Official Master's Degree in International Migration

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Submission of applications:
Start: January 9, 2017
End: October 16, 2017.

1 or 2 years (online/Face-to-face study)

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Credits: 60 ECTS
Places available: 50, Spanish or English

  • Tradition: experts are formed in migrations since 2002
  • Official Masters: 9th edition of the Master in International Migration, adapted to the European Higher Education Area (EEES)
  • Bilingual: in English or Spanish
  • Flexible: adaptable to workload availability of time student; online system with a face week; possibility to take the course in 1 or 2 years
  • Personal attention: tutors; academic, and research practices
  • Interactive and dynamic system with teachers and peers - forums, chats, week face
  • Professional practices guaranteed in national and international organizations
  • Opportunity to integrate into our teams: Institute of Migration - IUEM; Ibero-American Observatory on Human Mobility, Migration and Development - OBIMID; Chair of Refugees and forced migrants
  • Career opportunities: intervention, consulting, research
  • Scholarships: ask for them HERE

Admission profile: 

The Master is aimed at all kinds of graduates, recent graduates students, academics, professionals from the business world, researchers and staff of international organizations who wish to professionalize and improve their professionalism in the field of international migration and human mobility as well as students who want to develop their research capacity in this field.

Language: Spanish or English, chosen by the student.

Places: 50

The registration period will be open from January 9 until October 16, 2017.


Start: October, 2017

Completion: August 2018 or 2019 *

* The training program may be taken in two modes: a partial (two years / academic courses) full time (one year / academic year) o.


The Master uses blended learning methodology that combines online learning with intensive classroom sessions for a week in February.

Economic system:

The amount of the full fee of the Master is € 6,420.00. broken down into:

  • Tuition and fees full secretarial course: € 1,884.00.
  • 8 monthly installments of € 567.00 each.

Find out more here about our Study Grants

Degree: Master in International Migration

Credits: 60 ECTS credits. (Europeam Credit Transfer System)

Entry requirements:

  • Possession of a Bachelor degree or equivalent.
  • Have a good academic record.
  • Previous professional experience in international migration will be assessed.
  • Knowing at least one other language, preferably English.


Start: January 9, 2017
End: October 16, 2017

Admission process:

  • Register online admission portal;
  • Fill out the application to file and download the online admission test;
  • Deliver documentation, online admission test and the application printed and signed by hand or by mail / courier in the Service of Academic Titles and General Secretariat of the Universidad Pontificia Comillas Management. C / Alberto Aguilera, 23 28015 Madrid.
  • Study phase: upon receipt of the application and documentation, candidates will proceed to the stage: "Study of the application"
  • Communication from the resolution: the resolution on the admission shall be communicated to interested besides mail sent to email indicated in the petition. The candidate may also track the status of their application through the Admissions Portal.

The admission criteria and their weighting in the overall requirements are:

  • Academic record (40%).
  • Resume and cover letter. At this point you take into account professional experience in the field of migration in order to compensate deficiencies regarding recommended academic profile (up 30%).
  • Knowledge of different language to that in which the master, B2 level curse (up 15%).
  • Test access (up to 15%).

Admission to the master is competitive. In any case a weighted average rating of at least 7 out of 10 is required.

When the student interested in access has some type of physical disability, you can have personalized information and support in Care Program Students with Disabilities Social Work Unit.

Master director:

Mercedes Fernández García

Master Coordination: 

Tomas Castillo Crasto


Instituto Universitario de Estudios sobre Migraciones (University Institute of Studies on Migration)

Universidad Pontificia Comillas (Comillas Pontifical University)

C/Alberto Aguilera 23, 28015 Madrid.

Phone: (+34) 91 542 2800

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  • Providing a multidisciplinary perspective of human migration.
  • Teaching and training the persons who will be involved directly with migrants and the agents involved in the process of research and innovation in this field.
  • Contributing to the search for practical solutions and to international cooperation in migration management on a global scale.
  • The education system blended learning mode combines online with face sessions. This system online platform Moodle (Virtual Campus) accessible from the Internet and manages and is fully developed through which students have access to a learning community where diverse career paths are also shared.
  • This system is combined with a series of tutorials conducted by videoconferencing systems, skype or similar and teleseminar addition to the sessions to be held during the actual week. Thus the student has the comfort of classroom study without obligation, without losing the personal touch with the teacher and the course coordinator.



  • CB_01 - Acquiring knowledge in various fields of study based on reading of advanced materials and from areas of knowledge at the forefront of the field.
  • CB_02 - Ability to apply and integrate their knowledge, their understanding of such, in addition to their scientific reasoning and problem-solving abilities in new and undefined environments, including multidisciplinary contexts involving highly specialized researchers and practitioners.
  • CB_03 - Being able to manage information appropriately, by employing and analyzing different sources, and summarize and analyze relevant data so as to issue opinions involving a personal reflection on pertinent social, scientific or ethical topics.
  • CB_04 - Being able to convey information, ideas, issues and solutions to both specialized and lay audiences alike.
  • CB_05 - Having the confidence necessary to participate in research projects and scientific collaborations within their field of expertise, in interdisciplinary contexts and, where appropriate, involving significant knowledge transfer.
  • CB_06 - Understanding and valuing the perspectives of other cultures and customs; recognizing cultural and human diversity; appreciating its value and scope; being able to manage such cultural diversity in various professional settings.
  • CB_07 - Taking responsibility for their own professional development and specialization in one or more fields of expertise.
  • CB_08 - Developing the study skills necessary to engage in lifelong learning.



  • CE_01 - Understanding the history of human mobility and migration.
  • CE_02 - Understanding the fundamental sociology concepts related to migration.
  • CE_03 - Understanding economic theories from the point of view of migration.
  • CE_04 - Understanding the principles of social psychology applicable to the field of migration.
  • CE_05 - Understanding Foreign Nationals and Immigration Law from a global perspective.
  • CE_06 - Understanding new forms of citizenship and approaches from political philosophy to the field of migration.
  • CE_07 - Understanding the structure and functioning of the labor market from the point of view of migration.
  • CE_08 - Understanding Foreign Nationals and Immigration Law through immigration systems worldwide.
  • CE_09 - Understanding general aspects of integration and social cohesion.
  • CE_10 - Learning about the educational rights and paths of immigrants.
  • CE_11 - Analyzing the social evolution of immigrant populations.
  • CE_12 - Learning about the symbolic nature of human mobility: Religion, ethnicity, diversity, conflictivity. Gaining a basic understanding of migration related to theology.
  • CE_13 - Learning about the link between migration and the level or development in the countries of origin and destination.
  • CE_14 - Understanding the connection between immigration and the welfare state.
  • CE_15 - Analyzing the situation of particularly vulnerable people and people at risk in migration processes.
  • CE_16 - Understanding the relationships between globalization and transnational movements.
  • CE_17 - Learning about emerging trends in the international agenda on migration.
  • CE_18 - Learning about the different types of data source related to migration.
  • CE_19 - Developing research skills in the field of migration.
  • CE_20 - Optimizing information and communications technologies.
  • CE_21 - Being able to conduct original research on any aspect of migration, which can demonstrate their research capabilities.
  • CE_22 - Integrating knowledge and handling the more complex aspects associated with formulating proposals in professional practice, including reflections on the social and ethical responsibilities linked to the application of knowledge   and opinions developed throughout the Master's program.







Human mobility, migrations and their economic driving forces 3 ECTS

Psychosocial approach to international migrations 3 ECTS

Political and legal perspective on international migrations 3 ECTS



Structure of labour markets 3 ECTS

Alien laws and immigration in global migration systems 3 ECTS

Integration and social cohesion 3 ECTS

Education systems in origin and destination contexts3 ECTS

Second generations: family and populations emerged from immigration 3 ECTS

The symbolic dimension of human mobility 3 ECTS

Migrations and development 3 ECTS



The welfare State or the social benefits system: crisis and rights. Public policies on immigration 3 ECTS

Especially vulnerable people and risk situations related to migration processes 3 ECTS

Globalisation and transnational movements 3 ECTS

Migrations issues on international agendas 3 ECTS



Introduction to research and professional intervention: detection, diagnose and study 2 ECTS

Data sources: types of sources, access, and use 2 ECTS

Use of information and communication technologies 2 ECTS







The Master's Degree in Contemporary International Migration caters to the need for skilled professionals in different areas related to migration, involves many different areas, and requires specific and complex preparation and training.

  • In relation to the organizations involved in the analysis and management of migration processes, the students are trained to perform management and/or technical tasks within public or private-sector institutions (government bodies, NGOs, foundations, international organizations).
  • Teaching on the Master's program is also intended to promote an advanced training in the field of research for those students who wish to work both in academia and in R&D.
  • Moreover, the Master's students have full access to the Internship and Careers Office at Comillas Pontifical University.

Holding this Master's Degree is a precondition to being admitted to the official Doctorate Program in International Migration and Development Cooperation offered by the University Institute of Studies on Migration.

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