Masters in Social Sciences in Netherlands

Compare Masters Programs in Social Sciences in Netherlands 2017/2018

Social Sciences

Master-level studies involve specialized study in a field of research or an area of professional practice. Earning a master’s degree demonstrates a higher level of mastery of the subject. Earning a master’s degree can take anywhere from a year to three or four years. Before you can graduate, you usually must write and defend a thesis, a long paper that is the culmination of your specialized research.

Social sciences help students to better understand the interactions and systems within human society. Topics covered may include how communities and populations form governments, make laws, develop economic systems, or how individuals make decisions.

The people, language, and culture of the Netherlands is referred to as "Dutch". A modern European country today, Netherlands preserved its highly international character and is known for its liberal mentality. The Netherlands has many universities. The country has recently converted their own titles into the bachelor/master system. There are two types of universities: Academic (focussing more on theoretical knowledge, aka "Universiteit") or Applied Sciences (focussing more on practical knowledge, aka "Hogeschool")

Top Master Programs in Social Sciences in Netherlands 2017/2018

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Master in Arts and Culture Studies with a specialisation in Place, Culture and Tourism

Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication - Erasmus University Rotterdam
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 Netherlands Rotterdam + 1 more

In this programme, you study the complex interplay between place, culture and tourism. You will learn to find creative, yet critical solutions to challenges in the tourism industry. [+]

Best Masters in Social Sciences in Netherlands 2017/2018. How can we make sense of New Zealand's 50% increase in tourism after the release of the Lord of the Rings trilogy? What motivates over 1.5 million people each year to visit Auschwitz in Poland? And why are the majority of Air France's destinations former colonies of France? This programme will help you understand the international and dynamic field of cultural tourism and enable you to jumpstart a career in this ever-expanding field. The tourism sector has grown into one of the most important industries in today's world economy. Cities, regions and nations are involved in a non-stop competition for the favours of the global tourist flows. The field has become more and more diverse, as a result of globalization and digitization. As an increasing amount of people is able and eager to travel across the globe, different cultures around the world become interconnected. This calls for new professionals in culture and tourism, who possess the knowledge and skills to anticipate and understand the global dynamics between societies, cultures, media and tourism. In this master, you focus on questions such as: How can we disclose cultural heritage sites to international tourism in an environmentally and community friendly way? Which opportunities and challenges does the tourist industry pose for Indigenous communities? How do the history of tourism and our colonial heritage resonate in contemporary tourist practices? How have globalization and the emergence of digital technologies affected tourism and other types of mobility? You... [-]

Research Master Sociology of Culture, Media and the Arts

Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication - Erasmus University Rotterdam
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Netherlands Rotterdam

The two-year Research Master’s Programme in the Sociology of Culture, Media and the Arts is offered by the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication and the Faculty of Social Sciences. [+]

Research Master in Sociology of Culture, Media and the Arts Challenge yourself in this interdisciplinary Research Master’s programme! Combine social-scientific training and hands-on research experience. Develop your own research interests. And prepare yourself for a PhD, or a research-oriented career outside of academia. The two-year Research Master’s Programme in the Sociology of Culture, Media and the Arts is offered by the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication and the Faculty of Social Sciences. This Master’s of Science (MSc) Programme is designed for talented and motivated students, who are interested in research on culture, media and the arts. You will be trained to independently carry out high-quality research, whilst simultaneously getting the chance to more clearly outline your own research interests — with the help of top scholars in the field. The curriculum consists of theoretical courses, as well as quantitative and qualitative methodological training. You will put this knowledge into practice in a research traineeship, in which you get the opportunity to collaborate with an experienced scholar and work on a real-life research project. Through a study exchange in your second year you get the opportunity to further broaden your knowledge, and expand your international network. All in all, the Research Master not only prepares you for a PhD in sociology, arts and culture studies, media studies and related fi elds, but is also a perfect stepping stone to a research-oriented career outside of a university. From Research Master to PhD “I will spend the coming three years on... [-]

Master in Media Studies with a specialisation in Media, Culture & Society.

Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication - Erasmus University Rotterdam
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 Netherlands Rotterdam + 1 more

Against the background of quickly digitalising societies and media saturation, the Media, Culture & Society programme allows you to study the production and reception of established and emerging media. [+]

Best Masters in Social Sciences in Netherlands 2017/2018. Master in Media Studies with a specialisation in Media, Culture & Society Why choose Media, Culture & Society in Rotterdam? Are you interested in the ever-changing media environment? How do media affect our lifestyles, our self image, and our relationships with others? Would you like to explore these questions? The Master’s programme Media, Culture & Society offers you the opportunity to do so, in a truly international classroom within one of Europe’s most diverse and multicultural cities. Against the background of quickly digitalising societies and media saturation, the Media, Culture & Society programme allows you to study the production and reception of established and emerging media. You will be confronted with the shifting relations between consumers and citizens, the private and the public, the global and the local, the media user and the producer. You will acquire the expertise to apply these insights and conduct research in relation to a wide range of topics and organisations, including—but not limited to—the media and cultural industries. Also, you can join two different Honours Projects and you will have the opportunity to extend your study to go on exchange. Trained by international experts in an interactive class environment, Media, Culture & Society graduates are thus equipped with theoretical and hands-on knowledge about current and future media developments. The programme’s distinctive focus on the labour market facilitates graduates’ access to high profile jobs in the fields of media and digital technologies, culture, marketing, politics, and beyond.... [-]

Master in Arts and Culture Studies with a specialisation in Cultural Economics and Entrepreneurship

Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication - Erasmus University Rotterdam
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 Netherlands Rotterdam + 1 more

In this top-ranked programme, you will acquire a solid background in cultural economics and research methods. You will learn about the latest developments in economic thought related to art markets and creative industries, and you deal with cutting-edge approaches to cultural entrepreneurship. [+]

Master in Arts and Culture Studies with a specialisation in Cultural Economics and Entrepreneurship Why choose Cultural Economics and Entrepeneurship in Rotterdam? In today’s cultural sector, creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship are key. This holds for creators as well as for those who are involved with art and culture behind the scenes. Do you want to develop new and well-founded ideas on how to produce, sustain and disseminate creative works? Do you want to distinguish yourself as a leading thinker at the crossroads between art and economics? Do you want to make better decisions for your own career in arts and culture? Then the Master’s programme Cultural Economics and Entrepreneurship is perfect for you. In this top-ranked programme, you will acquire a solid background in cultural economics and research methods. You will learn about the latest developments in economic thought related to art markets and creative industries, and you deal with cutting-edge approaches to cultural entrepreneurship. In seminars, workshops and during fieldtrips you will apply what you learn to actual cases. Students regularly participate in organising events in our department, gaining practical experience. You finalise the one year Master’s programme with a thesis, in which you pursue a topic of your choice, and you develop the skills to conduct your own research. About the specialisation: Cultural Economics and Entrepreneurship Our programme is unique in its approach. Other than arts management programmes, we put a greater emphasis on theory and original empirical research, and on cultural economics. The skills we will practice... [-]

Master in Arts and Culture Studies with a specialisation in Arts, Culture and Society

Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication - Erasmus University Rotterdam
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 Netherlands Rotterdam + 1 more

In the Master’s programme Arts, Culture and Society we teach you the skills to advise and become part of cultural organisations. After graduation, you will be the expert to turn to for knowledge about cultural marketing, or for a better understanding of the audience’s tastes and motivations. [+]

Best Masters in Social Sciences in Netherlands 2017/2018. Master in Arts and Culture Studies with a specialisation in Arts, Culture and Society Why choose Arts, Culture and Society in Rotterdam? In the Master’s programme Arts, Culture and Society we teach you the skills to advise and become part of cultural organisations. After graduation, you will be the expert to turn to for knowledge about cultural marketing, or for a better understanding of the audience’s tastes and motivations. Arts, Culture and Society offers a unique approach that integrates present-day modes of production, distribution and consumption of arts and culture beyond and across national cultural boundaries. You are trained to envision new possibilities and establish new models for the organisation of arts and culture, using cutting-edge insights onto policy, marketing, audiences and education. Careers This Master’s programme is ideally suited to true culture lovers who wish to turn their passion into a career. We prepare you for management, policy or communication positions with companies and cultural institutions such as museums, theatre companies and orchestras, broadcasters and publishers. But also if your ambition is a policy or management position with the government or a role in academic education and research, this programme is an excellent choice. About the specialisation: Arts, Culture & Society In this specialisation of the Master Arts and Culture Studies, you will gain knowledge and get a better understanding of development, establishment and strategies of the international art world. You will study these aspects in relation to developments in society... [-]

Master in History of Society with a specialisation in Global History and International Relations

Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication - Erasmus University Rotterdam
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 Netherlands Rotterdam + 1 more

The Master History of Society is an interdisciplinary programme: we combine knowledge and theories from both the humanities and the social sciences to analyse complex historical issues. An international and comparative approach teaches us to identify similarities and differences in historical case studies. [+]

Master in History of Society with a specialisation in Global History and International Relations Why choose History of Society in Rotterdam? The Master History of Society is an interdisciplinary programme: we combine knowledge and theories from both the humanities and the social sciences to analyse complex historical issues. An international and comparative approach teaches us to identify similarities and differences in historical case studies. The international track of the Master History of Society is titled ‘Global History and International Relations’. In this programme, two otherwise independent fields of study are combined to analyse international relations from a historical and global perspective. We focus for example on the rise and fall of great powers such as the British Empire and the United States. We discuss the historical backgrounds of contemporary geopolitical issues and show how the past itself is mobilized by groups and individuals to legitimize policies and to construct identities. In Rotterdam you learn to describe both the broad outlines and the unique and specific aspects of historical events. Our programme is characterised by small-scale seminars, personal supervision, and intensive contacts with faculty and fellow students. We maintain excellent contacts with archives, museums, and research institutes that offer valuable research internships to our students. For several years in a row the Master History of Society has been named the best history Master in the Netherlands by both the journal Elsevier and Keuzegids Masters. One of the courses: Mapping Global Order This course combines two specialisations: International Relations Theory and World... [-]

Master in Philosophy: Philosophy of Neurosciences

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam

Neuroscience belongs to the sciences that in the future will have a large impact on virtually all aspects of our functioning as humans .. [+]

Best Masters in Social Sciences in Netherlands 2017/2018. Neuroscience belongs to the sciences that in the future will have a large impact on virtually all aspects of our functioning as humans. Neuroscience has already changed the view we have on ourselves. This programme offers an answer to a need for responsible scientists, scientists who are sensitive to the conceptual issues in their own specific subdomain and who are, on the other hand, able to reflect and communicate about the broader implications of their field, clinical as well as societal. We aim at philosophy in neuroscience instead of philosophy about neuroscience. STRUCTURE OF THE PROGRAMME The curriculum of PNS includes 30 ec in Philosophy, 36 ec in Neuroscience, 42 ec in Philosophy of Neuroscience, and 12 ec for the individual Master’s thesis, at the total of 120 ec. For details of the curriculum, please consult the website at www.vu.nl/philosophy SPECIFIC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS The programme of PNS is open for Master and Research-Master students in Neuroscience. The programme instruction is in English. [-]

Master in Humanities: Literature & Contested Spaces (Research)

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam

The focal point of this programme at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is the interrelation between literature and social change. Fiction matters because it shapes the way we view the world ... [+]

Master in Literary Studies (research)

The focal point of this programme is the interrelation between literature and social change. Fiction matters because it shapes the way we view the world, other people, and ourselves. It is through fantasy that we can begin to change reality. In this programme you will learn to analyse the form, language and material aspects of texts as carriers of cultural, ethical, religious, scientific and political systems of meaning. You will learn to design research that combines perspectives from literature studies and literary history with other disciplines, such as cultural and (post)colonial history, environmental and digital humanities, global history and visual culture.... [-]


Master in Humanities: Global History (research)

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam

This two-year’s programme at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam prepares talented students for a research career in history. You can specialize in ... [+]

Master in History (Research)

This two-year’s programme prepares talented students for a research career in history. You can specialize in political, (post)colonial history, global social history or cultural history. The History group is acclaimed for its unique expertise in the fields of the history of knowledge and religion, heritage studies, emotions studies, material culture, and environmental humanities. You will research the complex constellations in which people, objects, spaces and ideas intersect, with a focus on the role of power, social relations, religion and emotions. The programme also offers students the possibility to explore and train skills in digital analysis and reflect on the possibilities of the emerging digital humanities techniques.... [-]


Master in Humanities: Critical Studies in Art & Culture (research)

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Research Master’s in Critical Studies in Art & Culture is a two-year programme which will enable you to develop into a professional researcher. The programme deals with ... [+]

Master in Critical Studies in Art & Culture (Research)

This two-year programme is unique in the Netherlands. With special emphasis on methodological and theoretical issues, it interrelates perspectives from art history, media studies, design studies and architectural history. It fosters the acquisition of knowledge, analytical skills and a capacity to critically reflect on historical and contemporary developments in the cultural industries. It centers on the analysis of “visual objects” (from landscapes, cities and buildings to artworks in various media, film, television, design and games) in their social, institutional, economic and ideological contexts. The programme is taught in English.... [-]


Master in Law: International Migrations and Refugee Law

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam

War crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide disrupt societies and pose a threat to international peace and security. Developing theories to understand this human behaviour and designing effective strategies to react to these atrocities is extremely challenging. International Crimes and Criminology is an interdisciplinary Master’s programme in which you will learn how to measure and investigate these... [+]

Best Masters in Social Sciences in Netherlands 2017/2018. War crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide disrupt societies and pose a threat to international peace and security. Developing theories to understand this human behaviour and designing effective strategies to react to these atrocities is extremely challenging. International Crimes and Criminology is an interdisciplinary Master’s programme in which you will learn how to measure and investigate these crimes. You are challenged to critically reflect on international criminal law and alternative modes of transitional justice, such as truth commissions and amnesties. The Master’s programme is unique: it is not offered by any other university worldwide. Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is close to The Hague, the legal capital of the world. STRUCTURE OF THE PROGRAMME The programme in International Crimes and Criminology consists of five required courses, several elective courses and an interdisciplinary Master’s thesis on international crimes. The programme deals extensively with insights from various disciplines such as law, criminology, sociology, psychology and political science. This Master’s aims to define, conceptualize an measure international crimes and to analyse ways to effectively prevent, eradicate and respond to them. YOUR FUTURE CAREER The programme leads to the Master of Science degree (MSc.). On completing the programme, you will be able to objectively assess empirical data and critically comment on theoretical notions. On the practical side, you will be able to draft policy documents, develop preventive strategies and carry out fieldwork. Possible careers include working for international criminal courts and tribunals, human rights organizations, refugee organizations, government... [-]

Master in Heritage Studies

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is one of the few universities in Europe offering a full master in Heritage Studies, even with the option to extend the programme into a two-year research master. The staff of the Heritage Studies programme is well-embedded in the international heritage networks. Amsterdam, with its global scope and many renowned heritage institutions, extensive creative industries, and its... [+]

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is one of the few universities in Europe offering a full master in Heritage Studies, even with the option to extend the programme into a two-year research master. The staff of the Heritage Studies programme is well-embedded in the international heritage networks. Amsterdam, with its global scope and many renowned heritage institutions, extensive creative industries, and its canal district that figures prominently on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites, is the perfect urban context for studying (transforming) cultural heritage. STRUCTURE OF THE PROGRAMME The Master’s programme Heritage Studies at VU Amsterdam is a one year programme of 60 ECTS. It includes a combination of lectures and workshops, with space for round table discussions and debate. Additionally, lectures are held on location during group visits to projects, institutions, landscapes, and cities. The examination forms are verbal and oral, and presentations and essays are often included. You will complete your study with a thesis. Four core modules are compulsory: Historical Landscapes and Archaeological Heritage Architectural and Town Planning Heritage Biography of the Landscape Spatial Transformations: Meeting Designers Several optional modules: Research Tutorial Politics of International Heritage, including tourism Terrorscapes in Postwar Europe Challenging Eternity. Heritage, Urbanistic Interventions and the City of Rome (field trip to Rome, Italy) YOUR FUTURE CAREER The Master diploma Heritage Studies qualifies you as a professional. Government bodies as well as stakeholders in the market are in search of highly educated professionals who contribute their heritage knowledge to societal issues, policy matters and design questions... [-]

Master in Psychology: Work and Organizational Psychology (Specialization)

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Master’s specialization ‘Work and Organizational Psychology’ focuses on human behavior in organizations and work situations. Some of the questions posed are: How can organizations attract competent and reliable employees? What role do organizational leaders play? How does one influence group and organizational processes? The programme offers courses that are grounded in... [+]

Best Masters in Social Sciences in Netherlands 2017/2018. The Master’s specialization ‘Work and Organizational Psychology’ focuses on human behavior in organizations and work situations. Some of the questions posed are: How can organizations attract competent and reliable employees? What role do organizational leaders play? How does one influence group and organizational processes? The programme offers courses that are grounded in both theory and practice, offering insight in the role of personality, social processes, leadership, and decision-making in organizations, and is taught by internationally renowned experts. STRUCTURE OF THE PROGRAMME In the first semester, students can choose five out of the following seven courses: Consumer Behavior and Economic Decision Making (6 EC) Leadership and Organization (6 EC) Social Processes and Organizational Change (6 EC) Work and Health (6 EC) Advanced Structural Models (6 EC) Personality at Work (6 EC) Elective (6 EC) In the second semester, students will write their Master thesis (16 EC) and conduct an internship (14 EC). YOUR FUTURE CAREER Students who have obtained a Master degree, specialization Work and Organizational Psychology often find employment in Human Resource Management departments of large companies. Typical jobs include personnel manager, trainer, assessor, or internal consultant. You can also end up as a coach or external consultant in a consultancy firm or as a recruiter or assessor in a recruitment agency. Work and Organizational Psychologists are also sought after in educational and research institutions, and may also end up in general management functions. [-]

Master in Psychology: Social Psychology (Specialization)

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam

Social psychology examines human interaction, and the influence of the social environment on cognition, emotion, motivation, and behavior. This Master’s specialization focuses on the question how basic social-psychological theories can be applied to solve societal problems, for instance in the context of health, the environment, communication, aggression, and charity. The programme specifically seeks to... [+]

Social psychology examines human interaction, and the influence of the social environment on cognition, emotion, motivation, and behavior. This Master’s specialization focuses on the question how basic social-psychological theories can be applied to solve societal problems, for instance in the context of health, the environment, communication, aggression, and charity. The programme specifically seeks to increase student’s knowledge of social psychology, and train them in (a) translating theory to a thorough analysis of social problems, and (b) developing scientifically grounded interventions. STRUCTURE OF THE PROGRAMME In the first semester, students take the following five mandatory courses: Advanced Structural Models [6 EC] Applying Theories to Societal Issues [6 EC] Negotiation [6 EC] Social processes in organisations [6 EC] Applied social psychology [6 EC] In the second semester, students will write their Master thesis (16 EC) and conduct an internship (14 EC). YOUR FUTURE CAREER Students with a Master degree, specialization in social psychology are versatile at the job market. They for instance find employment as coach, mediator, manager, or consultant. In addition, they often work as a policy advisor for a municipality or the government, or they find jobs in professional fields such as communication, education, or journalism. Social psychologists also often work as researchers, for instance at a university, a commercial research agency, or the research department of a governmental institution. [-]

Master in Social Psychology: Regulation of Social Behaviour (research)

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam

Become the best scientist and scholar that you can be! Our Master programme in Social Psychology takes a multidisciplinary approach to understanding fundamental social psychological processes. The underlying idea is that new insights regarding human behaviour can be understood more completely by incorporating evolutionary, cognitive, and social structural perspectives into the study of diverse... [+]

Best Masters in Social Sciences in Netherlands 2017/2018. Become the best scientist and scholar that you can be! Our Master programme in Social Psychology takes a multidisciplinary approach to understanding fundamental social psychological processes. The underlying idea is that new insights regarding human behaviour can be understood more completely by incorporating evolutionary, cognitive, and social structural perspectives into the study of diverse social and psychological phenomena. Including self processes, interpersonal relations, and intra- and inter-group phenomena. Social psychology is therefore an important factor in countless situations and settings. STRUCTURE OF THE PROGRAMME During the first year, courses focus on basic principles and advanced skills, including methods, statistics, and writing; you will also complete a group-based research project. The second year integrates this knowledge and places it in a broader, multidisciplinary context; you will complete two research projects and write a thesis as the culmination of your Master’s degree. Teaching takes place on a small scale in seminars, workshops, and individual mentorships. Our lecturers are internationally recognized in diverse fields. The programme features special facilities, including a dedicated research laboratory and a workstudy room, and has a truly international character: all teaching is in English, and more than half of our students come from outside the Netherlands. YOUR FUTURE CAREER As a social psychology graduate, you can work in college or university settings, in the private sector as a consultant, researcher, or manager, or in government and non-profit organizations, designing and evaluating policies and programmes in education, conflict resolution, environmental protection,... [-]