M.Sc. Social Sciences (research MSc)

University of Amsterdam

Application deadline: Start in 1 September: March (non-EEA: March).
Tuition fee:
  • € 1,906 / Year (EEA)
  • € 12,000 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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This programme offers advanced training in current social science theory and innovative methodologies in a rigorous and multidisciplinary social science research environment.

The Research Master Social Sciences offers advanced training in contemporary social science research. The programme combines advanced social theory with innovative methodologies in a rigorous and multidisciplinary social science research environment. Students specialise in one of five fields of research: Institutions and inequality, Healthcare and the body, Comparative politics, Globalisation, flows and localities, and Migration and integration. The RMSS programme focuses extensively on state-of-the-art research skills in line with the chosen field of research. Students choose between three research methods tracks: empirical-analytical, interpretative, and mixed. All tracks offer a wide range of advanced research methods courses. An internship allows students to become actively involved in ongoing research projects. The final thesis takes the shape of a manuscript that can be directly submitted to an international peer-reviewed journal.


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.

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.


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. The programme is intended for students who have an active interest in research and wish to pursue a career in research. For more information on application and admission procedures, please visit our website.

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.

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. For more information, please visit our website.

Additional subject: Applicants are expected to have a solid basis in social sciences research methodology of at least 30 ECTS credits earned during previous study.

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

Knowledge minimum: Applicants are expected to have a solid basis in the field of urban studies of at least (an equivalent of) 30 ECTS credits earned during previous study.

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.

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: 570
* TOEFL computer based: 232
* TOEFL internet based: 90

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

60 (Grade B2)
TOEFL paper-based test score : 570
TOEFL iBT® test: 90



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