MSc in Sociology: Comparative Organisation and Labour Studies
Language of instruction: English
Starts in: September
Comparative Organisation and Labour Studies (COLS) offers you a sociological perspective on the organisation of work processes, on the functioning of modern labour markets and of the governance of firms and other public or private organisations that form the locus of employment.
The Comparative Organisation and Labour Studies programme provides you with a broad foundation of sociological theory and research training with a more specific focus on the organisation of work in contemporary societies. During this programme, you will study the modern world of work at various levels:
- the micro-level (e.g. workplace practices and human resource management);
- the meso level (e.g. employment relations or the governance of firms);
- and the macro level (e.g. bargaining between trade unions and employers associations, and the structure of labour market institutions and welfare states).
The programme gives you a comparative perspective on institutional variety (i.e. examining how rules and regulations differ between countries as well as within countries). It stimulates you as a student to apply a sociological perspective in your work, based on thorough scientific research, situating labour processes in a broader societal context.
This programme starts in September. Fulfilling the requirements should take one year of full-time study.
The programme (60 ECTS) starts with a theory course in Sociological Perspectives and a Thematic Core Course which is part of the track. In the second block students follow an elective preferably relevant to the topic of the thesis. The first semester ends with an intensive Winter School in methods. Different courses are offered in both quantitative and qualitative methodology.
During the semester students will also follow a course in Labour Market Orientation, preparing them for the labour market.
In the second semester, students start with another elective and a thesis seminar in which they will write their research proposal. The programme is concluded with a Master's thesis.
Applications will be carefully evaluated by the admissions committee.
International diplomas are evaluated on the basis of advice from professional diploma evaluators. The minimum level of the diploma should be equivalent to three years of Dutch university education.
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Cost & Fees
The statutory tuition fee (except for the part-time rate) is determined annually by the Dutch government. Institutional tuition fee rates are set by the higher education institutions individually, and apply to students who do not meet the conditions for the statutory tuition fee rate.
The tuition fee rate is valid for a full academic year. The rate for enrolment as of 1 February can be determined by calculating 7/12ths of the given rate.
Statutory tuition fees 2016-2017
- full-time students € 1,984
- part-time students € 1,706
- dual programme students € 1,984
- AUC students € 4,154
- PPLE students € 3,968
Information for students from the Netherlands, the EEA, the EU, Switzerland and Suriname.
Students from the Netherlands, other countries within the European Economic Area (EEA), the EU, Switzerland and Suriname pay the statutory tuition fees if they satisfy the legal requirements. Institutional fee for students who do not qualify for the statutory fees
You are required to pay the institutional tuition fee if:
- you are not a national of an EU or EEA Member State, Switzerland or Suriname;
- after obtaining your Dutch Bachelor's degree you enrol in a second Bachelor's programme;
- after obtaining your Dutch Master's degree you enrol in a second Master's programme;
- you fail to satisfy all the conditions under one of the UvA's transitional arrangements. You can find the regulations in the 2015-2016 Enrolment Provisions or the 2016-2017 Enrolment Provisions (in Dutch).
Last updated April 19, 2016