M.Sc. Sociology: Urban Sociology

  • On Campus
  • 12 months
  • EUR12000 Year (Non-EEA)
  • English (Find a course)
University of Amsterdam | Amsterdam, Netherlands
Urban Sociology provides you with the analytical tools to understand how conditions in urban environments affect the feelings, ideas, relations, and opportunities of their inhabitants.

Description of Sociology: Urban Sociology


Urban Sociology provides you with the analytical tools to understand how conditions in urban environments affect the feelings, ideas, relations, and opportunities of their inhabitants.

Urban Sociology posits that urban areas possess unique attributes (numbers, density, diversity, mobility) that shape all aspects of social life. These 'urban attributes' affect the thoughts and feelings of individuals, their relations to strangers, friends, and colleagues. You will also explore the ways in which institutions operate, and the kinds of economic opportunities available to individuals and groups operating in the city which are also affected by urban attributes.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline Start in 1 September: June (non-EEA: March).
Tuition fee
  • EUR 12000 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 1906 Year (EEA)
Start date September  2016
Credits (ECTS) 60 ECTS
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

This programme starts in September.

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 methodoloy. In the second semester, students start with a second elective and a thesis seminar in which they will write their research proposal. Throughout the academic year students are enrolled for a lecture series, preparing students for the labour market.

The programme is concluded with a Master's thesis (23 ECTS). Fulfilling the requirements should take one year of full-time study.

Students who need to complete a preparatory programme will require more time, the amount of which will depend on the extra requirements to be fulfilled.


The Master's thesis (23 ECTS) is a report on research that focuses on a topic in the field of Urban Sociology, in which theoretical insights and the analysis of empirical data are integrated. It is carried out by the students under the supervision of two faculty members. The subject of the thesis is to be mutually agreed upon by the student and the academic adviser. The thesis should be between 16,000 and 24,000 words.

Degree requirements

The Master of Science degree is awarded upon completion of 60 ECTS, including all required courses in the curriculum and a written Master's thesis, which is based on an independent research project.

Requirements for Sociology: Urban Sociology

Previous education: Students with a Bachelor's degree in Sociology or in another closely related discipline (including economics and psychology) are invited to apply, provided they meet all other entry requirements.

Additional subject: Students who have obtained a Bachelor's degree in Sociology can be admitted to the programme, provided that they have completed 6 ECTS in the field of urban sociology.

Language test: All students must be able to read textbooks, understand lectures, take part in classroom discussions and undertake written work in English. Applicants who are nationals of or who have obtained their Bachelor's degree in countries other than the United States, Australia, United Kingdom, Canada, Ireland or New Zealand are required to submit an English test score that meets specific requirements. Inability to do so will disqualify you from enrollment.

Grade list: All applicants are required to submit official transcripts of each higher education institute attended, listing all courses and examinations already completed and currently enrolled in, and grades and credits obtained.

Knowledge minimum: Applicants are expected to have a solid basis in the field of sociological theory (or the equivalent) of at least 30 ECTS, earned during previous education. Applicants should have a solid basis in both qualitative and quantitative social sciences research methodology as demonstrated by the completion of (the equivalent of) at least 30 ECTS during previous study.

Additional language requirements:

  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English: C1
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: C1
  • IELTS overall band: 6.5
  • IELTS listening: 6
  • IELTS reading: 6
  • IELTS writing: 6
  • IELTS speaking: 6
  • TOEFL paper based: 575
  • TOEFL computer based: 232
  • TOEFL internet based: 90

Work Experience for Sociology: Urban Sociology

No work experience is required.

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