Master of Science in Sociology

University of Amsterdam

Program Description

Master of Science in Sociology

University of Amsterdam

The Master’s in Sociology at the University of Amsterdam offers a comprehensive programme focusing on current social issues. The Master's programme in Sociology teaches you how to think about sociological issues independently and offers you a sound understanding of sociological theory and methods.

In this programme, you will acquire intellectual and practical skills enabling you to analyse problems, structures and processes related to the coexistence of people.

With a wide range of courses on offer, the Master's in Sociology provides you with the opportunity to put together your own curriculum within a broad sociological spectrum.

Student profile

If you want to know what causes social problems, you have a desire to understand underlying processes, if you are critical and interested in alternative explanations for what happens in the world around you, if you want to conduct your own research and be inspired by the classical sociological scholars on current issues, then this is your study programme. In sum: this Master's is the right choice for you as a critical, inquiring student who has a desire to gain in-depth knowledge on current social issues and find solutions for these.


After completion of the study programme, there is an array of job opportunities. As a sociology graduate, you possess excellent research skills and have the capacity to define complex social problems, to come up with potential solutions and to translate these into written recommendations.

Focus on research

In recent years the Department of Sociology has attracted a large number of international staff members who excel in their own specialist field and are actively involved in teaching in their domain. The strong reputation of the staff is evident from the large number of research grants received in recent years from the Dutch Scientific Organisation (Nederlandse Wetenschapsorganisatie - NWO) and the European Commission. Many members of staff are also active in the public debate and are involved in research on (government) policy. This is also reflected in the curriculum.

Specialisation tracks

Next to this Master's programme in Sociology, there are six English-language specialisation tracks in Sociology:

  • Comparative Organisation and Labour Studies
  • Cultural Sociology
  • Gender, Sexuality and Society
  • Migration and Ethnic Studies
  • Social Problems and Social Policy
  • Urban Sociology

What is the difference between the MSc Sociology and the specialisation tracks?

The main difference between this Sociology degree programme and the English tracks is that the Sociology programme offers more choice.

Students in the general Sociology programme are allowed to put together their own curriculum by choosing from all the courses offered by the various specialisations, whereas it is compulsory for track students to choose from courses within their specialisation. Sociology students can specialise in one of the six majors, but may alternatively opt for a more general programme.

Dutch students of the MSc Sociology may write their thesis and papers in Dutch (provided that the lecturers are able to understand Dutch).

Career prospects

An education in the social sciences will impart a broad range of skills that easily translate into a multitude of careers.

Specific career examples from alumni of the programme are:

  • Senior Campaigner at campaign office BKB
  • Council member political party
  • Lecturer Research Methodology at the UvA
  • Researcher at DSP-group
  • Management consultant at Vierstroom

The programme gives students a good basis to pursue their studies at the PhD level. Students with an excellent academic record will be encouraged to complete their Master's studies with the development of a proposal for PhD study at the University of Amsterdam.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated October 12, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2019
1 year
Full time
2,060 EUR
EU/EEA students. Non-EU/EEA students €14,740 per year.
Netherlands - Amsterdam, North Holland
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