• Application Deadline
  • 12 months
You design your own track in the Sociology: Contemporary Social Problems programme offered by Utrecht University, in which you quickly and rigorously immerse yourself in your specialisation. You will learn about the state-of-the-art in current scholarship. You will become an expert, trained in multidisciplinary thinking. 


The radicalisation of Muslim youth is continually in the news and high on the political agenda. What has scientific research revealed about the causes and background of this issue? How should the government and societal actors handle this trend and which policy is effective? An ageing population leads to increasing healthcare costs. How should care for the elderly be structured in order to make it personal and affordable again? The virtual and physical world are increasingly merging. What role does the internet play in shaping political and social movements' ability to self-organise?

Theory and practice

In the Sociology: Contemporary Social Problems programme offered by Utrecht University, you will learn to translate theory into practice, by using scientific knowledge to design effective concrete (policy) advice for companies or governmental organisations. You will also learn to present research results to a wider audience.

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. 


This Master’s  programma prepares you for a career as an academic professional in different workfields:

  • Education, Culture & Urban Regeneration
  • Ministries, Municipalties & Government
  • Healthcare, Welfare & Youth Welfare
  • Research, Marketing
  • Journalism & Media
  • Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO’s)
  • International Organisations
  • Social Enterpreneurs
Graduates are working in positions in the private , semi-public op pubilc sector such as:
  • Consultant at Berenschot
  • Editor at NOS News
  • Researcher at the Social and Cultural Planning Office
  • Trainee with the Dutch Government
  • Political party staff member
  • Researcher at the Education Inspectorate
  • Public affairs staff member at Zorgverzekeraars Nederland, the Association of Dutch Healthcare Insurers
  • Data consultant at Ynformed


Accredited by the NVAO - Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Criminology and Safety: Theories, Trends, and Policies
  • Sociology Track Elective Course
  • Academic Professional
  • Policy Research and Advice
  • Organisations Theory and Research

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: If you need an early admissions decision in order to apply for scholarships, you should submit your application before February 1
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    60 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

  • You meet the entry requirements if you have a Bachelor’s degree from a non-Dutch university within in the social sciences that is comparable to a Dutch Bachelor’s degree in terms of level, orientation and scope in terms of demonstrable knowledge of social science theories, contemporary social problems and research methods and statistics.
  • Our Admissions Office will determine whether a non-Dutch academic degree is equivalent to a 3-year Bachelor’s degree at a Dutch research university.
  • If your degree is assessed as less than equivalent to a 3-year Dutch research university degree, or as a bachelor from a university of applied sciences, you are most likely not eligible for admission.  

Tuition Fee

  • International

    16596 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16600 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2088 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2083 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Utrecht

  • 900 - 1450 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Utrecht University, the Dutch Government and other organisations offer scholarships, fellowships and grants. Below is a list of the scholarships that are most often used by international students studying in Utrecht. Note that the scholarship options for programmes starting in February are limited.

  • Utrecht Excellence Scholarships
  • Bright Minds Fellowships
  • Holland Scholarship
  • Orange Tulip Scholarship - for Chinese students only
  • Utrecht Sylff Scholarships - for outstanding graduates from University College Utrecht and Economics and Business Economics (UU)
  • Student grant and loan system
  • Tuition fee loan
  • Erasmus+ Master loans
  • Canadian student loans
  • US Federal Loans

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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