M.Sc. Sociology and Social Research

  • On Campus
  • 24 months
  • EUR15000 per Year (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

    EUR10124 per Year (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

  • English ( Take IELTS test or Find a course )
| Utrecht, Netherlands
How do social networks emerge and develop? How do they affect social capital, trust, and cooperation? What causes inequalities between men and women in the job market? Why do immigrants have higher unemployment rates and lower-paid jobs? In the Sociology and Social Research programme at Utrecht University, you will learn to develop testable explanations of important social phenomena using state-of-the-art social theory, empirical research, and data analysis.
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Problem-driven research on social cohesion and inequality

As a student on this Master, you will deal with major sociological research questions related to social cohesion (solidarity) and inequality. Addressing these questions requires us to adopt an interdisciplinary approach. This programme is closely related to the research programme of the Department of Sociology, and is embedded in the Interuniversity Centre for Social Science Theory and Methodology (ICS).

Multiple high ratings

The programme Sociology and Social Research at Utrecht University is recognised as a high quality programme and has been awarded several high ratings by different organisations in the Netherlands.

International orientation and individual development

The programme’s international character offers you global perspectives on sociology topics as well as a broad range of research opportunities. About 40% of our students come from abroad, famous international experts teach masterclasses, and you will have the opportunity to follow courses abroad. You will also have the opportunity to make choices that fit your goals, such as choosing to do an internship and writing your thesis at other institutions or research groups in the Netherlands or abroad.

Programme objective

In this two-year Master’s programme, you will learn to operate as a highly qualified social science researcher with a clear focus on social cohesion and inequality. You will also learn to integrate sociological theory and empirical research by means of state-of-the-art statistical analyses. Your studies will fully equip you to become a PhD candidate.

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Tuition fee
  • EUR15000 per year ( International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

  • EUR10124 per year ( EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

  • Statutory fee - fulltime: € 1,984
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

Courses include:
  • Sociological theory construction and model building
  • Family and social inequality
  • Methods and statistics 1: regression analysis and its generalizations (compulsory)
  • Research practical 1: time competition in families and organizations (compulsory)
  • Social networks - theory and empirics
  • Starting with your thesis - literature review
  • Methods and statistics 2: structural equation modelling and multilevel analysis (compulsory)
  • Research practical 2: social network analysis (compulsory)

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English Language Requirements

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  • Your passport copy
  • A scan of your original diploma
  • a completed and stamped ‘Proof of Anticipated Degree’ Form
  • A scan of your orignal transcript
  • Official translations of your diploma and transcript (if documents are not in Dutch, English, French, German or Spanish)
  • Proof of your proficiency in English
  • Your curriculum vitae
  • Your motivation letter
  • Two reference letters

International students should consider taking a Pre-Master to gain access to universities in Netherlands when:

  • You are considered ineligible for admission
  • You need to improve your academic, study, research or language skills
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Utrecht University

Utrecht, Netherlands

Netherlands Founded in 1636, Utrecht University is an esteemed international research university, consistently positioned in the top 15 in continental Europe and the worldwide top 100 of international rankings. The university is located in the city of Utrecht, one of the most beautiful and safest cities in Northern Europe. Joining Utrecht University as a master’s student on one of our 86 English-language Master’s programmes will make you part of an innovative and internationally oriented academic community engaged in cutting-edge and multidisciplinary teaching and research.

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