M.Sc. Sociology: Gender, Sexuality and Society

  • On Campus
  • 12 months
  • EUR12000 Year (Non-EEA)
  • English (Find a course)
University of Amsterdam | Amsterdam, Netherlands
Gender, Sexuality and Society offers students the opportunity to enhance their understanding of gender and sexual differences between groups and persons in an era of globalisation and migration.

Description of Sociology: Gender, Sexuality and Society


Gender, Sexuality and Society offers students the opportunity to enhance their understanding of gender and sexual differences between groups and persons in an era of globalisation and migration.

It is generally accepted that differences between rich and poor, young and old, between skin colours, or between Christians and Muslims are undeniable factors in people's lives. Functioning as a woman or a man, with particular sexual orientations, holds comparable significance. Gender, Sexuality and Society is devoted to enhance our understanding of the differences among groups of women and groups of men, as well as between women and men. In an era of globalisation and transnational migration we see that new sexual acts and practices emerge within the fragmenting cultural landscapes of gender, sex, class and nationality. This means that distinctions among and between women and men are always grounded in identities, access to political power, and processes of exclusion and inclusion. This programme offers a systematic attempt to address structurally embedded prescriptions concerning gender relations and sexual behavior that are on a par with other analytical variables such as class, ethnicity, religion, age, or political views.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline Start in 1 September: March (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. The students furthermore 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 Gender, Sexuality and Society, in which theoretical insights and the analysis of empirical data are integrated. It is carried out by the students under the supervision of one faculty member. 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: Gender, Sexuality and Society

Previous education: 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 gender and/or sexuality. Students with an academic Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in a social sciences discipline closely related to the programme (including economics and psychology) are invited to apply, provided that they meet the entry requirements as specified.

Additional subject: Applicants should have a solid basis in both qualitative and quantitative social sciences research methodology reflected by the completion of at least (an equivalent of) 30 ECTS during previous study. Promising candidates with slightly less background in social sciences research methodology may be admitted provided that they complete an intensive research methodology module (in the four weeks prior to the Master's programme) offered by the Graduate School of Social Sciences. Please note that this is up to the admissions committee to decide.

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.

Written request: All applicants are required to submit a statement of motivation.

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 an equivalent) of 30 ECTS at least, earned during previous education. 6 ECTS of sociological theory is expected to be taken in the field of gender and sexuality.

Work Experience for Sociology: Gender, Sexuality and Society

No work experience is required.

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