HMGK03291U AMIS: Researching Migration - Methodological Approaches

Volume 2022/2023

Advanced Migration Studies


Migration is a subject that calls for interdisciplinary approaches and variety in methods. This course gives an introduction to key disciplines and central methodological discussions of migration studies through lectures, ‘hands-on’ experience with a variety of specific methods, and examples from current research projects on migration. We will consider the fundamentals of the research process, and how to evaluate, choose and combine the appropriate methods depending on the topic. We will also discuss what it means to work inter-disciplinarily and reflect on the specific challenges and predicaments that pertain to studying migration. What challenges, for example, arise when one wants to study movement, borders, unregistered residents or illegal migrants? What are the proper methodological and method considerations as well as the ethical implications at stake? Through a combination of text readings, teaching and practical workshops, the course aims to provide students with the foundation for using and evaluating migration research as well as preparing students for doing research themselves. 


Exam code: HMGK03291E

This course is only available to Full Degree Students at Advanced Migration Studies and Erasmus Students visiting through an agreement with Advanced Migration Studies (EuMIGS Partners).
The course is structured as a combination of class teachings, ‘laboratory workshops’, and excursions, where students will get acquainted with the practicalities of doing migration research.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 56
  • Preparation
  • 203
  • Exam Preparation
  • 130
  • Total
  • 389
Feedback by final exam (In addition to the grade)
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Course participation under invigilation
Type of assessment details
Take home-assigment, set subject, following active class participation. 4-5 standard pages.

The active class participation consists of 2-4 group-based semester assignments of 2-3 standard pages each.
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Exam period



Conducted in the same manner as the original exam.

Exam in case of non-approved active student participation:
Take-home assigment with a set subject. 16-20 standard pages. One week is given to complete the assignment.
Criteria for exam assesment