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Extended Master's Program Sociology: Politics, Policy and Society in a Comparative Perspective

Sociology Master's students can apply for the Extended Master's Program, which adds a junior traineeship of 30 ECTS (half a year) to the regular Master's program. Through a junior traineeship at a partner organization, the Extended Master's Program provides relevant working experience and learning opportunities to enhance your professional and academic skills.

Program structure and content

You have the opportunity to extend your Master's program with half a year, in which you do a junior traineeship (30 ECTS), in Dutch or English. The traineeship can exclusively be done in the Netherlands. During the traineeship you will dedicate half your time to existing (research) projects, and half your time to doing your own research and writing your Master's thesis (preferably connected to your traineeship). After completing the traineeship, you will receive a professional certificate, in addition to your MSc. 

Application and admission

You can only apply for the Extended Master's Program once you’ve started the Master's program in Sociology. If you are interested, you must contact your program coordinator for information (Christof van Mol:

  • At the start of the Master’s program in Sociology, you can attend the information meeting organized for students who are interested in the Extended Master's Program Sociology. In this meeting you’ll be informed on the application procedure, application deadline, possible partner organizations, and the structure of the program and traineeship.
  • For more information about the Extended Master's Program Sociology, please contact Christof van Mol via e-mail at

Partner organizations

  • Gemeente Tilburg
  • AO Consult
    Arbeid Opleidingen Consult
  • Movisie 
    Landelijk Kennisinstituut en Adviesbureau voor maatschappelijke ontwikkeling
  • Mulier 
    Instituut ter bevordering van de sociaal-wetenschappelijke kennisontwikkeling en beleidseffectiviteit op het terrein van sport
  • Nivel 
    Nederlands instituut voor onderzoek van de gezondheidszorg 
  • PON
    Sociaal-cultureel planbureau voor Brabant
  • ROA
    The Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market, Maastricht 
  • SCP
    Sociaal en Cultureel Planbureau 
  • Oberon
    Onderzoeks- en adviesbureau voor de onderwijs- en welzijnssector, Utrecht 
  • Inspectie SZW
    Sociale Inlichtingen- en Opsporingsdienst, Ministerie van SZW
  • CBS
    Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek 
  • Gemeente Helmond
    Afdeling Onderzoek en Statistiek
  • Gemeente Breda
    Afdeling Onderzoek en Informatie
  • Verweij Jonker Instituut
  • Tilburg University 
    European Values Study

Interested in the MSc Sociology?

Check your eligibility and the deadlines for application