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Master Sociology

Social Cohesion in a European context

The Master in Sociology is an English-taught program that focuses on the analysis of issues relating to social cohesion, for example, populism, social contacts, solidarity. Students of the Master’s program are taught to translate social problems into sociological research questions and analyze them with the aid of theories and advanced research methods. Students will also learn to evaluate policy and to derive policy solutions from results of sociological analyses. 

The Master's program in Sociology offers several options for students who are interested in the academic field of Sociology. The Master options are:

Master's program in Sociology

The Master in Sociology is an English-taught one-year program (60 ECTS) that focuses on the analysis of problems of social cohesion (e.g., crime, social contacts, solidarity). It does so comparing individuals and countries. The Master program has a theoretical- empirical research focus. Social problems and issues are translated into sociological research questions and analyzed with the aid of theories and advanced research methods. Students will also learn how policy solutions can be derived from results of sociological analyses, and to evaluate policy.

Start: End of August (first intake moment). End of January (second intake moment).

Duration: One-year master's program, consists of 60 ECTS

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Extended Master Sociology (incl. Traineeship)

The Extended Master in Sociology (EMS) consists of the (regular) program of the Master Sociology extended with a unique one-year traineeship position. The entire program lasts 18 months (90 ECTS). During the first semester, EMS students will do the course work of the regular one-year Master in Sociology at Tilburg University. During semesters two and three, students will follow a junior traineeship at a selected organization for 50% of their time, during which they will participate in existing (research) projects; for the other 50% of the time students will carry out research for - and write - the Master’s Thesis. The EMS combines academic education and scientific research during the Master's thesis trajectory with in-depth work experience in an organization. The goal of the EMS is to provide students with relevant work experience and to enhance their research skills and knowledge.

Start: End of August (first intake moment). End of January (second intake moment).

Duration: One and a half-year master's program, consists of 90 ECTS

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Double Degree program in Sociology and Population Studies (UPF)

The English-taught international Master in Sociology and Population Studies is a Double Degree Program offered jointly by Universitat Pompeu Fabra and Tilburg University. This 18-month Double Degree Program is taught both in Barcelona (first year) and in Tilburg (second year).

Start: End of August

Duration: One and a half-year master's program, consists of 90 ECTS

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Double Degree program Tilburg University & University of Trento

Have you decided to continue your education after your Bachelor's degree with a Master's degree in Sociology? Are you looking for a unique experience abroad to prepare yourself for a career in an international organization? Do you want to challenge yourself academically and distinguish yourself from your fellow students? Then we have the challenge for you! We have a unique, English-taught two year double degree program with the University of Trento in Italy.

Start: End of August

Duration: Two-year program, consists of 120 ECTS

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Premaster's program in Sociology (30 ECTS)

This Premaster's program is a half-year program of study aimed at improving your knowledge and skill level within the field of Sociology. Courses followed include specific areas within the field, as well as courses in statistics and research methodology. On successful completion of this program, you will automatically be accepted onto the Master program Sociology for the following academic year.

Start: End of August (first intake moment). End of January (second intake moment).

Duration: Half-year master's program, consists of 30 ECTS

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Six reasons to choose the Master Sociology

  1.  You will be taught in small, interactive workgroups.
  2. The program has a focus on social policy, politics, and society in a comparative perspective.
  3. You receive excellent individual thesis supervision.
  4. You have the opportunity to earn a double degree from Tilburg University and the University of Trento (Italy) or Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain)
  5. In the Extended Master you'll enhance your research skills and knowledge and you'll gain relevant work experience
  6. The premaster's program (30 ECTS) improves your knowledge and skill level within the field of Sociology
Facts Master Sociology
Name Sociology
Croho* 66599
Degree Awarded Master of Science (MSc)
Duration programs One year Master's Program (60 ECTS)
1,5 year Extended Master (90 ECTS)
1,5 year Double Degree in Sociology and Population Studies (90 ECTS)
Two year Double Degree Program Tilburg & Trento (120 ECTS)
Half year Premaster's program (30 ECTS)
Education On-campus only (no distance learning), lectures, seminars and group work
Language English
Exams Written exams, papers, presentations
Best preparatory bachelors Sociology, Psychology, Social Geography, Anthropology, Culture Studies, Human Resource Studies, Organization Studies. See Admission.
Core Courses Social Policy and Social Risks, Social Capital and Trust, The Social Structure of Western Societies, Populism in a Comparative Perspective
Career Prospects With a Master’s degree in Sociology, you can pursue a career in local or national government institutions, private companies, and research agencies, or continue your studies in a PhD program. You can work in the field of labor and employment, culture, welfare, recreation, education, or health care. More information.
Costs Tuition fees and general scholarships
Start End of August (first intake moment). End of January (second intake moment). The Double Degree in Sociology and Population Studies starts end of September.
Information Day In April and November. See the website Master's Information Evening
* Registration Code for Dutch students to register with DUO