Anya Tonne, student Research Master in Social and Behavioral Sciences

"Small class-sizes allowed us to discuss concepts in-depth and in a friendly atmosphere."

- Anya Tonne from Scotland, Analytics Consultant at Cmotions. Alumna of the Research Master in Social and Behavioral Sciences, minor Methodology and Statistics

Research Master in Social and Behavioral Sciences

2 years English Starts end of August

During the Research Master in Social and Behavioral sciences, you become a research expert on individual behavior in different social contexts, like peers, organizations, and societies. You will study the central theme 'individual in social context' through four different disciplinary lenses, with one chosen as your track specialization: Social Psychology, Organization Studies, Sociology, and Methods and Statistics. This program is an excellent preparation for a PhD program.

Education and COVID-19

All education takes place on campus again, now that the coronavirus measures have been scaled back. Of course, we will always maintain a safe environment for our students and staff. Therefore, a few basic measures still apply. For the latest updates on the COVID-19 situation, see our FAQs for prospective students.

worldwide in the field of Social Sciences and Management

Sociology, Organization Studies, Social Psychology and Methods & Statistics


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Program and courses

Acquire extensive knowledge and research skills in the social and behavioral sciences, with many perspectives on the central theme: individual in social contexts.

  • This Research Master is unique in the Netherlands.
  • A thorough methodological and statistical education from renowned national and international academics, preparing you for job opportunities in science, such as PhD positions or applied research. But also for analytical and research-intensive jobs outside academia, like consulting, or marketing.
  • Benefit from small scale and interactive education with individual guidance. You will be part of an ambitious and international group of students with no more than 30 students in a class, from different academic and cultural backgrounds. Personalize your educational experience by choosing one of the four tracks, selecting your own supervisors, research topics and internal and international traineeships based on your personal interests and learning goals
  • Apply your knowledge and research skills by participating in four in-house research traineeships and 1 international research traineeship and write two scientific papers as part of the curriculum.

Specialize in your research area of interest with a track in:

Typical courses are:

  • Multivariate Analysis
  • Structural Equation Modelling and the Analysis of Longitudinal Data
  • Foundations of Social Psychology / Sociology /  Organization Studies / Methodology and Statistics 
  • Research Integrity and Ethics

More on the program and courses

  • Master student REMA Social and Behavioral Sciences Jenna Barrett

    Jenna Barret

    Master's student

    "Overall, I think the program is challenging, but this also enables you to learn and develop many new skills, that will be beneficial for your future (career in) research."

  • Magdalena Kotek

    Magdalena Kotek

    PhD Student

    "The program provides a profound statistical basis upon which we can build and individualize our curriculum with the track courses, traineeships, First Year Paper and Master Thesis."

  • Tea Kiphidze

    Tea Kipshidze

    Research Master’s student

    "My dream is to mount a Research Master’s program in my country, Georgia, as soon as I have finished my thesis (on methodology) and successfully complete my studies."

Career prospects

The Research Master in Social and Behavioral Sciences is an excellent preparation for a career both inside and outside academia. Graduates have secured high-level (research) positions at universities, governments, research institutes, and consulting organizations.  You become an all-round researcher who can think outside the box. 

PhD opportunities

As a graduate of the Research Master's program in Social and Behavioral Sciences, you have the knowledge and skills to successfully complete a PhD program at Tilburg University or another university. 

Examples of our graduates' jobs:

  • PhD student (Universität Tübingen, KU Leuven, Stanford University, Tilburg University)
  • Data scientist at CentERdata
  • HR data analyst

Alumni facts 

  • Average number of months until first paid job: 3.5
  • 75% of the graduates is satisfied with the Master’s program in general 
  • Graduates are most satisfied with the acquired academic skills within the Master's program  
  • 75% would choose this Master’s degree program again 

Source: National Alumni Survey, 2021 | n=4

More on your career prospects

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Application and admission

This Master's program starts:

End of August

Best preparatory programs:

Academic Bachelor or Master in Psychology, Sociology, Organization Studies or Human Resource Studies.

Pre-Master's program:

The Research Master in Social and Behavioral Sciences does not offer its own pre-Master’s program. However, you can be eligible for admission to the Research Master in Social and Behavioral Sciences when you successfully complete one of the following pre-Master’s programs of the Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences: pre-Master in SociologyOrganization and Management Studies or Human Resource Studies.
Please note that the other admission requirements and application procedure still apply.

Tuition fees and scholarships

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

Interested in this Master's program?

Check your eligibility

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More information on this Master's program

Download the brochure with information on program content, admission requirements, career prospects, housing and immigration matters, and student life in Tilburg. Throughout the year you can take part in various types of events: on-campus, abroad or online.

Interested in the Research Master in Social and Behavioral Sciences?

Do you have:

  • the ambitions for an intellectual challenge

  • strong critical and analytical abilities

  • an interest in and experience with doing research

Then check your eligibility and the deadlines for application.