Universitat Rovira i Virgili

Urban Anthropology, Migrations and Social Intervention


This master's degree enables students to understand, analyse and intervene in the social and cultural life of a plural and constantly changing urban society, with special emphasis on migrations and cultural diversity.

The theory and methodology is largely taken from the fields of social anthropology and social work. The students receive training in urban anthropology; migrations and cultural diversity; and social intervention. The focus of the programme is interdisciplinary and it is designed to lead to a professional or research career.

Career opportunities

Master's Degree in Urban Anthropology, Migrations and Social Intervention

Duration 90 ECTS credits - a year and a half
Track Research and professional

If there are sufficient students, three specialisations can be activated:

  • Urban Anthropology
  • Migrations and Cultural Diversity
  • Social Intervention


Timetable Afternoon/evening from 4 to 8 p.m. (two days a week, with some free weeks). You can check the timetable at Anthropology, Philosophy and Social Work Department website.
Work placement Students can choose to do a work placement (6 credits). The preferences of students are taken into account when selecting a place to work.
Mobility Mobility is not a condition of the master's degree but interested students are given the chance to visit another university, particularly with a view to preparing their master's thesis.
Language of Instruction Spanish, Catalan. The language used in class will adapt to the language profile of the students.
Places available 20
Collaborating Institutions Local authorities, health centres, NGOs, associations and schools collaborate in the practical training
Faculty Facultay of Arts
Associated doctoral programme Anthropology and Communication
Website of the master's degree Master's Degree in Urban Anthropology, Migrations and Social Intervention
Course dates September 2016 to June 2017
Master's degree thesis The master's degree thesis is drafted during the third and last quarter. The work must be submitted in February, but the students can choose to postpone the deadline to June or September if they wish.
Academic coordinator Dr. Maria Montserrat Soronellas Masdeu
Coordinator's email address mariamontserrat.soronellas(ELIMINAR)@urv.cat
Administration contact details

Campus Catalunya Secretariat for Academic Management

977 297 000


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Specific grants for this master's degree

This master's degree has a URV grant for international students and five grants for teaching assistants. These grants are announced in the month of March. You can find information on: www.urv.cat/masters_oficials/en_beques_edpd.html


Quality assurance

         Master's Degree thesis regulations

Student Profile

This master's degree is designed for graduates of the degree in Anthropology and Social Work, but is also offered to graduates of humanities and social sciences (sociology, political science, geography, social education, etc.) and graduates in architecture and urbanism who are interested in training in urban studies from a social and humanistic viewpoint.








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FIRST YEAR: Compulsory Subjects

Yearly subjects
12815106 Case Studies 6
First semester
12815101 Contemporary Cities and Metropolises 6
12815103 Welfare State and Social Policies 6
12815105 Ethnographic Method and Urban Research Techniques 6  
Second semester
12815102 Migrations and Multiculturalism * 6
12815104 Social Conflict, Participation and Mediation 6
12815107 Workshop on Demography 6
  Optional subjects 18

SECOND YEAR: Compulsory Subjects

First semester
12815108 Methodologies of Intervention in the Urban Ambit * 6
12815301 Final Project * 12
  Optional subjects 12

* These subjects make up the competences required for the subject Career Counselling Citinzenship.


In this section you will find the list of all the optional subjects on the curriculum. Before you select the subjects you wish to register for, please make sure that they have been activated


Students can choose to thake the 30 elective credits without considering the different specialities, or take one of the speciality that will appear in the name of the degree.

Specialty Urban Anthropology (30 ECTS)

12815201 History and Theory of Anthropology 6
12815203 Transnational Social Movements 6
12815204 Postindustrialism, Globalization and Risk Society 6
12815212 City, Leisure and Sport 6
12815214 Urban Policies Heritage and Tourism 6
12815215 Gender, Sexuality and Love In Urban Globalised Society 6

 Specialty Migrations and Cultural Diversity (30 ECTS)

12815206 Contemporary Migrations Contexts and Logics 6
12815208 Public Policies in Migrations and Cultural Diversity 6
12815209 Legal Framework Governing Migrations 6
12815210 Economic Policies of Transnationalism and Codevelopment 6
12815211 Transnational Migratory Projects Genre, Family and Generations 6

Specialty Social Intervention (30 ECTS)

12815202 Systematization of Practices for Research and Intervention 6
12815205 Third Sector and Social Participation 6
12815207 Emerging Contexts and Spaces of Intervention 6
12815213 Programmes and Policies for Social Inclusion 6
12815501 Professional Practicals 6

Especific requirements

Admission qualifications

A degree in the field of humanities and social sciences; a degree in the field of architecture and urbanism.

Specific documentation

As well as the compulsory documentation required for pre-enrolment on the programme, students must also submit the following documents:

Selection criteria

Pre-enrolled students will be selected according to the following criteria:

1. Suitability of the admission qualification: up to 4 points, according to the following scale:
    a) Degrees in the humanities and social sciences: up to 4 points.
    b) Other qualifications: 0 points.
2. Evaluation of the students' academic record in the university degree qualifying them for admission to the master's degree: up to 3 points.
3. Higher level of English than required (elementary): up to 1 point.
4. Complementary training relevant to the content of the master's degree (courses, seminars or other training activities, for which proof must be provided): up to 1 point.
5. Extended stays (at least four weeks, proof must be provided) in English-speaking countries: up to 1 point.

Check the regulations governing access and admission