This master is in Dutch

VU Amsterdam

Participation of citizens is an increasingly important issue in government policy. Everyone must be able to participate. In paid work, but also in voluntary work and care, associations and interest groups, political organizations or education. That does not always happen. In the one-year Master's degree program in Sociology (full-time) you learn what (groups of) people impede to participate in society, what role their background plays in this and how to do something about it. You also learn how social changes influence the importance that a society attaches to the participation of all kinds of groups.


At the heart of the Master's degree in Sociology is the connection with society and your future field of work. The research topic of your master's thesis is therefore a concrete question from an organization or group in society that has to deal with questions about participation. During the first half year you prepare your thesis in small groups. You keep in touch with your client throughout the year. After completing the Master's degree in Sociology, you can start working in areas of culture, education and social services. After completing this master you can also continue in the research.


In the Master's degree in Sociology you also practice a number of professional skills. For example, you have to make contact and maintain yourself with your client and organize your own thesis track. In the first semester you have about twelve contact hours, spread over the entire week. You spend the rest of the time (± 28 hours) on self-study. In the second semester, you write your master's thesis independently. Your teachers monitor the process and provide substantive knowledge where necessary.


During your master you can be eligible for a Student-Fellowship. You will gain experience in education and research during this Student-Fellowship.


This course is accredited by NVAO. When you have completed the program, you are a Master of Science (MSc), an internationally recognized title.


Master's duration: 1 year

Number of students: 25

Quantitative / qualitative: Both

Internship / thesis: Thesis