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Sociology: Bamberg - Tilburg (Double degree)

2 years English Starts end of August

During this two-year program, you combine the Sociology Master’s programs from Tilburg University and the University of Bamberg (Germany). The program features a research-oriented curriculum from sociological theory to empirical social research. You’ll attend classes in sociological theory, empirical research methods, social structure analysis, and social policy.

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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.

Program and courses

During this two year Master program, you spend the first year in Bamberg, Germany and the second year at Tilburg University. The program at Bamberg University focuses on empirical social research and education, labour market, and inequality. The general Sociology track (Politics, Policy and Society in a Comparative Perspective) at Tilburg University, focuses on translating societal problems into sociological research from both micro- (family, social networks, crime) and macro-perspectives (welfare state, solidarity) to evaluate and create policy. 

  • You get the ultimate international experience by studying in Germany and the Netherlands.
  • You get two full Master’s degrees in Sociology from two outstanding academic institutions.
  • Expand your knowledge and practical skills by doing an Extended Master. During this extra semester you do a traineeship worth 30 ECTS (half a year) and gain relevant work experience.
  • You only write one Master's thesis.
  • The program is very flexible, which means you can tailor your program to your interests and create a unique and individual profile.
  • You will get an interactive education with excellent individual thesis supervision.

Typical courses are:

  • Empirical Research Methods
  • Sociological Theory
  • Social Policy and Social Risks
  • The Social Structures of Western Societies 

More on the program and courses

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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:

End of August.

Best preparatory programs:

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

Premaster’s program:

Half-year pre-Master’s program (30 ECTS) 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. Please note: the Premaster’s program starts in Tilburg and has two intake moments (end of August and end of January).

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 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.

Interested in the Double degree in Sociology: Bamberg - Tilburg?

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