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Sociology: Politics, Policy and Society in Comparative Perspective

1 year English Starts end of August and end of January

During the Master's track Politics, Policy and Society in Comparative Perspective, you translate important societal questions from both micro and macro perspectives into sociological problems related to politics, social cohesion and inequality. Study issues such as populism, social movements, and the welfare state, evaluate social policies and use research as input for new policies. Sociology: Politics, Policy and Society in Comparative Perspective is a track of the MSc Sociology.

Education as of September 2022

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.

#71
In the field of Social Sciences and Management
Top 150
In Social Sciences worldwide

Times Higher Education Ranking, 2022

72%
is (very) satisfied with the program

National Alumni Survey, 2021 | n=11

Program and courses

This Master's program is socially, research and policy oriented. You address social questions related to issues such as populism, class difference, and globalization. You do this academically by doing research, but also practically, by translating these issues into policy, and investigating the effect of policy on behavior. 

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Typical courses:

  • Social Movements: Social Media, Democracy and Change
  • Social Policy and Social Risks
  • The Social Structure of Western Societies
  • Politics and Society in Comparative Perspective

More on the program and courses

  • Joep Cleven

    Joep Cleven

    Master's student

    "During this Master’s, I learned how to approach and understand social and political issues from different perspectives. My internship helped me put this knowledge into practice."

  • Romy Oomens

    Romy Oomens

    Master's student

    "The program covers topics such as populism, migration and social inequality. Because of the personal attention, you can shape the Master's with subjects that you find interesting."

  • Luuk van Weert

    Luuk van Weert

    Master's student

    "I chose this Master’s because I have always been curious about how society works. The versatility and depth of the program offer me good tools to study society from different angles."

Career prospects

As a graduate of the Master's track Sociology: Politics, Policy and Society in Comparative Perspective, you are able to make a significant contribution to the analysis of and solutions to today's social problems. You are specialized in sociological research into social problems, and the impact of policy in areas such as labor, employment, culture, welfare, recreation, education or healthcare. You could work as a researcher, policy officer, advisor, or in management. 

Graduates work, for example, as:

  • Policy Officer
  • (Junior) researcher
  • lecturer
  • Advisor
  • Scientist
  • Journalist

Alumni facts

  • Average number of months until first paid job: 7.1
  • 70% of our alumni find a job within 6 months after graduation
  • 82% would choose the same program again, at the same university.

Source: National Alumni Survey, 2021 | n=11

More on your career prospects

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Application and admission

This program starts:

At the end of August and at the end of January

Best preparatory programs:

Sociology, Psychology, Social Geography, Anthropology, Culture Studies, Human Resource Studies, Organization Studies, and Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Pre-Master’s program

If your previous education does not entirely meet the entry requirements, you can do a pre-Master's program at Tilburg University. For this program, the pre-Master's program in Sociology: Politics, Policy and Society in Comparative Perspective is available to both Research University and Dutch University of Applied Sciences (hbo) students. The pre-Master's program takes half a year (30 ECTS) and starts at the end of August and at the end of January. 

Tuition fees and scholarships

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

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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.

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