Master's Program Sociology

The Master in Sociology is a one-year, English-taught program containing 60 ECTS credits. The Master's program has two intake moments, the first at the end of August and the second at the end of January.

Content

The Master in Sociology is a one-year, English-taught program containing 60 ECTS credits. The program focuses on the sociological analysis of problems of social cohesion in contemporary Western societies, from both a micro perspective (family, social networks, crime) and from a macro perspective (welfare state, solidarity). Questions dealt with include:

  • What are people's attitudes about welfare rights for minority groups in society, such as immigrants, and what factors can explain these attitudes?
  • Does a country's social security system effect solidarity with one's fellow citizens?
  • Do people increasingly act individually, and does the existence of and involvement in social media compensate for this?
  • How can we explain the growth of political cynicism?
  • What social groups are more involved in crime?
  • Are certain social groups more involved in crime than others?

Theoretical and empirical research focus

The Master's program has a theoretical and empirical research focus. This means that social problems and issues are translated into sociological research questions, which are then analyzed using sociological theories, models, advanced research methods and statistical techniques. In addition to this, students will then learn how policy solutions can be derived from the results of this sociological analysis, and to evaluate the implementation of these solutions.

The broad and in-depth knowledge acquired during your Sociology studies will enable you to make a substantial contribution to the analysis and solution of today's social problems. Please look at the Program Structure for more information about the program and courses.

Program structure

The program consists of 60 Credits (ECTS), equivalent to 1680 hours of study, divided into four units. The Master's program in Sociology has a second intake moment. Students can start the Master's program at the end of August (first intake moment) or at the end of January (second intake moment). The students follow the same program. More information.

Courses first intake moment: start August

Unit 1 (August-October)


Unit 2 (October-December)


Unit 3 (January-March)


Unit 4 (March-June)

Total ECTS: 60 ECTS


More information about the courses offered by Tilburg University is available in the electronic study guide.

Courses second intake moment: start January

Unit 1 (January-March)


Unit 2 (March-June)


Unit 3 (August-October)


Unit 4 (October-December)

Total ECTS: 60 ECTS


More information about the courses offered by Tilburg University is available in the electronic study guide.


All professors of MSc Sociology are active in international research projects, like the European Values Study (EVS) or NELLS (The Dutch Lifecycle Study).

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Tom Welman

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