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Sociology: Politics, Policy and Society in Comparative Perspective

1 year English Starts end of August and end of January

Translate important societal questions from both micro and macro perspectives into sociological research to evaluate policies and to serve as input for new policies. Focus on the analysis of issues related to social cohesion, such as populism, social contacts and solidarity.

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 corona situation, see our FAQs for prospective students.

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Times Higher Education Ranking, 2021

is (very) satisfied with the program

National Alumni Survey, 2020 | n=6

Program and courses

Translate important 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.

Available tracks:

Apart from the track Politics, Policy and Society in a Comparative Perspective, the Master's program Sociology offers two other specialized tracks:

  • The Politics, Policy and Societal Development track gives you a different perspective on sustainable development based on the theories and methods pertinent to the Global Management of Social Issues discipline. This specialization addresses societal issues and sustainable development from a sociological perspective.
  • The Health, Wellbeing and Society track combines scientific insights from sociology and health sciences. With a strong collaboration with healthcare organizations, you will learn to become a specialist in the field of healthcare policy, societal resilience, and health and wellbeing.

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

  • Dirk Raijmakers  - master Sociology

    Dirk Raijmakers

    Master's student

    "After getting my degree, I would like to work as a researcher or a data analyst. Doing research at a university or government institution, or big data analysis at a private company."

  • Remco van Wijk - master Sociology

    Remco van Wijk

    Extended Master's Program student

    "I experience the subjects during the master as very deepening. You really develop skills that you will use in the labor market. Since the courses are very interesting I don't have any trouble spending my time on the study."

  • Maurice Vonk - master Sociology

    Maurice Vonk

    Extended Master's Program student

    "I used my gained knowledge in practice during my internship at the Inspectorate of Social Affairs and Employment, where I investigated how people who receive benefits, perceive the services from municipalities in their search for employment."

Career prospects

Sociology: Politics, Policy and Society in Comparative Perspective 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: 4
  • 83% of our alumni find a job within 6 months after graduation
  • 67% would choose the same program again, at the same university.
  • 67% would (definitely) recommend the study to friends, family or colleagues

Source: National Alumni Survey, 2020 | n=6

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

Open to both Research University students and students from a Dutch University of Applied Sciences (hbo). The pre-Master's program 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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