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Application and admission Sociology: national procedure

This is the national application and admission procedure for the (pre-)Master's program in Sociology.

a) Check your eligibility

Students of Tilburg University

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

The following TSB Bachelor's make you eligible to the Master's program in Sociology:

  • Sociology
  • Global Management of Social Issues
  • Another TSB bachelor's program, provided that one of the following minors, or a combination of courses from those minors (minimum of 18 ECTS) in Sociology has been completed:
    • Culture in a Comparative Perspective
    • Social Risks in a Changing World

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 program in Sociology.

For admission to this Master's program register in Studielink, see step 1 of the admission procedure below. 

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Students of other Dutch universities

You must apply by registering in Studielink. Applications are considered on a case-by-case basis. And an assessment will determine whether your degree qualifies you for admission to this Master's program.

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 program, 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 program, is by registering in Studielink and applying for admission. See the admission procedure below.

Do you have questions about the procedure?
Send an e-mail to

Students of a Dutch university of applied sciences (hbo)

You may qualify for the half-year pre-Master's program Sociology

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

Students have been admitted to the pre-Master's program Sociology with the following Dutch hbo Bachelor's:

Please note: 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 yourself in Studielink. The Admissions Committee of the Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences will assess whether your degree qualifies you for admission on a case-by-case basis.

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


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

Bachelor students Leisure Studies of Breda University of Applied Sciences

You are eligible for admission to the Master’s program in Sociology 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 program in Sociology as long as you have successfully completed one of the following hbo Bachelor’s programs including the Convenant program:

Avans University of Applied Sciences

  • Bachelor’s programs in Social Work respectively Sociaal Pedagogische Hulpverlening, Maatschappelijk Werk en Dienstverlening and Culturele Maatschappelijke Vorming

For admission to this Master's program register in Studielink, see step 1 of the admission procedure below.

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b) Consider the deadlines

Both the pre-Master’s program and the Master’s program have two intake moments. You must register yourself in Studielink before:

  • Starting end of August: August 1
  • Starting end of January: December 15

Please note: Make sure you complete your application on time. 
Make sure you are well prepared to start your (pre)-Master.

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 program in Studielink:
       M Sociology  - Track Politics, Policy and Society in a Comparative Perspective (CROHO-code: 66599)
    • The name of the pre-Master's program in Studielink:
       B Sociology (Pre-Master. CROHO-code: 56601)
    • Please make sure you select the correct name 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.

Register in Studielink

Step 2: 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 3: Admitted, what's next?


Whether conditionally or unconditionally admitted, we welcome you warmly to Tilburg University and wish you good luck with the start of your studies.

Let's walk you through the next steps:

  • Complete your enrollment and pay your tuition fees
    Please check your enrollment status and any to-do items that may still be pending in OSIRIS Student. You can use your login details for Tilburg University’s computer network to access OSIRIS Student.
  • Arrange practical matters
    Before you can start your studies, there are a number of practical matters to take care of, such as registering for courses, and if necessary, arranging housing.
  • Participate in orientation activities
    • As an incoming student you can participate in the TOP Week: a social, practical and creative introduction week for all new students who are enrolled in one of the higher education institutions in Tilburg. The TOP Week takes place the week before the start of the academic year.
    • Besides the TOP Week, there is also an official program introduction organized by your study program. During the Program Introduction, you will receive all the information you need to get off to a good start with your new study. You will meet the education coordinator, the program director and your fellow students. Participation is mandatory.

Read more on how to become a Tilburg University student

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.