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Application and admission Politics, Policy and Societal Development track - national procedure

This is the national application and admission procedure for the Politics, Policy and Societal Development track of the MSc in Sociology.

a) Check your eligibility

Students of Tilburg University

Bachelor's students of Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences

The following TSB Bachelors make you eligible to the Master’s track in Politics, Policy and Societal Development:

  • BSc Global Management of Social Issues
  • BSc Sociologie or International Sociology
  • Another TSB Bachelor's program, provided one or a combination (minimum of 18 ECTS) of the following minors in Sociology has been completed: 
    • Culture in a Comparative Perspective
    • Social Risks in a Changing World
    • Grootstedelijke Vraagstukken

Bachelor’s students of University College Tilburg

The Bachelor Liberal Arts and Sciences with a major in Social Sciences: Human Behavior makes you eligible to the Master's track Politics, Policy and Societal Development.

For admission to this Master's track register in Studielink.
See step 1 of the admission procedure below.

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Students of other Dutch universities

This Master's program may be of interest to students with a Bachelor's or Master's degree in the areas of economics, political science, management, sociology and psychology.

To apply, you must register in Studielink. Applications are considered on a case-by-case basis. Subsequently, an assessment will be made as to whether your degree qualifies you for admission to this Master's track.

To start with the program you should have the following prior knowledge:

  • Sufficiently conversant in the social sciences: Sociology for Social Sciences; Key questions concerning sociology; Contemporary sociological theories; Classical and modern sociology in action.
  • Sufficient knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methods and statistics.
  • Knowledge of the Bachelor's subjects which feature in the relevant minor. 

You can find the admission criteria in this course list. 

Applications are considered on a case-by-case basis. Should you fail to meet all the prerequisites for admission to the Master's track, you may be able to make up this so-called deficit by taking an individual pre-Master's program at Tilburg University.

Do you want to know if you are admissible? 
The only way to find out whether you are eligible for the Master's track is by registering in Studielink and apply for admission. See the admission procedure below.

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Students of a Dutch university of applied sciences (hbo)

You may qualify for the half-year pre-Master's program in Sociology: Politics, Policy and Societal Development.

If you have completed the pre-Master’s program and have passed all the exams (30 ECTS), you are automatically admitted to:

  • The 1-year Master's track in Sociology: Politics, Policy and Society in Comparative Perspective at the end of January or at the end of August next academic year.
  • The 1-year Master's track Politics, Policy, and Societal Development at the end of August next academic year.
  • The 1-year Master's track Health, Wellbeing and Society at the end of January or at the end of August next academic year.

Students have been admitted to the pre-Master's program Sociology: Politics, Policy and Societal Development with the following Dutch hbo Bachelor's degrees:

Please note that if your hbo Bachelor’s program is not mentioned in this overview, you can still apply for admission to this pre-Master’s program by registering in Studielink. The Admissions Committee of the Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences will assess whether your degree qualifies you for admission.

  • Bedrijfseconomie
  • Bedrijfskunde
  • Bedrijfskunde MER
  • Bestuurskunde
  • Bestuurskunde en overheidsmanagement
  • Built Environment/Bouwkunde
  • Commerciële Economie
  • Communicatie
  • Culturele en Maatschappelijke vorming
  • European Studies
  • Finance and Control
  • Human Resource Management (of Personeel en Arbeid of Personeel en Organisatie)
  • Integrale veiligheidskunde
  • International Business
  • International Business and Administration
  • International Business and Languages
  • International Business and Management Studies
  • Journalistiek
  • Kunst en Economie
  • Learning and Development in Organizations
  • Leisure and Eventmanagement
  • Lifestyle
  • Maatschappelijk Werk en Dienstverlening
  • Maatschappijleer: lerarenopleiding
  • Sociaal Pedagogische Hulpverlening
  • Social Work
  • Sociale Studies
  • Sport, gezondheid en management
  • Sportkunde
  • Technische Bedrijfskunde
  • Toegepaste Psychologie
  • Tourism Management
  • Vrijetijdmanagement/ Leisure Management

Please note that the programs and sources mentioned above provide an indication of your eligibility to the pre-Master's program, not a guarantee. 

For admission to this Master's track register in Studielink. See step 1 of the admission procedure below.

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Bachelor students Leisure Studies Breda University of Applied Sciences

You are eligible for admission to the Master’s track Politics, Policy and Societal Development as long as you have successfully completed the Academic Bachelor’s program Leisure Studies at Breda University of Applied Sciences, including the minor in Sociology.

Bachelor students Convenant programs hbo

You are eligible for admission to the Master’s track Politics, Policy and Societal Development as long as you have successfully completed one of the following hbo Bachelor’s programs including the Convenant program:

  • Avans University of Applied Sciences 's Hertogenbosch and Breda
    Bachelor’s programs in Social Work respectively Sociaal Pedagogische Hulpverlening, Maatschappelijk Werk en Dienstverlening and Culturele Maatschappelijke Vorming

b) Consider the deadline

This (pre-)Master's program starts end of August. You must register in Studielink before August 1.

c) Follow the procedure for national applicants

Step 1: Register in Studielink

After you have registered in Studielink, the program's Admissions Committee will assess whether your previous education is a sufficient fit with this program to be admitted. Studielink opens on October 1.

  •  Make sure you register for the correct study program.​​​​​
  • The name of this Master's track in Studielink:
    M Sociology (GMSI: Politics, Policy and Societal Development) (CROHO-code: 66599)

Register in Studielink

  • The name of the pre-Master's program in Studielink:
    B Sociologie (premaster) (CROHO-code: 42593)
  • Please make sure you select the correct name in Studielink.

Register in Studielink

Enter an e-mail address in Studielink that you use regularly. Tilburg University will use this e-mail address to send you important information on your application and admission and/or to request additional information to assess your admissibility.

Step 2: Continue your application in our online application system

This step is not applicable for:  

Students who are currently enrolled or have already completed a Bachelor's -, pre-Master’s – or convenant’s program at Tilburg University that makes them directly admissible for this Master’s program.  

  • See the tabs “Students of Tilburg University” and “Bachelor students Convenant programs hbo” below the heading Check your eligibility at the top of this webpage for an overview of Bachelor’s programs that make you directly admissible. 
  • If you are directly admissible with your Bachelor's-, pre-Master’s – or convenant’s program, you only need to register in Studielink . Please continue to Step 3: Admissions Committee's decision. 

In all other cases, you must continue your application in OSIRIS Aanmeld, our online application system, after you have registered in Studielink. 

Application in OSIRIS Aanmeld

Within 1 week of your registration in Studielink, you will receive two e-mails from Tilburg University.  

  • One e-mail contains your Tilburg University account details (your student number and Tilburg University e-mail address). You will not need these details for your application, but please save them carefully, as you will need them at a later stage.
  • The other e-mail contains your OSIRIS Aanmeld account details as well as information on how you can start your application in OSIRIS Aanmeld. If you have not received this e-mail within 1 week of your registration in Studielink, please contact the Admissions Committee via

Upload your documents

When you are logged into OSIRIS Aanmeld you will have to upload several documents.  Please collect the requested documents and upload them in pdf-format.  

You will see exactly which documents you need to upload once you have filled out the necessary details in OSIRIS Aanmeld.  

Submit your application before the deadline as stated above

If you submit your application either close to or on the deadline, but have not uploaded the correct documents, Tilburg University reserves the right not to process your application.

After submitting your application

Our Admissions Committee will check that your application is complete, according to the requirements above.

If your documents are not complete, you will be asked to submit any missing or replace any illegible document(s).  

You can check your application status anytime you log in to your account in OSIRIS Aanmeld. 

Step 3: Admissions Committee's decision

The Admissions Committee assesses whether your degree qualifies you for admission to this (pre-)Master's program on a case-by-case basis.

You will receive the decision of the Admissions Committee by e-mail. In general, we aim to assess your application within six weeks.

There are three possibilities:

  • (Conditionally) accepted to the Master's program
    If you are conditionally accepted, this means that you are admitted to our Master's program (on the condition that we request additional information).

  • (Conditionally) accepted to the pre-Master's program
    It is possible that you do not completely fulfill the requirements for the Master’s program. If this is the case, we may offer you a pre-Master's program to prepare you for the Master's program.

  • Rejected
    If you do not fulfill the admission requirements, your application will be rejected. We will e-mail you personally the reasons for the rejection.

Step 4: Admitted, what's next?

Congratulations on being admitted to Tilburg University, either conditionally or unconditionally! 

You may be wondering what the next steps are. To ensure a smooth (and stress-free) start of your studies, we have prepared a timeline to give you an overview of the things you need to arrange before the start of your studies. 

On the timeline you can find information about:  

  • Completing your enrollment  
  • Paying your tuition fees 
  • Tips on finding accommodation (if applicable) 
  • Books and schedule 
  • Introduction activities like TOP week and your (mandatory) Study Program Introduction

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Do you have any questions?

Please feel free to contact us for your personal queries. You can contact us on every page of the Master's website.