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Sociology and Social Research (Double degree)

2 years English Starts end of August

Become an expert in political research, social policy and solving social cohesion related-issues by following the Sociology Master’s programs from both Tilburg University and the University of Trento (Italy). Focus on political research, social policy and qualitative research at the University of Trento and learn to translate societal problems into sociological research in order to evaluate current policy and derive new ones at Tilburg University.

#72
In social Sciences & Management worldwide

QS World University Rankings, 2021

84%
of graduates is (very) satisfied with the program

National Alumni Survey, 2020 | N=6

Top 250
Universities worldwide

Times Higher Education ranking, 2021

On-campus education and online education | pleased to meet you

This academic year, education will take place partly online and partly on campus. Of course, we will always maintain a safe environment for our students and staff. For the latest updates on the corona situation see our FAQ for prospective students.

Program and courses

Get two full Master's degrees by studying at two high quality universities in Europe. Become an expert in political research, social policy and solving social cohesion related issues, by following the Sociology Master's programs from both Tilburg University and the University of Trento (Italy). Focus on political research, social policy and qualitative research at the University of Trento, and learn to translate societal problems into sociological research in order to evaluate current policy and create new policies at Tilburg University

  • At Tilburg University, you can choose one of three tracks:
    • The general Sociology (Politics, Policy and Society in a Comparative Perspective) track focuses on translating societal problems into sociological research from both micro (family, social networks, crime) and macro perspectives (welfare state, solidarity) in order to evaluate current policy and derive new ones. 
    • The Health, Wellbeing and Society track combines scientific insights from sociology and health sciences. Through a strong collaboration with healthcare organizations, you will become a specialist in the field of healthcare policy, societal resilience, and health and wellbeing.
    • The Politics, Policy and Societal Development track gives you a different perspective on sustainable development, based on theories and methods pertinent to the Global Management of Social Issues discipline. This specialization addresses societal issues and sustainable development from a sociological perspective
  • You can choose to extend your Master's program by doing a traineeship which adds half a year (30 ECTS) to the program.
  • You only write one Master's thesis.
  • You can tailor this program to your own interests and create an individual, unique profile.
  • You get an interactive education and individual thesis supervision.

Typical courses are:

  • Culture and Lifestyles
  • Research Methods in History
  • Social Policy and Social Risks
  • Politics and Society in Comparative Perspective

More on the program and courses

  • Lucilla Losi - Double Degee in Sociology and Social Research

    Lucilla Losi

    Junior Researcher Tilburg University

    "I learned a lot, not only as a student, but also as a person in general. I have had opportunities here that I could not imagine when I arrived: I am doing a traineeship at the Sociology Department and I participate in projects like SERISS – Synergies for Europe’s Research Infrastractures in the Social Sciences and EVS - European Values Study."

  • Angelica Maineri - Double Degee in Sociology and Social Research

    Angelica Maineri

    Junior Researcher Tilburg University

    "The teaching style at Tilburg University is challenging and interesting, the campus is full of facilities and the courses provide a really high-quality learning environment. If you are not from the Netherlands, Tilburg University can also provide you with a unique experience abroad, useful to developing your knowledge and skills."

Career prospects

The MSc Sociology Double Degree program is a broad, international 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 “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' first jobs:

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

More on your career prospects

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Application and admission

This program starts:

At the end of August (both the Master’s and the pre-Master’s program). Please note: the pre-Master’s program starts in Tilburg.

Best preparatory programs:

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

Pre-Master’s program:

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.

Interested in this Master's program?

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More information

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Meet us

Throughout the year you have the opportunity to meet us and learn more about Tilburg University and the programs that we offer. You can take part in various types of events: on-campus, abroad or online.

Interested in the Double degree in Sociology and Social Research?

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