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Pre-Master’s program Sociology

The pre-Master’s programs in Sociology are designed for (1) Dutch students with a relevant Dutch hbo degree, and (2) Dutch and international students with a university degree that does not entirely meet the admission requirements of the Master's program.

Pre-Master's programs

For Dutch hbo graduates

The pre-Master's program for Dutch hbo graduates builds on the practice-oriented knowledge you acquired during your Bachelor's by enhancing your theoretical knowledge as well as your capacity for conceptual thinking.

This half-year pre-Master’s program (30 ECTS) has two intake moments.

  • The first runs from the end of August until January.
  • The second runs from the end of January until June. 

After finishing the pre-Master's program with good results, you can start with:

Program content

The courses are:

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Research Project pre-master Sociology
  • Causal analysis techniques for pre-master students
  • Methods, Measurement and Statistics for pre-master students

Elective courses:

  • Global Migration
  • National and Regional Identities
  • Sociology of Work
  • Family in Context: How Families Define Us

You will find a detailed description of the courses and required literature in our course catalog.

Go to the course descriptions of the September intake

Go to the course descriptions of the February intake

Application and admission

To be eligible for this pre-Master's program, you must have completed a Dutch hbo-Bachelor's program that gives direct access to the pre-Master's program. 

More on the application and admission procedure

For Dutch wo and international students

Tilburg University offers a pre-Master’s program designed for students with a university Bachelor’s degree – national or international – that does not entirely meet the entry requirements of the Master’s program in Sociology.

After you have submitted your complete application, the Admissions Committee will, based on this, decide whether:

  • You can be admitted to the Master’s program directly.
  • You need to take a pre-Master’s program.
  • You cannot be admitted to the (pre-)Master’s program.

More on the application and admission procedure


Please note: programs are subject to change. We advise you to look up the current program in OSIRIS Student at the start of the year.


Do you want to know more about this pre-Master’s program?

Visit this pre-Master’s information session during the upcoming Open day

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