Sociology: Urban Sociology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    14700
    Tuition (Year)
    1984
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
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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.
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About

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.

For the first time in history, the majority of humanity lives in cities. The world has become urban. However, what does it mean in terms of individual and group opportunities, life-course development, inter-group contact and collaboration, and ecological impact? What new ideas, trends and movements contemporary cities give rise to? How does the urban 'explosion' change other arrangements we call 'nation-states' and 'world-regions'? Urban Sociology at UvA provides you with the research skills and analytical tools to answer these questions. Urban Sociology begins with the premise that cities possess unique attributes –numbers, density, diversity, mobility. There are spaces of comforting anonymity, but also destabilizing strangeness. Their public spaces offer a fascinating 'people watching' and convivality, but they also are laden with conflict and turf wars. Urban Sociology at UvA has been at the forefront of understanding these contradictory, 'messy' dynamics of the urban public life. Another strong focus of Urban Sociology is urban culture understood as both, life styles and cultural institutions. Meeting grounds of subcultures, migration flows from different countries and contine

Accreditation

Accredited by: NVAO in: Netherlands

Programme Structure

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.

Thesis

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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    60 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B2): 60

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score: 600

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score: 95

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Additional subject: 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. At least (an equivalent of) 6 ECTS credits of sociological theory is expected to be taken in the field of urban sociology.

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 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.

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.

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 language requirements:

  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English: C1
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: C1
  • IELTS overall band: 7
  • IELTS listening: 6.5
  • IELTS reading: 6.5
  • IELTS writing: 6.5
  • IELTS speaking: 6.5
  • TOEFL paper based: 600
  • TOEFL internet based: 95

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 14700 International
  • EUR 1984 EU/EEA

Funding

Scholarships / Grants:

The University of Amsterdam:
The University of Amsterdam provides a limited number of full and partial scholarships for excellent students from outside the European Economic Area. The Amsterdam Merit Scholarships have specifically been designed to offer talented, ambitious and dedicated students the opportunity to pursue a Mast
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Students from Columbia can apply for this scholarship through their website.
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Neso Indonesia:
StuNed Scholarships for Master studies, short courses and customized training programmes are available for Indonesian professionals with at least two years work experience in a development-related organization.
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U.S. Department of Education:
Loans are no longer being made under this program. All new loans will be made under the Direct Loan program.
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Fulbright/NAF:
The Fulbright Center is a bi-national, non-profit organization established by international agreement between the United States of America and the Kingdom of The Netherlands. It promotes educational co-operation and provides information on study, research and internships in the United States.
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Nuffic:
Following a decision by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, the Dutch cabinet called for the termination of the Nuffic-run HSP and Libertas Support Fund as from 01-01-2012. This has no consequences for students currently receiving a scholarship or for the current application round.
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:
The University of Amsterdam provides a limited number of full and partial scholarships for excellent students from outside the European Economic Area. The Amsterdam Merit Scholarships have specifically been designed to offer talented, ambitious and dedicated students the opportunity to pursue a Mast
For additional information: Website

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