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M.Sc. On Campus

Sociology - Contemporary Social Problems

Utrecht University

12 months
17500 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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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 Sociology - Contemporary Social Problems programme at Utrecht University.

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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.

Career Prospects

This Sociology - Contemporary Social Problems  programme at Utrecht University 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


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

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Criminology and Safety: Theories, Trends, and Policies
  • Sociology Track Elective Course
  • Track Elective Course Other Discipline
  • Academic Professional Csp
  • Internet Social Media And Networks
  • Sociology Track Elective Course

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Please note that the application deadline for students with an EU/EEA or Swiss nationality may be extended to 1 June.




On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • 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

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    17500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 17500 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2209 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2209 EUR per year during 12 months.

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.


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