Malmö University
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IMER: Master's Thesis (two-year programme)
IMER: Master's Thesis (two-year programme)
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Faculty of Culture and Society

IMER: Master's Thesis (two-year programme)
UA / Excellent (A), Very Good (B), Good (C), Satisfactory (D), Pass (E) or Fail (U)
IMER: Masteruppsats
30 hp

Entry requirements
Bachelot's Degree in Social Science or Humanities and English 6 + 60 credits from the following courses: International Migration, Inclusion, and Exclusion (IM634L), Identity and Ethnicity in a Global Community (IM635L), Theory of Science and Research Methodology /IM626L, and Migration and Citizenship (IM633L)

Master's level

KSIMI / International Migration and Ethnic Relations

Depth of study
A2E / Second cycle, contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)

Depth of study in relation to degree requirements
The course is included as a part of the two-years Master’s program in International Migration and Ethnic Relations.

Course objectives
The course's purpose is to develop students' research skills.

Course contents
The course consists of the following module:
Project Work, 30 credits
The project work is a supervised project. Supervision is carried out on an individual basis and includes seminar meetings.

Learning outcomes
After the student has completed the course two-years master’s thesis in International Migration and Ethnic Relations s/he should be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the academic study in International Migration and Ethnic Relations.
  2. Display excellent academic writing skills in the English language.
  3. Identify, motivate and formulate an adequate aim and relevant research questions in the field of International Migration and/or Ethnic Relations.
  4. Critically and systematically integrate previous research relevant to independently defined research questions.
  5. Critically discuss and argue for independent theoretical and methodological choices in a research process.
  6. Independently gather empirical data.
  7. Integrate theory with the method in an in-depth analysis of empirical material and situate the study within the main field of International Migration and/or Ethnic Relations.
  8. Critically assess the research based on scientific and ethical aspects.
  9. Identify and critically argue the need for further knowledge within the chosen subject
  10. Independently plan and conduct research in the field of International Migration and/or Ethnic Relations within given time frames.
  11. Orally present and discuss other students’ scientific work as well as defend his or hers own work.

Learning activities
Supervision, seminar and the writing of a thesis. For further assistance, the student has access to the university’s computer rooms and library.
The student who has not finished the project work during the course or has not received a passing grade on the project work at the end of the course cannot be guaranteed continued supervision.

Examination is in the form of a written thesis and a seminar wherein the student defends his/her thesis. The written thesis counts for 28 credit points, and the opposition seminar counts for 2 credit points.
The student who does not pass the regular course examinations have the minimum of two re-sit opportunities. Re-sits take the same form as the original exams. The student does not, however, need to defend the thesis with the same topic more than one time.

Course literature and other study material

Course evaluation
All students are offered an opportunity to give oral or written feedback at the end of the course.

Interim rules
If a course is no longer offered or has undergone major changes, students will be offered a minimum of two re-take sessions based on the syllabus in force at registration during a period of one year from the date of the implementation of the changes.