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

in-house research traineeships

to apply your knowledge

international research traineeship

to improve your research skills

worldwide in the field of Social Sciences and Management

Program and courses

Become a research specialist in the field of sociology and focus on people's responses to changes in society and their personal life.

  • This Research Master's track is unique in the Netherlands
  • By choosing this track, you specialize in a unique research area. You can further personalize your education by choosing your supervisors, research topics, and traineeships.
  • thorough methodological and statistical education from renowned national and international academics prepares you for job opportunities in science, such as PhD positions, applied research, or for analytical and research-intensive jobs outside academia, like consulting or marketing
  • Become part of an ambitious and international group of students with small-scale interactive education and individual guidance. With no more than 30 students in a class, there are more full-time professors than students. 

Typical courses are:

  • Networks and Cohesion
  • Public Understanding of Science
  • 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

    "You receive solid statistical training and many opportunities to study and do empirical research while also receiving many opportunities to explore your preferences. You will acquire professional skills as well, such as programming in R."

  • Quita

    Quita Muis

    PhD student Tilburg University

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

  • Nathalie Aerts

    Nathalie Aerts

    Research Master’s student

    "The Research Master's program  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. You are trained to translate major social trends into empirical research questions, using theoretical insights and advanced research methods. 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. With your analytical and research skills, you are also well-suited for a PhD program at Tilburg University or any other university.

Recent alumni placements include:

  • PhD student (Stanford University, Tilburg University)
  • Behavioral Change Expert (Dijksterhuis & Van Baaren)
  • Data Analyst and Research Expert (ING Bank)
  • Policy Advisor at a government institution
  • Researcher & Lecturer (University of Southampton)
  • Applied Statistician in demographic research (Centraal Planbureau)

Alumni facts

  • Average number of months until first paid job: 3.5
  • 75% find a job within 2 months after graduation
  • 75% was (very) satisfied with the master's program 

Source: National Alumni Survey, 2021 | 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:

  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Organization and Management Studies
  • 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 and Management 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 on this Master's program

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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.