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.
This two-year programme starts in September. It consists of
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.
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. 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.
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.
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 social 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.
No work experience is required.
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