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Career prospects Sociology: Politics, Policy and Society in Comparative Perspective

As a graduate of the Master’s track Sociology: Politics, Policy and Society in Comparative Perspective, you will be able to make a substantial contribution to the analysis of and solutions to today's social problems. You may be employed as researcher, policy officer, advisor or management team member. You could work in the field of labor and employment, culture, welfare, education or health care.

Knowledge and skills

  • After graduating, you are specialized in translating sociological research into policies and evaluating the impact of policy in areas such as labor and employment, culture, welfare, education or health care. 
  • You can critically assess research and policies related to contemporary social issues, and give advice on these subjects
  • You know how to conduct sociological research (using either quantitative or qualitative methodologies) and how to present your work.

After your Master's degree, it is also possible to do the educational post-master and obtain your first-degree teaching certificate in Social Studies and Social Sciences. 

Recent placements include:

  • Policy Officer at Ministry of Justice and Security
  • Health Care Research | Primary Care | Data-analyst | NIVEL
  • Consultant - Researcher PON, Knowledge Institute in the Social and Cultural domains
  • Junior researcher at Mulier Institute
  • Researcher in regional identities in North-Brabant at Tilburg University
  • Journalist BN de Stem
  • Teacher Secondary School
  • Policy advisor Catharina Hospital
  • Project manager at Tilburg University
  • Avigal Janssen

    Avigal Janssen

    Research Policy Officer at Breda University of Applied Sciences

    "The analytical skills I acquired during the program are valuable for my current position. Knowing how to approach tasks critically with a broad perspective is crucial. Therefore, I consider the Master’s an essential addition to my Bachelor’s".

  • Jonna Kroeze

    Jonna Kroeze

    Consultant-researcher at Het PON & Telos

    The Master's program prepared me for the job market and enhanced my passion while the internship offered valuable insights into the opportunities in the field.

  • Remco van Wijk

    Remco van Wijk

    Data scientist at NVWA - Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority

    "My Master's program provided me with the sociological and statistical knowledge necessary to work as a researcher. In this position, I developed my knowledge of programming which led to my role as a data scientist."

Typical starting positions after graduation

  • Policy Officer
  • (Junior) Researcher
  • Lecturer
  • Consultant
  • Scientist
  • Journalist

Become a teacher

Are you passionate about sharing your knowledge with others? If you are a Dutch graduate, you can take an educational post-master after finishing your Master’s program and become a teacher in secondary school.

After your Master's

Your transition to the labor market

We help you prepare for your transition to the labor market by offering a number of career services:

  • Coaching, support and training courses offered by our Student Career Services to improve your employability and communication skills.

  • Dedicated Career Services Officers who can give you individual career guidance or help you to find interesting and relevant internships.

  • Familiarize yourself with the labor market and meet potential employers by participating in several career events, which are organized every year in collaboration with the study associations.

  • To those who wish to discover and develop their entrepreneurial talent, we offer education and support services.

More on our Career Services

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Working in the Netherlands after graduation

After obtaining a Master’s degree in the Netherlands, non-EEA students can apply for a residence permit under the Orientation Year for Highly Educated Persons’ scheme. This allows you to spend a period of up to twelve months in the Netherlands to find employment.

Alumni facts

  • Gross monthly salary:  €2,519.- 
  • 82% would choose the same program again, at the same university
  • 72% of the graduates is (very) satisfied with the program
  • 70% of our alumni find a job within 6 months after graduation

Source: National Alumni Survey, recent graduates 2021 | n=11

Interested in the MSc Sociology: Politics, Policy and Society in Comparative Perspective?

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