Study programme

Programme outline

 First semesterSecond semester

First year

  • Sociological Theory Construction and Model Building 7.5 EC
  • Family and Social Inequality 7.5 EC
  • Methods and Statistics 1: Regression
    Analysis and its Generalizations
    7.5 EC
  • Research Practical 1: Work-family issues, organizations and inequality 7.5 EC
  • Social Networks – Theory and Empirics 7.5 EC
  • Starting with your Thesis – Literature Review 7.5 EC
  • Methods and Statistics 2: Structural Equation Modelling and Multilevel Analysis 7.5 EC
  • Research Practical 2: Social Network Analysis 7.5 EC

Second year


  • Research Seminar 1: Building a Theory 7.5 EC
  • Research Seminar 2: Analysing, Reporting and Discussing your Findings 7.5 EC
  • Electives and Research Experience 22.5 EC
  • Master’s Thesis: a Publishable Article 22.5 EC

Below, you will find an overview of courses from the current academic year of this Master's. This overview is meant to give you an idea of what to expect. The course offer may change in the coming academic year.

In the first semester we started off with courses on sociological theory and methods & statistics. Then it was time to truly submerge ourselves: we went through an entire research cycle by writing a paper in only 4 weeks.

Year 1

You will spend a substantial part of your first year taking compulsory courses, studying relevant theories and methods and how to integrate them. The two Methodology and Statistics (M&S) courses are based on learning by doing: you will use advanced methods and statistical techniques, while taking the guidelines of academic integrity into account. 

The two research practicals will give you the opportunity to apply what you learned in the courses. You will perform empirical research addressing a theory-driven research question. You will be integrating methodological and theoretical knowledge acquired in the programme.

Year 2

In the second year, your MSc thesis is the central part of your curriculum. You can choose electives, to gain more in-depth knowledge of issues related to your thesis. You can also choose to do an internship, to gain relevant research and/or labour market experience. In the two research seminars you will present your results and discuss them with your fellow students and lecturers.

Master’s thesis

You will write your master’s thesis under individual supervision by a SaSR-lecturer. The master’s thesis will have the shape of a scientific article, which may be published in an international journal. A very sizeable number of our students’ theses are published, for instance in renowned journals like Social Forces, Social Networks, Journal of Marriage, and Family and European Union Politics.

Titles of Sociology and Social Research theses 2021:

  • Inequality of Opportunity? Using Twin Data to Disentangle the Influences of Family Background, Education and Genes on Labour Income
  • Social Distance Discounting, Altruism, and Cooperation in One-Shot Prisoner’s Dilemma
  • Broken up, yet bound up? Children’s post-divorce residence arrangements and parents’ residential mobility
  • Do you Destroy or Rebuild my Reputation? A Study on Ratings at Online Market Platforms
  • Do Streets Matter? How Street Characteristics and the Presence of Facilities Influence Crime in The Hague
  • The Role of School Context in Adolescents’ Muslim Population Size Perceptions
  • Best Friends and Bad Behaviors: Deviant Peers and Criminal Behavior During Adolescence

Theses titles from previous years:

  • The Effects of Religion on Women’s Labour Force Participation in Africa: A Country-Comparative Study
  • Media Exposure and Anti-immigrant Attitudes: A Study of Moderation by Contact with Immigrants Using Twitter Data
  • Better No Deal Than a Bad Deal
  • The Motherhood Wage Gap and Trade-offs between Family and Work: A Test of Compensating Wage Differentials
  • Compensatory Disadvantage in Secondary Education: Immigrant Children and the Relative Age Effect
  • Like My Mother Before Me: The Effect of Mother’s Position on her Children’s Status Attainment in the 19th Century and Early 20th Century