The Master's degree program in Flight, Migration, Society prepares students for later professional activities in practice and research in the field of flight and migration by combining scientific and application-oriented study elements and enables them to contribute to a sustainable development of society.
It focuses on the interdisciplinary analysis of social transformation processes and approaches socio-spatial, economic, socio-cultural, political, legal and psychosocial dimensions of modern immigration societies and global migration dynamics. The program will address the interrelationship of regional and global structures and the historical momentum of migrations as well as different fields of social action – such as media, family, education, language and religion – and identity and foreignness in modern societies.
The Master’s degree program in Flight, Migration, Society can be studied in full-time or part-time and is aimed at graduates of degree programs in the social sciences, humanities and cultural studies. It was designed for interested graduate students from diverse disciplines with a strong interest in questions and problems surrounding flight, migration and integration processes as well as social transformation processes. It is also suitable for practitioners who are already working in the profession or have already gathered work experience and would like to qualify further.
In order to guarantee the quality of our teaching, the degree programs of our Faculty of History and Social Sciences are regularly accredited by independent agencies. The Master’s degree program Flight, Migration and Society has been assessed by the AQAS agency in summer 2021 and has received the accreditation council’s quality-label.
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The program in detail
The degree program consists of a total of 14 required modules (110 ECTS credits) and a required elective area (elective area and Studium.Pro with 5 ECTS credits each), which allows students to set their individual specialization. At the beginning of the program, students are introduced to the basics of the topic area of flight, migration and society, including legal and historical approaches, which are discussed and reflected on. Further required modules enable deeper approaches to the contents of the program. They are not assigned to individual disciplines, but are oriented towards various fields of social action, e.g. "Education and Family", "Glocal Dynamics", "Media and the Public" or "Institutions and Practice", to which different disciplines contribute their respective expertise. Parallel to this, students will be familiarized with procedures for data collection and evaluation and methods of, for example, empirical social research with a special focus on flight and migration research.
The second part of the Master's program consists of a practice and research-oriented specialization phase in which a student research project, a required internship and the elective section are completed. During this phase, students have the opportunity to not only gain practical but also international experience, e.g. by integrating a semester abroad into their studies or completing their required internship as part of a stay abroad. Finally, in the fourth semester, students write their scientifically substantiated Master's thesis.
Module plans (in German)
Rankings and assessments
KU students and alumni have voted for their University to be Germany's most popular university in the 2022 ranking of the online portal StudyCheck. This is the second time in a row, as KU was also voted the most popular university in 2021. The ranking was based on over 70,000 evaluations for more than 500 higher education institutions and universities. 97 percent of students questioned for the ranking would recommend studying at the KU to others.
"There is no better praise for a university than almost 100 percent of students and alumni agreeing: I can only recommend studying at the KU! That is why we are very pleased with the ranking’s outcome, because it expresses the high level of satisfaction of our students," says KU President Prof. Dr. Gabriele Gien.
Generally, students of the Master’s program in Flight, Migration, Society have the possibility to complete a semester abroad during their studies. It is recommended that they take their semester abroad in the third semester of the full-time program or the fifth or sixth semester in the part-time program. Students have the opportunity to discuss their planned stay abroad with the degree program coordinator and module coordinator at any time in advance, and thus be able to assess beforehand whether preferred courses at other universities can be credited to their program or not. In the Master’s program in Flight, Migration, Society, crediting of study achievements that have been acquired abroad is effected via the responsible board of examiners and, as a rule, in consultation with the respective module coordinators. Students are also supported by the KU International Office, both with regard to the semester abroad and the subsequent recognition of study achievements.
In addition, the required internship can also be completed abroad. Please contact the International Office for information on internships abroad (contacts, application and financing).
In addition to stays abroad, the Master’s program also offers students the opportunity to participate in international research and teaching formats, such as the "Migration Studies Summer Academy" or "Student Research Weeks", and thus contribute to the internationalization of the degree program in particular and the KU in general.
A required internship and other practice-oriented courses (e.g. the (Student) Research Project) impart application-oriented skills in the Master's program, while the "Institutions and Practice" module focuses on different players in the field of flight and migration.
The required internship must be completed in a field of activity that has a close relation to the degree program content. The minimum duration of the required internship is seven weeks (equivalent to 35 working days) and can divided between different time periods and institutions once.
After a case-by-case assessment, internships that have already been completed before enrolling in the Master's program in Flight, Migration, Society or other practical experience gained in the course of a professional activity can also be recognized (in part or in full). In each case, the reference to the field of flight and migration is decisive (see internship module description - in german).
Career possibilities and professional fields
The degree program qualifies graduates for a wide range of coordinating, conceptual, advisory and management tasks in the field of migration and refugee work. Career opportunities are available in public administration, public authorities and municipalities, churches and welfare organizations (e.g. activities connected to the organization and coordination of civic engagement), companies, chambers, political, private and church foundations, non-governmental organizations, the media, educational institutions and research. International organizations in development cooperation are a further professional field.
What students say about the program
"In the course of my several years of work in refugee counseling, I am fascinated by the multidimensional character and complexity of this field of work. The opportunity to study the Interdisciplinary Master's degree program part-time here in Eichstätt opened up new career prospects for me, in addition to further…
"In the course of my several years of work in refugee counseling, I am fascinated by the multidimensional character and complexity of this field of work. The opportunity to study the Interdisciplinary Master's degree program part-time here in Eichstätt opened up new career prospects for me, in addition to further opportunities for personal development and professional reflection. The topic of migration and society will certainly continue to gain importance in the future."
- One of our students on the question why she chose the Master's degree in Flight, Migration, Society:
Short distances on campus at the KU save time and avoid stress. The KU is a campus University with modern facilities. The buildings on campus are located close to the Eichstätt old town. Although the University and its campus has grown, it is still characterized by short distances: In Eichstätt, everything can be reached within ten minutes’ walking distance. On campus, green spaces such as the Hofgarten are the perfect places to relax. The garden of the Kapuzinerkloster is also used by different student initiatives for their projects. The canteen is located at the heart of the Eichstätt campus and has a sun deck and cafeteria that leave nothing to be desired.
What sets the KU apart
Studying at the KU is more than just acquiring specialist knowledge. We broaden our horizons together and take on responsibility in and beyond the individual degree programs. The KU has a particular focus on topics such as personal development, sustainability, social skills and social commitment.
It offers its students the possibility to study and work in a welcoming atmosphere and benefit from outstanding support and comprehensive service offers, a well-stocked library, a broad range of sports and leisure activities and a large global network of approx. 300 partner universities. Our team at the International Office helps you to plan your semester abroad and the KU Career Service provides comprehensive advice and support for embarking on your professional career.
Do I have to be Catholic in order to study at the KU? Do I have to deal with Catholic contents during my studies?
No, the KU is open to students of all faiths and beliefs.
At the KU, just as at all state universities, there is freedom of research and teaching. This means that our degree programs focus on the subjects for which you have enrolled – free from external influences.
As a student at our University, you will notice what our understanding of being a Catholic University means for us in one thing in particular: The University’s focus is on the individual person. The talents and potential of all those who teach, study, work and carry out research at the KU form our most important foundation – regardless of their religion or beliefs, nationality, ethical, cultural or social background, disabilities, gender, sexual orientation or age.
This is why we promote your best possible academic education through personal support and an ideal staff-to-student ratio. At the same time, the KU is more than just a place for earning your degree: We attach particular importance to imparting social skills and advancing our students’ sense and value orientation in addition to providing them with a high level of academic and methodical qualification.
Our aspiration for our University is to build bridges between science and society and to make knowledge available for society as well as to integrate impulses from outside the University into our research and teaching practice. We aim to make a valuable contribution to social coexistence, to the free democratic basic order and to preserving creation.
Isn’t Eichstätt quite small for a university town?
With a population of around 15,000, it is probably the smallest university town in Europe. For our students, this means living and learning in a friendly and informal atmosphere. Whether it is on the way to a lecture in the morning, at the canteen for lunch or in the pub in the evening, you will often come across people you know. It is easy to meet people in Eichstätt! By the way, the KU’s “living room” is the Theke, a bar run by students for students. Here, people meet for parties, jam sessions, karaoke evenings or a cozy round of table football.
A small town also means short distances: The library, the swimming pool, the cinema or the supermarket – everything can be reached in a few minutes on foot or by bike. The town is located right in the heart of the Altmühltal natural park – a real paradise for climbers, canoeists, hikers and cyclists just around the corner.
Should you still reach a point when you feel too cooped in, you can breathe big city air easily near Eichstätt. Ingolstadt with its 135,000 inhabitants is only a few kilometers away and offers a variety of shopping and nightlife options.
Eichstätt and the surrounding Altmühltal natural park are not only a popular destination for culture enthusiasts and nature lovers, but also for cyclists, climbers, canoeists and fossil collectors. Located between Munich and Nuremberg, the city impresses with its Baroque setting and southern flair combined with modern and prizewinning architecture as well as a broad variety of cultural offerings and leisure activities.
The Baroque park at the heart of the campus and the nearby banks of the Altmühltal river are the KU’s “green living room”. Another big advantage: all University facilities are just a short walk away from each other.
Some offers and study conditions are different for international students – our International Office is happy to provide help and support. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our team. We are happy to accompany you on your way to the KU and hope that we can welcome you in person soon!
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The application process for international applicants is now completely digital. You can register online in our application portal and carry out and submit your application. After you have carried out the application and uploaded your documents, you do not need to send your documents to us again by post. You do have to submit certified true copies only if you are admitted at the time of enrollment.
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