Cities, Migration and Global Interdependence (research)

The master specialisation Cities, Migration and Global Interdependence (CMGI) focuses on urbanisation, migration, and economic development in a comparative and global context.

Programme information

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To gain a historical understanding of these phenomena, you focus on changes and continuities from the 16th century to the 20th century. Our approach is interdisciplinary; we apply and adapt theories from sociology, anthropology, political science, criminology and economics. We pay systematic attention to differences based on gender, class, ethnicity and religion. We learn out students to work with a wide variety of sources such as diaries, newspapers, parliamentary papers, population registers, interviews, novels, photos and films, statistics, and business archives.

Within our programme we look at the movement of people, goods, services, capital, and ideas. All these migrations and movements engendered change, for those who moved and for those who stayed. You will study the impact of connections, and changes within them, on cultures, state formation, economies and societies. Our students study means and restrictions, which can be demographic, physical, spatial, political, institutional, legal, technical, financial, or imagined.

Detailed information on the components of the Research MA may be found on Programme Information Research MA History.


Timetables and calendar

Prospectus: programme overview and course descriptions

The Prospectus contains overviews and course details for all programmes in the Faculty of Humanities (and other faculties). The information in the Prospectus is updated annually, in June. Please consult the Cities, Migration and Global Interdependence section of the Prospectus for more information.

Application, enrolment and examinations

  • To enroll in a specific course or examination, use the Study administration system uSis.
  • This website is intended for students who are already enrolled in the programme. Prospective students looking for application information should consult unileidenmasters.nl.

Study advice

Every department (or degree programme) has a Co-ordinator of Studies (studiecoördinator). The Co-ordinator of Studies knows all the ins and outs of the programme and can help with any problems. Typical subjects to discuss with the Co-ordinator of Studies are: student progress (and delay) and exam regulations.

Graduation procedures

MA students who are ready to apply for their graduation should follow the graduation procedure. See the graduation website for more information about this procedure, the MA thesis, and how to deregister from Leiden University after graduation.

Teaching and Examination Regulations and Faculty Regulations

All the rights and obligations of students in the Humanities faculty are set out in regulations. The most important of these are indicated below. (The list is not exhaustive; more documentation on regulations may appear here in the future.)

  • Teaching and Examination Regulations state the contents of your programme and the specialisations within the programme.
  • Registration for lectures, tutorials and tests is obligatory: see the uSis registration procedure.
  • The Student Charter informs students about what they can expect from the University and what the University expects from them.
  • Regulations on plagiarism are in place, to counter any instances of malpractice. These regulations provide advice on how to use sources and citations.

Boards, committees, and co-participation

Students within the Faculty of Humanities, are represented in the following boards and committees:

  • the Departmental Teaching Committee
  • the Departmental or Institute Administration or Institute Board
  • the Faculty Council
  • the Faculty Board

Another committee that is relevant to your studies, but in which students are not represented, is the Board of Examiners.

Contact and staff History

Last Modified: 01-12-2016