The Master’s program in “Social Sciences, with a pillar specialization in Migration and Citizenship” at the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland is a two-year master with a strong interdisciplinary focus, headed by the Swiss Forum for Migration and Population Studies in collaboration with the Centre for Migration Law and other experts of the Maison d’analyse sociaux (MAPS). In its perspective on migration, mobility, citizenship and its political, economic and social consequences the program combines the disciplinary perspectives from sociology, history, geography, anthropology, political science, law, educational science and psychology. Students are trained in critical approaches deriving from different disciplines and in comparative analyses. They learn theoretical concepts as well as methodological tools to conduct their own empirical research, a 30 ECTS Master Thesis.

Specialization

Incoming EuMIGS Double Degree-students will follow a specialization in ‘migration and citizenship’. They will be trained in mobility and processes of socio-economic and political inclusion as contested issues in contemporary Europe. These topics are closely linked to the organizational shape of nation-states and the EU, but also with transnational processes observed at individual and societal scale.

Specific foci within the program include:

  • International migrations and mobilities and its institutional structures, policies and actors in a cross-national and historical perspective
  • Inclusion and exclusion of migrants at the social, cultural, economic, political and legal dimension
  • Comparative asylum policies
  • Transnationalism and diaspora studies
  • Gender and migration
  • Migration and religion
  • Borders, securitization and the mobility regimes
  • The globalization of cities as transnational places
  • The welfare state and its inclusive / exclusive capacities

Tentative course program for the semesters 3 and 4

EuMIGS-students will be offered the following courses which are also attended by our local UNINE students:

Semester 3 and 4 (= 30 ECTS)

  • Democracy as challenge to migration: historical and political perspectives (5 ECTS)
  • Immigrant political incorporation (5 ECTS)
  • Exploring migration and mobility from a transnational perspective (5 ECTS)
  • Security: a concept in Migration Law and Policies (5 ECTS)
  • Social network analysis within migration, ethnic and transnational studies (5 ECTS)
  • Migration, Citizenship, and the State: A Comparative Perspective (5 ECTS)
  • Participation in the MA Colloquium
  • Each course has its own evaluation procedure, but usually a paper (15-20 pages) is demanded

MA Thesis (= 30 ECTS)

  • Participation to the MA Colloquium
  • The MA Thesis can already start in Semester 3

Master thesis and examination requirements

EuMIGS-students will be offered all courses necessary to gain the credits and conditions for a formal admission to their master thesis and examination. These are the formal requirements for the process:

  • Students apply for admission stating identity data, their selected thesis topic and their suggestions for two supervisors.
  • One supervisor is required to be a member of the University of Neuchâtel, one of the two supervisors must be a professor, the other can hold a PhD. The final topic is laid down in agreement with the first supervisor. Both supervisors agree on a final grade with regard to the MA Thesis.
  • Examinees are required to participate in a colloquium in which they discuss the outline of their theses with their fellow students and supervisors at the beginning and during the writing process.
  • Supervisors and their scientific collaborators are expected to help the students refining their research topic and methodology and deciding what sources and literature need to be used; they offer advice in the analysis and interpretation of the data, review the student’s work, and provide him/her with feedback that allows improving it.
  • Both supervisors lay down the date for the submission of the master thesis and the final oral examination. As a rule, the thesis is assessed by the supervisors within six weeks after its submission. A public defence is hold by both supervisors at the Home Institution at a convened date according to the study regulation of the Home Institution. A copy of the thesis has to be delivered at both Universities.

The formal requirements for the master thesis are:

  1. A cover page with thesis title, name of the master programme (IMIB), the student’s name, the submission date, the names of the supervisors
  2. A table of contents
  3. Main text
  4. A hand-signed declaration of authorship
  5. Admitted languages: French, German, Italian and English (depending on language proficiency of the supervisors)
  6. Expected length: 80 to max. 100 pages.

In case a thesis is assessed with a “fail”, the examinee is entitled to resubmit its thesis a second and last time.

The following table shows the UNINE-scale for final grades:

Grades English grade description
6 outstanding
5.5 excellent
5 very good
4.5 good
4 satisfactory
<4 fail

Fees

Administrative fee of 90 CHF.

Contact and further details

Homepage: www.migration-population.ch

Responsible of the course:
Prof. Gianni D’Amato
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Secretariat:
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Responsible scientific collaborators:
Irina Sille
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Samantha Dunning
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