Sociology: Politics, Policy and Society in Comparative Perspective
Translate important societal questions from both micro and macro perspectives into sociological problems related to politics, social cohesion, and inequality. In the Master's track Politics, Policy and Society in Comparative Perspective you study issues such as populism, social movements, and the welfare state. You will also evaluate social policies and use research as input for new policies. This Master's is a track of the MSc Sociology.
QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2023
Times Higher Education Ranking, 2024
National Alumni Survey, 2021 | n=11
Program and courses
This Master's program is socially, research, and policy-oriented. You address social questions related to issues such as populism, class difference, and globalization. You will focus on the theory through research and gain practical tools by translating these issues into policy and investigating the effect of policy on behavior. You study societal issues related to politics, social cohesion, and inequality from both micro and macro perspectives.
- Taught in small, interactive workgroups with individual thesis supervision.
- The Extended Master's program adds one semester to the total program to provide you with an internship of half a year to enhance your skills and gain relevant work experience.
- With a Double Degree program, you have the opportunity to earn a degree from both Tilburg University and one of our partner universities:
- The Politics, Policy and Societal Development track gives you a different perspective on sustainable development based on the theories and methods pertinent to the Global Management of Social Issues discipline. This specialization addresses societal issues and sustainable development from a sociological perspective.
- The Health, Wellbeing and Society track combines scientific insights from sociology and health sciences. With a strong collaboration with healthcare organizations, you will learn to become a specialist in the field of healthcare policy, societal resilience, and health and wellbeing.
- Social Movements: Social Media, Democracy and Change
- Social Policy and Social Risks
- The Social Structure of Western Societies
- Politics and Society in Comparative Perspective
Joep ClevenMaster's student
"During this Master’s, I learned how to approach and understand social and political issues from different perspectives. My internship helped me put this knowledge into practice."
Romy OomensMaster's student
"The program covers topics such as populism, migration and social inequality. Because of the personal attention, you can shape the Master's with subjects that you find interesting."
Luuk van WeertMaster's student
"I chose this Master’s because I have always been curious about how society works. The versatility and depth of the program offer me good tools to study society from different angles."
As a graduate of the Master's track Sociology: Politics, Policy and Society in Comparative Perspective, you are able to make a significant contribution to the analysis of and solutions to today's social problems. You are specialized in sociological research into social problems, and the impact of policy in areas such as labor, employment, culture, welfare, education, or healthcare. You could work as a researcher, policy officer, advisor, or in management.
Graduates work, for example, as:
- Policy Officer
- (Junior) researcher
- 70% of our alumni find a job within 6 months after graduation
- 82% would choose the same program again, at the same university
- 72% of the graduates are (very) satisfied with the program
Source: National Alumni Survey, recent graduates 2021 | n=11
Application and admission
This program starts:
At the end of August and at the end of January
Best preparatory programs:
If your previous education does not entirely meet the entry requirements, you can do a pre-Master's program at Tilburg University. For this program, the pre-Master's program in Sociology is available to both Research University and Dutch University of Applied Sciences (hbo) students. The pre-Master's program takes half a year (30 ECTS) and starts at the end of August and at the end of January.
Tuition fees and scholarships
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