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Language of education
English (100%)
12 months
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Type of institution
Research University

Program description

The Master’s program in Sociology offers several options for students with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology or those who have completed a pre-Master’s program in Sociology at Tilburg University education to learn new knowledge and skills.

Master Program in Sociology

The Master in Sociology is a one-year, English-taught program containing 60 ECTS credits. The program focuses on the sociological analysis of problems of social cohesion in contemporary Western societies, from both a micro perspective (family, social networks, crime) and from a macro perspective (welfare state, solidarity). Questions dealt with include:

What are people’s attitudes about welfare rights for minority groups in society, such as immigrants, and what factors can explain these attitudes?

  • Does a country’s social security system effect solidarity with one’s fellow citizens?
  • Do people increasingly act individually, and does the existence of and involvement in social media compensate for this?
  • How can we explain the growth of political cynicism?
  • What social groups are more involved in crime?
  • Are certain social groups more involved in crime than others?

The Master’s program has a theoretical and empirical research focus. This means that social problems and issues are translated into sociological research questions, which are then analyzed using sociological theories, models, advanced research methods and statistical techniques. In addition to this, students will then learn how policy solutions can be derived from the results of this sociological analysis, and to evaluate the implementation of these solutions.

The broad and in-depth knowledge acquired during your Sociology studies will enable you to make a substantial contribution to the analysis and solution of today's social problems.

Extended Master Sociology

The Extended Master in Sociology (EMS) is a Master’s program lasting 18 months (90 ECTS), divided into three semesters. During the first semester, EMS students will do the course work of the regularone-year Master in Sociology at Tilburg University. During semesters two and three, students will follow a junior traineeship at a selected organization for 50% of their time, during which they will participate in existing (research) projects; for the other 50% of the time students will carry out research for - and write - the Master Thesis.

The Extended Master in Sociology combines academic education and scientific research during the Master's thesis trajectory with in-depth work experience in an organization in a way that is not possible in the one-year Master's program. ?The goal of the EMS is to provide students with relevant work experience and to enhance their research skills and knowledge. From the students’ point of view, the EMS aims to:

  • familiarize students with areas in which they may later work as a sociologist;
  • provide students with the experience of working in an organization and thereby clarify the image students have of the occupational life of a sociologist;
  • stimulate the development of social skills needed in occupational practice;
  • develop familiarity with the labor market;
  • support the transition from an academic program into a professional career (the traineeship may function in part as a possible recruitement method for an organization;
  • enhance the students’ research skills, giving hands-on experience in e.g.data collection, (co-)writing, initiating and organizing a research project;
  • provide the opportunity to apply sociological theories to practical problems and test the results;
  • provide an empirical basis for writing the Master thesis;
  • broaden the themes and issues studied by sociology students;
  • enhance skills in policy analysis and policy advice;
  • give students the possibility to reflect on - and write-up - their traineeship’s learning goals and experiences.

Double Degree Program Tilburg and Trento

Have you decided to continue your education after your Bachelor’s degree with a Master’s degree in Sociology? Are you looking for a unique experience abroad to prepare yourself for a career in an international organization? Do you want to challenge yourself academically and distinguish yourself from your fellow students? Then we have the challenge for you! We have a unique, English-taught double degree program with the University of Trento in Italy.

This double degree program in Sociology is a two-year Master program (for 120 ECTS) resulting in two academic Master titles, one in Sociology from Tilburg University and one in Sociology and Social Research from the University of Trento. Students spend semester 1 in Tilburg, semesters 2 and 3 in Trento, and semester 4 (including writing the Master’s thesis) in Tilburg. The educational program in Trento focuses on political research, social policy and qualitative research.

Premaster Program Sociology

This Premaster’s program is a one-year program of study (60 ECTS) aimed at improving your knowledge and skill level within the field of Sociology. Courses followed include specific areas within the field, as well as courses in statistics and research methodology. In general:

  • 30 ECTS will be earned in courses specifically related to sociology (including academic skills)
  • 18 ECTS will be earned in statistics and research methodology courses
  • 12 ECTS will be earned in research lab courses

Applicants will be accepted onto the Premaster program if either the level of their previous academic program does not meet the required level to enter the Master program directly (for example, a Bachelor’s degree from a University of Applied Science or equivalent), or if the academic content of the previous academic program does not match the requirements for direct entry into the Master program.

On successful completion of this program (60 ECTS), you will automatically be accepted onto the Master program Sociology for the following academic year. International applicants will be informed in the acceptance letter as to whether you have been accepted onto the Premaster or Master program.

Sociology Related Programs

Besides the MSc Sociology, Tilburg University offers several other Social Sciences related masters such as the MSc Social Psychology

See which other programs are related to the Master Sociology

Sociology Scholarships

Students who would like to register for the Master Sociology will need to have sufficient funds for tuition and living expenses. Getting a scholarship could be the first step towards obtaining a top MSc degree at Tilburg University.

See which scholarships you can apply for if you want to do the Sociology program

About Tilburg University

At Tilburg University, our mission is to inspire students and faculty members to reach their full potential, and in doing so, reap a positive impact on the society around them. Our education and research is internationally inspired and is ground breaking. Tilburg is represented among the top institutes in the international university rankings.

Tilburg University educational programs instil a broad social awareness in our students along with critical personal and professional skills. Learning and development are offered at all career levels. Research endeavours aim to advance the frontiers of knowledge on issues and subjects of direct value to society – and are actively disseminated and applied within the community with this objective in mind. We play an active part in the local community and that of the region, the Netherlands and the entire world, maintaining close contact at all levels.

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