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1 year English Starts end of August and end of January

Become an expert in translating important societal questions from both micro (family, social networks, crime) and macro perspectives (welfare state, solidarity) into sociological research to evaluate policies and to serve as input for new policies. The Sociology Master focuses on the analysis of such social cohesion related issues, such as populism in politics, social contacts, and solidarity.

of the current students is (very) satisfied with their program

National Student Survey, 2017 | n=7

finds a job within 2 months after graduation

National Alumni Survey, 2016 | n=8

would choose the same program again, at the same university

National Alumni Survey, 2016 | n=6

Program and courses

Central theme: politics, policy and society in a comparative perspective.

  • Translate social problems into sociological research questions from both micro (family, social networks, crime) and macro perspectives (welfare state, solidarity).  Analyze these questions with the aid of theories and advanced research methods, and evaluate and develop policy based on the results.
  • Taught in small, interactive workgroups with excellent individual thesis supervision.
  • The Extended Master adds one semester to the total program to provide you with a one-year traineeship position. Enhance your skills and gain relevant work experience.
  • With the Double degree programs you have the opportunity to earn a degree from both Tilburg University and one of our partner universities:
    Double degree in Sociology and Social Research - Tilburg University  and University of Trento (Trento, Italy)
    Double degree in Sociology and Population Studies – Tilburg University and  Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain)

Typical courses are:

  • Social Capital: Networks Resources and Attitudes
  • The Social Structure of Western Societies
  • Social Policy and Social Risks

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Career prospects

Sociology is a broad program that can lead to employment in a wide range of fields and jobs both within the Netherlands and beyond, ranging from government institutions to private companies and research agencies. Work in fields such as labor and employment, culture, welfare, recreation, education, or health care. Interested in business, marketing or journalism? The Guardian states that Sociology gives you a head-start, listing a range of specific abilities and skills.

Graduates started or work for example as:

  • Policy Officer at Ministerie van Veiligheid en Justitie
  • Health care research | Primary care | Data-analist | at NIVEL
  • Policy advisor at the Catharina Hospital

Alumni facts

  • Average number of months until first paid job: 3
  • Finds a job within 4 months after graduation: 100%
  • Gross monthly income one year after graduation: €2,168

Source: National Alumni Survey, 2016 | n=8

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    Application and admission

    This program starts:

    End of August and 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

    Available for both Research University students and students from a Dutch University of Applied Sciences (HBO). The Pre-Master's program starts end of August and end of January.

    Tuition fees academic year 2018-2019

    € 2,060*€ 14,500

    * The EU rate only applies if you enroll for the program without a Master's degree from a Dutch university. More information about the tuition fees and scholarships available for international students.

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