Why in Utrecht

High ratings


In the renowned 'Keuzegids Masters 2021', Sociology and Social Research received the highest score of all research masters in the field of Sociology in the Netherlands.

The programme got an above-average assessment for the components: examenation and facilities. For the component scientific training, the Master's even received a high above-average score. 


Our Master’s programme Sociology and Social Research is assessed as ‘Good’ (highest qualification awarded) by The Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders, NVAO in their last evaluation (December 2015). The NVAO is tasked by the Dutch and Flemish governments as an independent accreditation organisation for an expert and objective assessment of the quality of higher education in the Netherlands and Flanders. Accreditation happens every six years.

Sociology and Social Research is offered by a research group of excellent quality, at the top of the discipline in the Netherlands and around the world.

Renowned lecturers and researchers

Your lecturers will include staff members with strong international reputations from Utrecht University’s Department of Sociology and the Centre for Social Science Theory and Methodology (ICS).

Diverse teaching methods 

As a Sociology and Social Research graduate, you will have the knowledge and tools to embark on a career that requires strong research skills. On top of the regular courses, the programme uses diverse teaching methods to help you become a skilled researcher:

  • You will take a one-week masterclass with international experts, who will present their research and comment on your work. 
  • At the beginning of your second year, you will organise a mini-conference. You will present a literature review that forms the basis of your Master's thesis.
  • You will have the opportunity to participate in a summer school or do an internship in an institute outside Utrecht University during the elective portion of your programme. This will help you broaden your knowledge of theory and methodology and the practice of research. It also offers you the opportunity to make contacts for future positions in the labour market.

High student satisfaction

You will enjoy personalised supervision from your easily approachable lecturers and supervisors, and work closely with small groups of fellow students. Experience shows that you will build a network and maintain close contacts with your fellow students, lecturers, and supervisors after graduation.

The teachers take great care when it comes to explaining concepts and methods. They always welcome questions or discussions and are easy to approach when students need help.
Christoph Spörlein
World-class university
Vlag Universiteit Utrecht wappert bij het Academiegebouw.
Academy Building Utrecht University

Choosing Utrecht University means choosing one of the best universities in the country. Several renowned international rankings place Utrecht University among the 100 best universities in the world. The teaching environment at Utrecht University is international: half of the Utrecht Masters' programmes are taught in English. The existing and former academic staff of Utrecht University include twelve Nobel Prize laureates: G. ‘t Hooft, M.J.G. Veltman, P.J. Crutzen, N. Bloembergen, T.C. Koopmans, L.S. Ruzicka, P. Debye, C. Eijkman, R.Magnus, W. Einthoven, W.C. Röntgen and J.H. van ‘t Hoff.

A lively, bustling student city
Utrecht's canals by night
Utrecht's canals by night

Utrecht is a city of unparalleled vitality in the middle of the Netherlands. A medieval city centre small enough to explore on foot, yet large enough to host world-class festivals, fashionable shops, modern architecture and fascinating museums. You will find lots of friendly outdoor cafés and restaurants. It is only thirty minutes from Schiphol airport and all of the Netherlands is just a short journey away.

Lonely Planet says Utrecht is "hard not to fall in love with. A vibrant university city, the compact medieval core radiates out from the iconic 15th-century Domtoren, ringed by a loop of very pretty tree-lined canals." 

CNN lists Utrecht as one of the world's best cycling cities.

The Guardian tips Utrecht as "the laidback alternative to Amsterdam".