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Highest scoring
Master's in Sociology
'Keuzegids Masters 2021'
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3 Tracks
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Special pre-Master's
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Social problems: how do they arise? And how do we tackle them?

What is the “right” amount of policing? Can we sustain our healthcare system with a shrinking, aeging population? Under which conditions is it acceptable to enact censorship on social media? These are the type of questions we will tackle in the Master's programme Sociology: Contemporary Social Problems.

While we will never be able to provide you with a definitive answer to any of these questions, we will help you build an academic and professional toolkit that will help you critically and skillfully tackle these questions in your future career as a sociologist. You will acquire this toolkit by following in-depth theory and policy courses in the first half of the programme and by conducting your thesis research within an organisation as part of your internship in the second half of the programme.

I found policy interesting, how people work together in an organisation, why we sometimes have difficulty making society function smoothly.

The experts of tomorrow

As society becomes more complex, the demand for experts continues to expand. In the one-year Master’s programme Sociology: Contemporary Social Problems, you will be trained to become an expert on one important social theme. You choose one contemporary issue in which you will specialise:

  • Criminology and Safety
  • Internet, Social Media and Networks
  • Essentials of Care

You will design your own track, in which you will delve deeper into contemporary social problems in your chosen field. You will learn about the core (policy) issues in your field of choice and will immerse yourself in state-of-the-art research in this field. The track is composed of two sociology courses and one social science elective. Upon completing the track you will be able to tackle social problems within your chosen field from a multidisciplinary perspective.

Learn to quickly and thoroughly delve into a contemporary social theme!

From theory to practice

In this programme, you will learn to translate theory into practice. While the first half of the programme focusses on providing you all the sociological tools you will need in order to tackle complex (policy) problems, during the second half of the programme you will be utilising these tools in a professional setting as part of your internship and graduation period. During your internship you will use scientific knowledge to research a concrete policy and provide advice for a company, an NGO, or a governmental institution. You will also convey your research results to a wider audience both in written and verbal form.

As a Master's student you will benefit from contact with our research staff and the exposure to the research done at the Sociology department. 

Labour market

There is a significant focus on your transition to the labour market. You will meet experts working for relevant organisations in the professional field. We will help you find an internship, so that you can gain practical work experience. The practical skills you acquire will be very useful during your internship and in your future career: you will learn more about conducting interviews, communications, time management and designing policy advice. 

The Master's taught me how to connect the world of facts, research and analysis with that of today's society - and also how difficult this can be sometimes.


Degree: This Master's programme is officially registered under its name in the Central Register of Higher Education Study Programmes
  • Title: MSc
  • Master's degree in: Sociologie
  • Programme: Sociology: Contemporary Social Problems
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1 year
Credits: 60 credits equals one year full-time study load (European Credit Transfer System, ECTS)
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Social and Behavioural Sciences
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Social and Behavioural Sciences