Sociology - Urban Sociology

University of Amsterdam

12 months
16335 EUR/year
2143 EUR/year
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The Sociology - Urban Sociology from University of Amsterdam provides its graduates with an in-depth, research-informed and theoretically driven understanding of urban society. 


What is urban about sneakers? Why is the city a refuge for queer people? How much does Instagram say about a city? What are the politics of building a mosque, a church and a Buddhist temple? What is participatory about the participatory design? 

Master Program in Sociology - Urban Sociology from University of Amsterdam is all about hands-on research into the topics that are most current in the contemporary thinking about urbanization. 

Being its part means studying the city as a space of innovation (for new ideas, fashion, music genres, lifestyles), a site of struggle and political mobilization, and a domain for policy interventions.

The Urban Sociology track offers a strong grounding in sociological thought and produces students who are able to:

  • Think critically on theoretical topics, through well-developed habits of questioning.
  • Conduct research in diverse social settings and places, bringing the first-hand experience of the urban society and its subsets, to the discussion table and decision-making agencies.
  • Speak with a variety of audiences and publics, on a variety of urban questions, in a variety of accessible-academic languages.
  • Imagine alternatives to the way things are now, especially having something to say about democracy, participation, and the creation of publics.
  • View the urban in a transnational, connected frame, understanding that there are more than just a few ways to be “urban.” 

Student profile

Urban sociology at the University of Amsterdam addresses the fundamentals of urban inequality, justice and politics through a close engagement with a diversity of publics: city residents and politicians, workers and entrepreneurs, bus drivers and drug users, and many more. Direct contact, observation, casual conversation and pre-arranged interviews, mental maps and auto-ethnography are some typical actions that our students take and skills they use when researching. The program combines the knowledge acquired in the classroom with its practical application during the research period and the internship work. It is intense and rigorous, and requires a good amount of independent work. Students are drawn from a variety of fields in social sciences, but are expected to have an experience of conducting a socio-scientific research. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Sociological Perspectives
  • Master's Thesis Seminar
  • Restricted-choice electives: Winter School Methods
  • Free-choice electives: Internship
  • Dynamics of International Migration and Immigrant Integration
  • Restricted-choice electives
  • Master's Thesis Sociology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed




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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
7 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
100 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Students with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology or in another closely related discipline (including economics and psychology) are invited to apply, provided they meet all other entry requirements.
  • International degrees are evaluated on the basis of advice from professional diploma evaluators. The minimum level of the degree should be equivalent to three years of Dutch university education.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    16335 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16335 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2143 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2143 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.


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