Social Problems: How Do They Arise? And How Do You Solve Them?
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?
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
Theory and practice
In the Sociology - Contemporary Social Problems programme at 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.
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.
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- Criminology and Safety: Theories, Trends, and Policies
- Sociology Track Elective Course
- Academic Professional
- Policy Research and Advice
- Organisations Theory and Research
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- 12 months
Start dates & application deadlines
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DisciplinesSocial Work Ethnic Studies Sociology View 60 other Masters in Sociology in Netherlands
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We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- An academic Bachelor’s degree. Our International Students Admission’s office will verify whether a non-Dutch academic degree is equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree at a Dutch research university. All international Bachelor’s degrees are evaluated based on standards set by the NUFFIC.
- 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.
- Sufficient command of the English language
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International17280 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 17280 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
EU/EEA2168 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 2168 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.