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Sociology and Population Studies (Double degree)

1.5 years English Starts end of August

Study modern societies in Tilburg and Barcelona. Learn how to identify the main forces and challenges faced by key social institutions in modern society, such as families, schools, communities, and jobs. Universitat Pompeu Fabra and Tilburg University, two of the highest-ranked Social Science Departments in Europe, have combined their strengths to offer excellent double-degree research training.

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Program and courses

Get two full Master’s degrees by combining two related subject areas with different approaches. Graduate both as Master of Research in Sociology and Demography at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) and Master of Science in Sociology at Tilburg University. An ultimate international experience by studying in Barcelona half of the time.

Extend your master with a traineeship

Expand your knowledge and practical skills even further with a traineeship. The Extended Master provides you with a half year traineeship position and adds one semester to the total program. Enhance your skills and gain relevant work experience.

Typical courses are

  • Demographic Changes and Social Dynamics
  • Family, Gender and Society
  • Social Policy and Social Risks
  • Politics and Society in Comparative Perspective

More on the program

  • Milou van den Bemd - Double Degree in Sociology and Population Studies

    Milou van den Bemd

    Extended Master's student

    "Studying abroad really enriches me and now I had the chance to attain two Master degrees in one-and-a-half year. I felt I could do more and started the extended master with an internship at Research Institute Telos."

Career prospects

Sociology and Population Studies is a broad, internationally oriented program that can lead to employment in a wide range of fields and jobs in Europe and beyond. Work in fields such as labor and employment, culture, welfare, recreation, education, or health care. Wide range of employers, ranging from government institutions to private companies and research agencies.

  • Interested in business, marketing, or journalism? The Guardian states that Sociology gives you a head-start, listing a range of specific abilities and skills associated with a degree in sociology, including the “ability to judge and evaluate evidence; understanding the complexity and diversity of situations(…); collecting information; making reasoned and logical arguments.”

Some examples of our graduates' jobs:

  • European Commission
  • Medtronic
  • Netherlands Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment

More on your career prospects

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Admission and application

This program starts:

In September in Barcelona, Spain. Please note: the pre-Master’s program starts  at the end of August and at the end of January, in Tilburg.

Best preparatory programs:

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


Half-year (30 ECTS) pre-Master’s program available if your previous program is relevant but does not meet the required entry level, for example a Bachelor's degree from a University of Applied Sciences.

Tuition fees and scholarships

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

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