1 academic year full time, 2 academic years part time (60 ECTS credits)


 From September to June

Tuition fee

 Tuition fee of the current year



Course types


Doctoral studies to which it grants acces

 PhD in Political and Social Sciences




 Campus de la Ciutadella 




  • Academic Contact details: Ricard Zapata-Barrero ([email protected]).

  • Department administrative contact: Blanca Ribera ([email protected]).

  • This master’s programme is taught in English and will accept a maximum of 25 students.

  • This master’s programme offers a double degree itinerary with some European universities (see website for further information).



The main aim of the Master in Migration Studies is to provide a solid base in theoretical and applied research, knowledge and tools in migration studies.  It will enable students to conduct first research, case studies and comparative studies, and to implement various techniques, frameworks and a approaches in migration research. As the master’s program is connected with the Department’s Interdisciplinary Research Group of Immigration (GRITIM-UPF), students will automatically benefit from all this group’s activities, including Seminars, Workshops with stakeholders, and research meetings. The master’s  program’s philosophy reflects the three pillars on which GRITIM-UPF’s activities are based: Research, Training, and Knowledge Exchange and Capacity Building Promotion.


Areas of specialisation, focus and principles

The two basic areas of specialisation are:

  • Researcher who seeks to prepare for doctoral programme, or for incoporation in a research Center or Institute.
  • Expert, who seeks specialized expertise for professional employment related to migration.


The main thematic and methodological dimensions defining the master’s program’s focus are:

  • Emphasis on migration politics and public policies

  • Governance of immigration and diversity

  • International relations and migration

  • Qualitative migration research

  • Geographic focus on Europe and the Mediterranean

  • Interdisciplinaritity


The principles followed by the master's program will seek to consolidate key transversal dimensions in all the courses, which we consider crucial to ensure coherence, especially in the areas of migration and diversity.

  • Ethical treatment of the topics and humanism

  • Awareness of gender issues in migration research

  • Social class, inequalities and discrimination

  • Multi-level research: combining macro, meso and micro levels of analysis, as well as top-down and bottom-up approaches

  • Research-policy nexus (linked to political and social agenda)



  • Academic researchers in migration and diversity studies

  • Professionals for foundations, consultancies and research institutes and centres at local, national and international levels

  • Expert specialists at all levels of administrations and governments

  • Managers of immigration programmes for social non-profit organizations


Teaching staff

Courses will be taught by internationally recognized academics, researchers and experts within their teaching areas. The complete list of lecturers will be published on the website. 


See here for further details on courses and structure.