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Extended Master Sociology

The Extended Master Sociology combines academic education and scientific research during the Master's thesis trajectory with in-depth work experience in an organization in a way that is not possible in the one-year Master's program. 
The goal of the Extended Master Sociology is to provide students with relevant work experience and to enhance their research skills and knowledge.

Academic education, scientific research and in-depth work experience

The Extended Master in Sociology (EMS) is a Master's program lasting 18 months (90 ECTS), divided into three semesters.

  • 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 of 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.

From the students' point of view, the EMS aims to:

  1. Acquaint students with the work they might do as sociologist.
  2. Provide students with the experience of working in an organization and as such enhance
    the image students have of occupational life of sociologists.
  3. Promote the social skills needed in a professional environment.
  4. Provide an orientation to the labor market
  5. Support the transition from the academic schooling into a professional career.
  6. Enhance students’ research skills in hands-on experience such as data gathering, (co-)
    writing, initiating and organizing a research.
  7. Provide the opportunity to apply and test sociological theories to practical problems.
  8. Provide an empirical basis for writing their Master Thesis.
  9. Broaden the themes and problems studied by sociology students.
  10. Enhance skills in policy analysis and policy advice.
  11. Give students the possibility to reflect (and write) on their traineeship’s learning goals and experiences.

More information

For more information about the Extended Master Sociology, please look at the document Extended Master Sociology, in which the organizational setup and application procedure is explained.

The Extended Master in Sociology (EMS) is a Master's program lasting 18 months (90 ECTS), divided into three semesters.

  • 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 of 12 months at a selected organization. Students spend on average 2,5 days per week on their Master's Thesis research. The other 2,5 days, they participate in regular work activities and existing (research) projects for one of the partner organizations.

The structure of the Extended Master is as follows:

Semester 1 (August-December)
Course ECTS
Social Policy & Social Risks 6
Populism in Comparative Perspective 6
Social Capital: Networks Resources and Attitudes 6
The Social Structure of Western Societies 6
Master Seminar Sociology: From Theory to Research 6
Total ECTS 30
Semester 2 (January-June)
Master's Thesis Sociology 15
Junior Traineeship 15
Total ECTS 30
Semester 3 (August-December)
Master's Thesis Sociology 15
Junior Traineeship 15
Total ECTS 30


Provisionary list of partner organizations

The following partner organizations have stated to be willing to offer a junior traineeship under the specified conditions.

Partner Organizations
AO Consult Arbeid Opleidingen Consult
Gemeente Tilburg Onderzoeksafdeling
Movisie Landelijk Kennisinstituut en adviesbu-reau voor maatschappelijke ontwikkeling
Mulier Instituut ter bevordering van de sociaal-wetenschappelijke kennisontwikkeling en beleidseffectiviteit op het terrein van sport.
Nivel Nederlands instituut voor onderzoek van de gezondheidszorg
NORFACE YES! project
PON Sociaal-cultureel planbureau voor Brabant
ROA The Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market, Maastricht
SCP Sociaal en Cultureel Planbureau
Oberon Onderzoeks- en adviesbureau voor de onderwijs- en welzijnssector, Utrecht
OI Onderwijs Inspectie (OW)
Inspectie SZW Sociale Inlichtingen- en Opsporings-dienst, Ministerie van SZW
CBS Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek
Gemeente Helmond Afdeling Onderzoek en Statistiek
Gemeente Breda Afdeling Onderzoek en Informatie
VJI Verweij-Jonker Instituut

The procedure for admission to the Extended Master Sociology is as follows:

Step 1: Apply for admission

All students who are enrolled in the Master Sociology and want to join the Extended Master program for 2016/2017 must apply by September 29, 2016. The application package should contain the following documents:

  • A 2 to 3 page motivation letter, in which you specify your interest in the Extended Master and clarify why you should be admitted to the Extended Master Sociology. In the letter, you should also indicate and motivate which three organizations you prefer to do the junior traineeship.
  • A short curriculum vitae (CV), specifying the educational background, as well as your other interests and activities which might be relevant for admission to the Extended Master program.

  • List of courses and grades from the Bachelor’s or pre-Master’s program.

These documents must be uploaded in Blackboard and submitted as e-mail to loek.halman@tilburguniversity.edu.


Step 2: Admission discussed by Committee Department of Sociology

Decisions about admission to the Extended Master will be made by a committee within the Department of Sociology, made up of the Program Director of the Master program and the Extended Master coordinator. The decision will be based on the quality of the candidate as well as his/her motivation and interests. This decision will be corresponded to the student around 15 October 2016.


Step 3: Apply for a job interview Partner Organizations

Students who are admitted to the Extended Master apply at one of the preferred organization and may be invited for a job interview. The department decides to which partner organization the student may apply. The partner organizations will be informed by the department about the students they can expect for a job interview. Arranging the interview is the responsibility of the student him/herself. Students are not allowed to arrange a job interview with a partner organization that was not appointed to them by the department unless otherwise communicated. Job interviews will be held in October/November 2016.

Partner organizations have to formally approve of the candidates. On the basis of the motivation letter, the CV and the job interview, they decide about the acceptance of the candidate who was suggested to them by the department. Students will be informed about the decision of the partner organizations at the end of October 2016.

If a partner organization does not accept a student, the student can apply for another partner organization. The department decides to which other partner organization the student can turn for a new job interview. Arranging the interview is the responsibility of the student him/herself. It is intended to hold this ‘second chance’ job interview by mid November 2016. Our aim is to fulfill all vacant traineeship positions, so if a partner organization does not accept the first applicant, we will send a new (appropriate) applicant (if available).

Students who are not selected by any partner organization, cannot enter the EMS program.

Important: not every student who qualifies for and is interested in EMS, will be automatically admitted to the EMS program.

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