Information on the Programme „Master Cultural Relations and Migration“

Programme Description

The post-graduate MA Programme Cultural Relations and Migration is a one-year programme open to university graduates who have experience working in psychological, social, educational or cultural fields at a national or international level. Lecturers with a broad scientific, practical and research experience will work with you on the following topics:

  • diversity, citizenship and inter/transcultural education
  • group focused conflict, discrimination and racism
  • psychosocial approaches to working in conflict regions
  • psychosocial approaches to working with refugees
  • multilingualism and language politics
  • migration and globalisation


Students who finish their programme with 300 ECTS will receive a Master of Arts (MA)

Career Opportunities

This post-graduate programme qualifies for working in a variety of working fields such as inter/transcultural education, social management with a focus on migration, anti-discrimination and anti-racism work, psychosocial work and work with refugees in migration societies and post-conflict areas. You will be qualified to implement your own concepts and ideas in the field of migration and to take on positions in educational institutions, psychosocial organisations and in (inter)national, governmental and non-governmental organisations.

Admission Criteria

  • first university degree – 240 ECTS (applicants with less than 240 ECTS can participate and will receive a certificate at the end of the programme)
  • first work experience after graduation
  • good knowledge of English

Lanuage Requirements

The classes will be held mainly in english with some german classes. All asignments can be handed in in english or german and also oral exams have the two language options.


The academic year starts on the 12th of October 2020. For your application please send us a resume, a motivation letter and a copy of your university certificate via email to:

Tuition Fees

3.800,-Euro tuition fees for one as well as two years (grün)

Study Plan and Module Description „Cultural Relations and Migration“

Module 1   Theoretical Approaches and Methods (8 ECTS)

Tutorial       Scientific Work and Study Skills (2 SWS)

This tutorial gives students orientation in their study programme during their first semester. It is a forum for exchange and reflection. Students are introduced to methods and practice of academic work and academic writing such as using the library system, literature review, giving presentations and writing seminar papers.

Seminar      Diversity Training and Biography Work (2 SWS)

In this introductory course we discuss and reflect experiences of our own biografies in regard to culture, socialisation and diversity. Participants will have the opportunity to learn more about education and migration, psychosocial interventions in transcultural settings and anti-discrimination work. They will deepen their awareness for causes and forms of inclusion and exclusion and become more aware of processes of identity building dealing with conflicts of belonging and difference. The seminar helps to develop more transcultural competences, communication skills and supports the team building in the different verse study groups of the programme.

Seminar       Introduction to Cultural Studies and Cultural Theory (2 SWS)

This course introduces basic concepts of cultural studies. The focus is on the ways in which one can think critically about cultural and societal phenomena through a variety of analytical axes or frames. To do this, the course provides a number of examples of critical thinking such as Critical Race Theory, Postcolonial Theory, Gender Studies, Queer Theory and the concept of “Othering”. It requires participants to apply critical thinking to an object of analysis of their choice.

Modul 2       Psychosocial Dimensions of Persecution, War and Forced Migration                                      (8    ECTS)

Seminar         Psychosocial approaches for working in (post)conflict areas (2 SWS)

This seminar is an introduction to psychosocial concepts and methods for working in conflict and post-conflict areas. More specifically an introduction to psychosocial conflict analysis is given and the conceptual meanings and implications of the terms persecution/fear, destruction/trauma and loss/grief is explained. The seminar focusses on practical work in „Ongoing Conflicts“ and on issues of „Dealing with the Past“(post conflict scenarios). The complicated role of International Cooperation/International Aid is discussed.

Seminar          Psychosocial approaches for working with refugees (2 SWS)

The topic of this course is psychosocial working areas in connection with forced migration.
We will focus on psychological and social consequences of war and flight, as well as on
issues of participation and the construction of belonging in the receiving society. We will critically interrogate the term integration will be interrogated and explore what theoretical
models are offered by social sciences and what specific characteristics of trauma and
psychological stresses in the context of migration and exile exist. We will analyse
psychological concepts for working with refugees and migrants within the receiving
society. We will move beyond intervention strategies focusing on an exclusively
“therapeutic” perspective in order to understand the importance of broader approaches of
psychological, social and educational interventions.

Modul 3        Migration and Education (8 ECTS)

Seminar         Education in Migration Societies (2 SWS)

This seminar is an introduction to theory and practise of intercultural/transcultural education. We will work with different concepts of education in migration societies and analyse them in regard to their historical, cultural and societal meaning. The history of migration in Europe and Germany, as well as the current situation of global migration (case studies) are the basis for this course. Good practice examples from the field of global education, community education and democratic education will be introduced.

Seminar         Multilingualism and Education (2 SWS)

This seminar discusses main questions in educational policies in the context of migration, language competencies and equal educational opportunities. Public policy in regard to offical languages and the use of minority languages in social services and at work are discussed using different examples. In the second part of the course language acquisition processes of first and second languages, main dimensions and principals of German as a second language and language education as well as different methodological and didactical approaches of language development are discussed and worked on.

Modul 4       Diversity Competence in Theory and Practice (8 ECTS)

Lectures on Theory and Practice of Exclusion and Inclusion as Objects of Cultural Relations and Migration (2 SWS)

The lecture series looks at working fields of cultural relations and migration and practise examples.its working practices. Approaches of intercultural/transcultural work as well as experiences from grass root projects against discrimination and racism are introduced and discussed. The metropolis Berlin with its different fields of migration and cultural relations will be explored. Researchers and stakeholders from different governmental and non-governmental organisations share their experiences and give the possibility for a critical review of their work and encourage student’s projects and master theses.

Seminar          Group Focused Enmity- Challenges for professional action (2 SWS)

The current debate and manifestations of racism such as anti-semitism and anti-sinti and –roma rasicm are at the center of this seminar. To complete the picture attitute studies will be presented. Following this the current discourse in social science will be analysed, in which these phenomenons occur. Using methods from educational and psychosocial practise we analyse how the different approaches try to solve the discussed phenonemons.

Module 5      Project (12 ECTS)

Seminar          Introduction and Preliminary Project Planning (2 SWS)

This course looks at the planning, implementing and evaluation of projects conducted by the students in the field of migration and cultural relations. In the first part basic knowledge of project management and the requirements for a successfull project in an intercultural/transcultural field are introduced. Students develop their own project ideas from what they learned in other courses and plan its implementation in a working field.

Colloquium: Supervised Project Work (2 SWS)

In the phase of implementing the students projects we offer a problem centered coaching. Students report about their experiences with their projects and questions that are related to the implementation of the projects will be discussed by using methods of collegue consulting and peer support.

Master Thesis (16 ECTS)

Colloquium (2 SWS)

The colloquium provides deeper knowledge in scientific writing and research methods for writing the master thesis. Research plans and results in the field of qualitative research can be presented and discussed with other students in this research colloquium.