Sociology and Social Research, M.Sc. | Utrecht University | Utrecht, Netherlands
24 months
18332 EUR/year
2314 EUR/year
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In the Sociology and Social Research programme at Utrecht University, we will teach you to develop explanations for relevant social phenomena using state-of-the-art theory from Sociology, but also other disciplines such as Economics and Psychology. You will test these explanations using quantitative empirical research methods.

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Explore pressing societal issues

What glues a society together? How can trust and cooperation be promoted and conflict be avoided? What causes inequality in general and inequality between men and women in the job market in particular? Why do immigrants have higher unemployment rates and lower-paid jobs? 

In the Master’s Sociology and Social Research programme at Utrecht University , you will learn how to answer such questions.

Career Prospects

Job prospects are excellent

There is a need in society for well-trained researchers with extensive knowledge of social science theories and methodologies. This Master’s programme connects with current major social issues and prepares you for a career in research, whether in academia (PhD training), at research institutes, or governmental organisations. You will also be prepared for a non-scientific career path.

Academic Careers

As a graduate of this programme, you will be a highly trained researcher and well-qualified to work as a scientific researcher in the social sciences.


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

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Sociological Theory Construction and Model Building
  • Family and Social Inequality
  • Methods and Statistics: Regression Analysis and Its Generalizations
  • Research Practicum: Work-family Issues, Organizations, and Inequality
  • Social Networks - Theory and Empirics
  • Starting With Your Thesis - Literature Review

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

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120 ECTS


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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS
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Other requirements

General requirements

  • An academic Bachelor's degree in Social or Behavioural Sciences (for instance Interdisciplinary Social Science, Sociology, Cultural Anthropology and Psychology) Economics, Political Sciences/Public Administration, Geography or Business and Management Programmes. 
  • Students with another academic Bachelor’s degree and a thorough training in formal models and/or quantitative analysis such as students with an academic Bachelor’s degree in computer sciences or mathematics can be admitted.
  • A minimum average grade of 7.5 in the Dutch system or an international equivalent
  • Sufficient academic knowledge and skills in methods and statistics
  • Sufficient command of the English language
  • Motivation that fits the aim of this programme.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    18332 EUR/year
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    Based on the tuition of 18332 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2314 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2314 EUR per year during 24 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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