Sociology: Comparative Organisation and Labour Studies, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #55 (BCR) ,
The MSc in Comparative Organisation and Labour Studies covers the sociological and interdisciplinary understanding of employment relations, the organisation of work processes and the position of labour in the wider society.


The programme in Comparative Organisation and Labour Studies has two distinctive features: (i) a strong focus on comparative analysis of issues concerning labour and organisation; and (ii) a special emphasis on processes of integration and convergence in world markets of both employment relations and organisational policies.

The programme offers a sociological approach to the study of modern capitalism by investigating cross-national differences within the institutional framework of market economies. It contributes to an understanding of the changing world of labour market institutions ranging from work-place practice, across union-employer bargaining to national welfare states and European social policies. Such institutions are fundamental to the wealth, power and patterns of inequality in the global economy. The programme also explores the institutional, cultural, social, and historical determinants of economic behaviour by looking at issues such as the regulations and norms in the labour market, informal norms in firms, and the effect of institutional path dependency on social capital, trust and networks.

Programme Structure

  • First semester : The programme (60 ECTS) starts with a theory course in Sociological Perspectives and a Thematic Core Course which is specific to the track. In the second block students follow an elective preferably relevant to the topic of the thesis. The first semester ends with an intensive Winter School in methods. Various courses are offered in both quantitative and qualitative methodology.
  • Second semester: In the second semester, students start with an additional elective and a thesis seminar in which they will write their research proposal. The programme is concluded with a Master's thesis. With the consent of the track coordinator, students in this Master's track also have the possibility to follow electives at one of the partner universities of the MEST network and to use the exchange network to collect data for their thesis project.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    60 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

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    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.

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Academic Requirements

  • Applications will be carefully evaluated by the admissions committee. The committee determines whether or not all entry requirements as specified below are met.
  • Students with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology or in another closely related discipline (including economics and psychology) are invited to apply, provided they meet all other entry requirements.
  • International degrees are evaluated on the basis of advice from professional diploma evaluators. The minimum level of the degree should be equivalent to three years of Dutch university education.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    12000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12000 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    1906 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1906 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Amsterdam

  • 1000 - 1500 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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


Scholarships / Grants:

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