Politics, Policy, and Societal Development (GMSI), M.Sc. | Tilburg University | Tilburg, Netherlands
12 months
15100 EUR/year
2253 EUR/year
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Address global societal challenges such as poverty, migration, climate change, or humanitarian interventions from a societal, policy and political perspective. In this track of Sociology, you will get a macro-level perspective on sustainable development and you will understand the triggers of it, based on the theories and methods pertinent to the specialization Global Management of Social Issues.

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Become an expert in sustainable development within an international context by addressing global societal challenges, such as poverty, migration, climate change, or humanitarian interventions after a natural disaster from a sociological perspective. You will focus on social policy and social risks, and cross-country analyses of politics and societies.

Career prospects

You are prepared to lead and participate in change- and innovation-oriented projects aiming to tackle societal challenges. In this program, you learn to combine disciplines to address complex societal challenges from a cross-cultural and international comparative perspective. With this knowledge, you can think beyond country borders and the limits of one area of expertise. These skills are in great demand within companies, organizations and projects operating in international environments.

Some examples of our graduates' jobs:
  • Consultant in an international organization, connecting people in order to create the most competent team to solve complex problems.
  • Fundraiser finding solutions for poverty, or helping with introducing sustainable practices in supply chains.
  • Project manager making projects run smoothly to produce the best possible results.

Recent placements include:

  • Management Trainee at Alliander
  • Junior Policy Advisor & Researcher at ARQ Knowledge Center
  • Tester and Licensing Authority Environment at Bender Group
  • Assistant Brand Manager at Yapi Kredi

Programme Structure

During this socially-, research-, and policy oriented Master's program, you examine and discuss how organizations may address sustainable development goals by designing sustainable business models. 

Program structure:

This one-year Master's program consists of 60 credits (ECTS):

  • 3 track specific courses
  • 3 Sociology courses

The two courses Social Changers and Sustainable Development and Hybrid Organizations are specific GMSI specialization courses. The Master's thesis is focused on one or more Sustainable Development Goals (United Nations).

Courses include:

  • Social Changes and Sustainable Development
  • Master Seminar: From Theory to Research
  • Social Policy and Social Risks
  • Hybrid Organizations
  • Politics and Society in a Comparative Perspective
  • OR Health and Policy

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

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Academic requirements

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

English requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor’s and/or a master's degree in social sciences e.g. Sociology.
  • Sufficiently conversant in the social sciences e.g. knowledge of and practice in the application of (key) questions of sociology and of classical and modern sociological theories; basic knowledge of other social sciences e.g. psychology and economics;
  • Adequate knowledge of social science statistics and research methods.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15100 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15100 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2253 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2253 EUR per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Tilburg

700 - 1100 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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