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Politics, Policy and Societal Development

1 year English Starts end of August

Address global societal challenges such as poverty, migration, climate change, or humanitarian interventions from a societal, policy and political perspective. In this track of the MSc Sociology you will get a macro-level perspective on sustainable development and you will understand the triggers of it, based on the theories and methods pertinent to the specialization Global Management of Social Issues.

has a job within 6 months after graduation

National Alumni Survey - Master Sociology, 2019 | n=12

of the graduates is (very) satisfied with their program

National Alumni Survey - Master Sociology, 2019 | n=13

Top 75
in Sociology worldwide

Program and courses

Become an expert in sustainable development within an international context by addressing global societal challenges, such as poverty, migration, climate change, or humanitarian interventions after a natural disaster. The core theme is sustainable development with a focus on social and economic motives.

  • A different perspective on sustainable development: the Politics, Policy and Societal Development track address global societal issues from a societal, policy and political perspective.
  • Learn how to run projects and compose teams of experts that work on such 'wicked problems'.
  • Community-building activities throughout the program will ensure cohesion in the programs cohort. Become part of an innovative program which brings together academics and students from all over the world in a small-scale and interactive learning environment.

Typical courses are:

  • Social Changes and Sustainable Development
  • Hybrid Organizations
  • Politics and Society in Comparative Perspective
  • Social Policy and Social Risks

More on the program and courses

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Career prospects

Become prepared to lead and participate in change- and innovation-oriented projects aiming to tackle societal challenges. In this program you’ll learn to combine multi-disciplinary disciplines to address complex societal challenges from a cross-cultural and international comparative perspective. 

With this knowledge, you can think beyond country borders and the limits of one area of expertise. These skills are in great demand within companies, organizations and projects operating in international environments.

Some examples of our graduates' jobs:

  • Consultant in an international organization, connecting people in order to create the most competent team to solve complex problems.
  • Fundraiser finding solutions for poverty, or helping with introducing sustainable practices in supply chains.
  • Project manager making projects run smoothly to produce the best possible results.

Alumni facts

  • 92% of our alumni does find a job within 6 months after graduation
  • Employer requires a Master of Science degree: 42%
  • Would choose the same program again, at the same university: 92% 
  • Would (definitely) recommend the study to friends, family or colleagues: 84%

Source: National Alumni Survey, 2019 | n=13

More on your career prospects

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Application and admission

This program starts:

End of August

Best preparatory programs:

A bachelor’s degree in Global Management of Social Issues, Sociology, Human Resource Studies, Organization Studies, or Social Sciences.

Pre-Master’s program:

Open to both Research University students and students from a Dutch University of Applied Sciences (hbo).

Tuition fees and scholarships

International students find all information about tuition fees and scholarships here.

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