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Sociology track (Research Master in Social and Behavioral Sciences)

2 years English Starts end of August

Become a research specialist on social inequality and social cohesion in a comparative and dynamic perspective. Learn advanced research methods to unravel the mechanisms underlying peoples’ adaptive reactions to changes that are either episodic (e.g., unemployment, sickness) or structural and long-lasting (e.g., globalization, aging). This program is a track of the Research Master in Social and Behavioral Sciences.

On Campus if we can | Online because we can

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

in-house research traineeships

to apply your knowledge

international research traineeship

to improve your research skills

worldwide in Social Sciences & Management

QS World University Rankings, 2021

Program and courses

Become a research specialist in the field of sociology while studying individual behaviors in different social contexts from three social sciences perspectives: social psychology, sociology, and organization studies.

  • This Research Master is unique in the Netherlands
  • Personalize your educational experience by choosing one of the four tracks, selecting your own supervisors, research topics and internal and international traineeships based on your personal interests and learning goals
  • thorough methodological and statistical education from renowned national and international academics, preparing you for job opportunities in science, such as PhD posisitions or applied research. 
  • Small scale and interactive education with individual guidance. There are more full-time professors than students. And no more than 30 students in a class, from different academic and cultural backgrounds.
  • Write two scientific papers as part of the curriculum.
  • Become part of an ambitious and international group of students and experience the real 'cohort' feeling.
  • Apply your knowledge and research skills by participating in four in-house research traineeships and 1 international research traineeship.

Typical courses are:

  • Networks and Cohesion
  • Relations between Ethnic Groups
  • Intergenerational Relations and Reproduction
  • Structural Equation Modelling and the Analysis of Longitudinal Data

More on the program and courses

  • Luca

    Luca Carbone

    PhD student KU Leuven

    "Those who want to pursue an academic career, will receive solid statistical training and many opportunities to study and do empirical research. Those who want to pursue a career outside academia, will receive many opportunities to explore their preferences (with five internships and courses from different fields) and acquire important skills for the job market, such as programming in R.

  • Quita

    Quita Muis

    PhD student Tilburg University

    "The close contact between students and teachers really elevates your learning experience. The statistical and theoretical courses helped me develop skills that are essential for my current PhD position, but are also immensely valuable when you want to conduct (social science) research outside of academia."

  • Nathalie Aerts

    Nathalie Aerts

    Research Master’s student

    "The Research Master's program in Social and Behavioral Sciences gives me the unique opportunity to investigate societal issues with a multidisciplinary perspective, combined with high quality research competencies."

Career prospects

You will become an all-round researcher who thinks outside the box and who is specialized in one of the four academic perspectives. This track gives you a competitive advantage in any career that requires sharp analytical and problem-solving skills, project management, or hands-on experience with the full empirical research cycle. Our graduates have developed strong careers in- and outside academia.

Recent alumni placements include:

  • PhD student (Stanford University, Tilburg University)
  • Behavioral Change Expert (Dijksterhuis & Van Baaren)
  • Data Analyst and Research Expert (ING Bank)

Alumni facts

  • Average number of months until first paid job: 1
  • 100% find a job within 3 months after graduation
  • 100% would recommend this Master’s program to friends, family, or colleagues

Source: National Alumni Survey, 2020 | n=4

More on your career prospects

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Application and admission

This Master's program starts:

End of August

Best preparatory programs:

Academic Bachelor's or Master's program in Psychology, Sociology, Organization Studies, or Human Resource Studies.

Pre-Master's program:

The Research Master in Social and Behavioral Sciences does not offer a pre-Master’s program. However, in case you successfully complete one of the pre-Master’s programs of the Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences (e.g., the pre-Master's program in SociologyOrganization Studies, or Human Resource Studies) you become eligible for admission to the Research Master in Social and Behavioral Sciences. Please note that the other admission requirements and application procedure still apply.

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 Research Master in Social and Behavioral Sciences?

Do you have:

  • the ambitions for an intellectual challenge

  • strong critical and analytical abilities

  • an interest in and experience with doing research

Then check your eligibility and the deadlines for application.