Social Sciences (research MSc), M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • Tuition Fee
    12000 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
    1906 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
University rank #59 (WUR) ,
The Research Master Social Sciences combines advanced social theory with innovative methodologies in a rigorous and multidisciplinary social science research environment.

About

The Research Master Social Sciences combines advanced social theory with innovative methodologies in a rigorous and multidisciplinary social science research environment.

Are you interested in social scientific research and do you want to pursue a career in an academic research environment? The Research Master's in Social Sciences (RMSS) is designed for excellent students with an interest in research from various social scientific perspectives. With an extensive focus on advanced quantitative and qualitative research skills, the RMSS prepares students for an academic career in which they carry out high quality scientific research independently. You will specialise in one of five fields of research: * Institutions, inequality and life courses, * Anthropology of health care and the body, * Comparative international politics, * Globalisation, flows and localities, * or Migration and integration. During the programme, you will choose between three research methods tracks: empirical-analytical, interpretative, and mixed.

Accreditation

Accredited by: NVAO in: Netherlands

Programme Structure

This two-year programme starts in September. It consists of

  • 10 ECTS in required courses
  • 30 ECTS in electives from the thematic specialisation
  • 50 ECTS in the field of research methodology (including a research-oriented internship)
  • and an independent research project resulting in a manuscript or academic article, to be submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed academic journal (30 ECTS, thus totalling 120 ECTS credits).

The curriculum might be slightly changed from year to year. Fulfilment of all the requirements should take two years of full-time study.

Thesis

The Master's thesis is based on individual research by the student and will be published in the form of a manuscript for an academic article, to be submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed academic journal. The research topic is to be mutually agreed upon by the student, the supervisor and the programme director. The research proposal and the manuscript will be read by a second supervisor/co-examiner. The article should be no more than 10,000 words, including references.

Degree requirements

The MSc in Social Sciences is awarded upon completion of 120 ECTS credits, including all required courses in the curriculum and a written Master's thesis, which is based on an independent research project.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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.

    Take IELTS test
  • 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 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. Experience with the following research methods skills is required: * Make a solid research design * Understand advantages and disadvantages of different research methods and a mixed methods approach * Develop and apply a (simple) survey * Interpret the results of a survey with a statistical package * Be able to do statistical analysis, preferably with SPSS or similar software programme * Conduct an interview * Analyse the results of an interview Promising candidates with slightly less than 30 ECTS of social sciences research methodology may be admitted provided that they complete an intensive research methodology module (four weeks) offered by the Graduate School of Social Sciences. Please note that this is up to the admissions committee to decide.

Grade average: The programme seeks students with excellent academic records and who are able to handle heavy course loads. Study results obtained in previous education should demonstrate that a student is able to attain and maintain an excellent level, especially in the fields of social sciences and research methodology. Undergraduate studies should be completed with an overall grade average of at least a B+/A- /3.5 (American system), first class Honours degree (British system), B (ECTS system), 7.5 (Dutch system) or equivalent.

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 social studies of at least (an equivalent of) 30 ECTS credits earned during previous study.

Language test: All non-native speakers of English (including Dutch students) applying to one of the English-taught programmes offered by the Graduate School of Social Sciences, are required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. 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 prevent enrollment.

Previous education: The Research Master's Programme in Social Sciences seeks students with an academic Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in the fields of political science, sociology, anthropology or another closely related social sciences discipline.

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

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

  • International

    12000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1906 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1906 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.

Living costs for Amsterdam

1,000 - 1,500 EUR/month
Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

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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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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Jean Monnet Scholarship Programme, which has been implemented for 20 years and aims to support Turkey's administrative capacity building efforts for the effective implementation of the EU acquis, is the most prestigious scholarship programme in Turkey.
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