International focus

Privileged partnerships with overseas institutions

Specialized library

Extensive resources in migration & ethnic studies

What is the Master’s specialization in Migration Studies?

The Master’s specialization in Migration Studies (MMS) is a new international, interdisciplinary specialization provided by Université Côte d’Azur within 3 Master’s programs: international and European law, social sciences and political science. Located in Nice and drawing on the expertise of specialized researchers and professionals, it provides students with in-depth knowledge and specific skills in the field of migration and ethnic relations. It will therefore provide excellent preparation for further academic study or careers in international organizations, NGOs, local and national administration, or the media.

MMS is the one of the rare master’s specialization in Europe to provide an international and interdisciplinary perspective on migration and ethnic issues, drawing on the insights of law, political science and social sciences (sociology, history, and anthropology in particular).

Duration: 1 year (Master 2, 60 ECTS) or 2 years (Master 1 and Master 2, 120 ECTS).

Start Date: 2018-2019 (M1), 2019-2020 (M2)

Language of instruction: English (M2), French and English (M1).

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).

Depending upon the agreements signed by Université Côte d’Azur with international partners and the courses students follow abroad, they can also obtain a degree from a partner University in Europe or Africa.

Teaching staff

Main contact for the specialization & coordinator for the Degree in social sciences

Coordinators for the other degrees

Antonello Tancredi

International and European law

Soline Laplanche-Servigne

Political science

Teaching staff (Université Côte d’Azur)

Lucie Bargel

Political science

Romane Blassel


Giulia Bonacci


Géraldine Bozec


Valérie Erlich


Yvan Gastaut


Rania Hanafi

Educational sciences

Gilles Ivaldi

Political science

Soline Laplanche-Servigne

Political science

Valérie Pietri


Christine Pina

Political science

Swanie Potot


Christian Rinaudo


Marie-Hélène Sa Vilas Boas

Political science

Laura Schuft


Invited Professors

Aleksandra Grzymała-Kazłowska

University of Warsaw (Poland), Institute of Sociology/ Centre of Migration Research


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 disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches.

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

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 engages with these issues critically, taking into account their complex and multidimensional nature.

An international study program

MMS has a strong international dimension, which is key to tackling such a global phenomenon. In this program, migration and ethnic issues are analyzed both at the European and the global level, as well as from cross-national comparative perspectives (comparison of legislations, public policies and migrants’ practices in different national cases).

The specialization will attract students from a range of national backgrounds, which means they have a concrete experience of cultural diversity and intercultural relations. Researchers from the Université Côte d’Azur are specialized in the study of migration and ethnic issues in different geographical areas and their expertise is complemented by that of the internationally renowned researchers who are also invited from around the world to teach courses each year.

The Master’s specialization in Migration Studies strongly encourages student mobility. Students are given the opportunity to study and carry out research projects or internships in various partner Universities and research centers in Europe and Africa. In particular, MMS draws on international partnerships with the following countries: Italy (Bologna), Poland (Warsaw), Tunisia (Tunis and Sousse), and Kenya (Nairobi).


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.

Research centers linked to the program

The specialization draws on the expertise offered by three research centers specialized in migration and ethnic studies.

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. ERMES researchers question the construction and reconstruction of territories, political identities and belongings, and the evolutions of the European political and legal space, especially in relation to migration processes. They address the issue of the building of boundaries from the perspective of law, history, and political sociology. Some of them also work on the legal treatment of racial discrimination and racist acts.

LADIE (Research Center in International and European Law) focuses on various fields of international and European law, such as security issues, international humanitarian law, human rights law, migrants and refugees’ rights, the fight against transnational crime, the Common Foreign and Security Policy of the European Union, EU immigration policy. LADIE has organized numerous scientific events, conferences, and symposia on topics such as the “European Union and the protection of refugees and migrants” (2010), “Managing the external borders of the European Union: challenges and opportunities for security and safety” (2010), “Migrants in the Mediterranean: what protection for refugees?” (2015), and “The European Union and the refugee crisis” (2016). LADIE has taken 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 brings together researchers from various disciplines (primarily sociology, but also anthropology, history and political science). 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). Research conducted by URMIS members covers a wide range of issues, such as the management of immigration issues by public institutions and political parties, transnationalism, cultural dynamics in multiethnic societies and in contexts of globalization, the construction of ethno-racial categories and otherness, interethnic relations, racism and discrimination. URMIS is a unique space for debate and comparison of theoretical and methodological concerns related to migration and ethnic issues, while also sharing a common theoretical understanding of national, ethnic and racial groups as historical and social constructions.