PARCOURS - Migration Studies (option International and European Law)

PARCOURS - Migration Studies (option International and European Law)

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The Master’s specialization in Migration Studies (MMS) is a new international, multidisciplinary specialization provided by Université Côte d’Azur within 3 Master’s programs: social sciences, international and European law, and political science. Read more


2 years
Institut de la paix et du développement (IDPD) / EUR Droit, Science Politique et Management
English / French



The Master’s specialization in Migration Studies (MMS) is a new international, multidisciplinary specialization provided by Université Côte d’Azur within 3 Master’s programs: social sciences, international and European law, and political science. It provides students with in-depth knowledge and specific skills in the field of migration, asylum, integration and discrimination. It is an excellent preparation for further academic study or careers in international organizations, NGOs, local and national administration, or the media.

 Duration: 2 years (Master 1 and Master 2, 120 ECTS) or 1 year (Master 2, 60 ECTS), depending on previous academic education and experience.

Course content: general training in the disciplinary major chosen by the student (either social sciences, political science or European and international law) and first introduction to migration studies (Master 1); advanced-level specialization in migration studies based on multidisciplinary approaches (Master 2).

Language of instruction: 85% French and 15% English (Master 1), English only (Master 2).

Degrees: At the end of the study program (Master 2), students will graduate with a Master’s Degree from Université Côte d’Azur either in international and European law, social sciences or political science (according to the student’s choice of degree).

In the current context of globalization, migration and the integration of immigrants and their descendants into existing societies have become crucial issues. The circulation of people, ideas and practices and the growing diversification of societies have had considerable consequences for law, public policies, and individual and collective social relations and experiences. Given this, there is a growing need for specific migration expertise that is founded on law, political science and social sciences. The Master's specialization in Migration Studies (MMS) offers students a comprehensive overview of this field of knowledge, through its multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approach.  

The course covers a wide range of questions, such as the causes and different types of migration, policies related to the regulation of migration flows, immigrant integration policies, construction and reconstruction of national belongings, racism and discrimination, intersectionality between race, class and gender, and developmental issues.

Students will be introduced to key theoretical concepts, major scientific debates and methodological tools related to the analysis of migration processes and their impact on societies. They will be given the skills to engage with these issues critically, taking into account their complex and multidimensional nature.

By joining the Master's specialization in Migration studies (MMS), you will develop your ability to build new perspectives, policies, and practices in the fields of migration, asylum, integration and anti-discrimination policies.

Unique approach: 

  • MMS is the first Master's specialization in the field of migration in France to be taught entirely in English (at the level of Master 2)
  • It is also one of the rare courses in Europe that draws extensively on 3 disciplinary fields: law, social sciences and political studies
  • You will have the opportunity to gain international experiences through reseach fieldwork and internships in Europe or Africa
  • You will learn to develop a critical, scientific and evidence-based approach to issues that are widely discussed in public debates

Experts on migration, integration and discrimination: 

  • You will be trained by scholars and professionals who specialize in migration and ethnic issues
  • Our program is linked to the Institute for migrations, which is the most important research network on migration-related issues in France
  • You will also benefit from the expertise of internationally renowned professors who are invited each year to take part to teaching
  • As future experts on migration, integration and discrimination, you will be prepared for further academic study or careers in international organizations, NGOs, public services, or the media
  • The program draws on a large network of partnerships for research and internship placements, and this facilitates your future integration into the professional sphere

Géraldine Bozec - Main contact


ERMES (Research Team on the Mutations of Europe and its Societies, linked to the Department of Political Science) brings together political scientists, public law specialists and legal historians, who question the construction and transformation of territories and political identities, and the evolutions of the European political and legal space, especially in relation to migration processes.

LADIE (Research Center in International and European Law) focuses on migrants and refugees’ rights, international humanitarian law, human rights law, security issues, the fight against transnational crime, the Common Foreign and Security Policy of the European Union, EU immigration policy. It took part in several European projects, including an INTERREG program funded by the European Union on “The EU and the Law of Migrants and Refugees”, in collaboration with the Institute of International Humanitarian Law of San Remo-Geneva (2008-2012).

URMIS (Migrations and Society Research Unit, linked to the Department of Sociology), was one of the first research centers in France to develop social science approaches to migrations and interethnic relations. It is a joint research center of the University of Nice, the University of Paris Diderot, the Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD) and the Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS). URMIS brings together researchers from various disciplines and is a unique space for debate and comparison, while also sharing a common theoretical understanding of national, ethnic and racial groups as social constructions.



Entry requirements:

  • Access to Master 1: Bachelor’s degree in law, social sciences, political science or any related discipline, depending upon the chosen master’s program.
  • Access to Master 2: Completion of a one-year postgraduate program (in either law, political science, social sciences or any related discipline) or Bachelor degree and professional/organizational experience in the fields of migration, integration and discrimination. 

Selection criteria:

  • High-quality previous academic education and grade obtained
  • Motivation, experience and projects related to migration and ethnic studies
  • Language proficiency: in English and French (Master 1); in English (Master 2).

Conditions of applications

Applications are to be completed online on MonMaster web platform:
  • Choose your Master's program (either social sciences, political science or European and international law) and select the Migration studies specialization (please note that for M1 in European and international law, it is only in your application file that you will specify your choice of the Migration studies specialization)
  • Complete your application file with all the requested documents
  • If you are admitted into one of these two programs, you have to confirm your decision online. Then you will receive an email that will direct you to a new platform where you can proceed to registration.

Campus France pour les étudiants étrangers :

Non-EU international students should contact Campus France in their country of origin to apply, provided that they live in one of the 42 countries concerned by the Campus France procedure (check the list of countries online). If not, they should follow the usual application procedure described above (ecandidat web platform).


Students choose to enroll in a Master’s program either in social sciences, international and European law or political science, with a specialization in "Migration studies" in each case. 

  • Master 1 (M1) provides a general grounding in one of the three main disciplinary fields (taught in French), while also introducing students to the broad field of migration and ethnic studies (through 2 multidisciplinary courses taught in English).

       See the detailed M1 syllabus for: social sciencespolitical scienceinternational and European law.

  • Master 2 (M2) offers an advanced-level specialization in migration and ethnic studies. The language of instruction is English. Migration and ethnic issues are approached through disciplinary courses (e.g. history of migration, asylum law, sociology of interethnic relations, etc.) and interdisciplinary seminars focusing on specific topics (such as human trafficking, prejudice and discrimination, for example). Students also acquire methodological skills in research and analysis (qualitative and quantitative techniques, methodologies in legal studies). They gain language and organizational skills through dedicated courses and training experiences. To be accepted directly into the second year, Master 2, students should have previously completed a 1-year postgraduate degree, or have at least a Bachelor degree and be able to demonstrate their interest and experience in the field of migration and ethnic studies.

       See the M2 syllabus for details about the content of the common "Migration studies" specialization, and specific courses provided by each Master's program

What's next ?

Business sector or job

The expertise that students gain through the program will prepare them for careers within the growing number of organizations concerned with issues related to migration, asylum, integration and discrimination: international organizations, NGOS, local and national governments, private companies or the media. They can also go on to pursue doctoral studies and academic careers.

The career development of our students is facilitated by their participation in the academic life of the research centers linked to the program, and by their internships in NGOS, or in the public or private sectors.

MMS relies on a broad network of partners including research centers, think tanks, public institutions, private companies and NGOs, at the regional, national and international levels. These partners provide assistance for students in securing internships and future employment.