Social Problems: How Do They Arise? And How Do You Solve Them?

The radicalisation of Muslim youth is continually in the news and high on the political agenda. What has scientific research revealed about the causes and background of this issue? How should the government and societal actors handle this trend and which policy is effective? An ageing population leads to increasing healthcare costs. How should care for the elderly be structured in order to make it personal and affordable again? The virtual and physical world are increasingly merging. What role does the internet play in shaping political and social movements' ability to self-organise?

The experts of tomorrow

As society becomes more complex, the demand for experts continues to expand. In the one-year Master’s program Contemporary Social Problems, you will be trained to become an expert on one important social theme. You choose one contemporary issue in which you will specialise:

  • Crime and Safety
  • Internet, Social Media and Networks
  • Care, Policy and Organisations

You design your own track in this Master’s program, in which you quickly and rigorously immerse yourself in your specialisation. You will learn about the state-of-the-art in current scholarship. As an expert, you will also learn to think in multidisciplinary terms. In addition to sociology as your core subject, you will also take courses in social psychology and social geography of your chosen theme, which allows you to further immerse yourself in your area of specialisation. Learn to quickly and thoroughly delve into a contemporary social theme

Theory and practice

As an expert, you will also learn to translate theory into practice. You will learn to translate scientific knowledge into concrete advice for companies or effective policy for the government. You will also learn to present research results to a wider audience. Speakers from the field, working visits and your own internship project ensure you gain comprehensive knowledge of the practical context.

Labour market

There is a significant focus on your transition to the labour market. You will meet experts working for relevant organisations in the professional field. We will help you find an internship so that you can gain practical work experience. The practical skills you acquire will be very useful during your internship and in your future career: you will learn more about conducting interviews, communications, time management and designing policy advice.

The objective of the program

During this Master’s program, you will be thoroughly trained to analyse and advise on contemporary social issues. You will, therefore, develop yourself into an academic professional and an expert on your chosen theme. In these themes, the boundary between public and private is often transcended, which means that once you complete the Master’s, you can work in both the private and (semi) public sectors. Potential careers include social science expert, an applied researcher in the corporate world, policy advisor at a ministry or municipality, advisor, project coordinator or consultant.

Career Prospects

On completion of this master's program, you will be an expert in your chosen domain. You will be able to think interdisciplinarily and translate social science theory into practice. As a result, you will qualify for a number of jobs. You could work in the private, the semi-public or public sector. Potential careers include applied researcher in the corporate world, policy advisor at a ministry or municipality, project coordinator or consultant.

Professional career

A few examples of first jobs held by previous graduates:

  • Consultant at Berenschot
  • Editor at NOS News
  • Researcher at the Social and Cultural Planning Office
  • Trainee with the Dutch government
  • Political party staff member
  • Researcher at the Education Inspectorate
  • Public affairs staff member at Zorgverzekeraars Nederland, the association of Dutch healthcare insurers
  • Data consultant at Ynformed

Academic career

An academic career is not an immediately obvious choice. However, several graduates of the program are working as PhD candidates at a university.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated August 23, 2019
This course is Campus based
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1 year
2,083 EUR
Dutch and other EU/EEA students (statutory fee 2019-2020): € 2,083. Non-EU/EEA students (institutional fee): 2018-19: € 15,575, 2019-20: € 16,600
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