Sociology - Comparative Organisation and Labour Studies

University of Amsterdam

12 months
16335 EUR/year
2143 EUR/year
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The MSc in Sociology - Comparative Organisation and Labour Studies from University of Amsterdam covers the sociological and interdisciplinary understanding of employment relations, the organisation of work processes and the position of labour in the wider society. 


The MSc in Sociology - Comparative Organisation and Labour Studies from University of Amsterdam has two distinctive features: 

  • a strong focus on comparative analysis of issues concerning labour and organisation; and 
  • a special emphasis on processes of integration and convergence in world markets of both employment relations and organisational policies.

The programme culminates in you developing your own thesis research, closely mentored and guided by a supervisor with expertise in the particular area of investigation. Staff members of the Sociology department share their expertise in innovative sociological research. 

The scholars involved in teaching the programme are affiliated with the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) and Cultural Sociology of the Amsterdam Institute of Social Science Research (AISSR). 

The programme

The programme offers a sociological approach to the study of modern capitalism by investigating cross-national differences within the institutional framework of market economies. It contributes to an understanding of the changing world of labour market institutions ranging from work-place practice, across union-employer bargaining to national welfare states and European social policies. Such institutions are fundamental to the wealth, power and patterns of inequality in the global economy. The programme also explores the institutional, cultural, social, and historical determinants of economic behaviour by looking at issues such as the regulations and norms in the labour market, informal norms in firms, and the effect of institutional path dependency on social capital, trust and networks.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Sociological Perspectives
  • Master's Thesis Seminar
  • Restricted-choice electives: Winter School Methods
  • Free-choice electives: Internship
  • The Transformation of Labour, Work and Employment in a Comparative
  • Perspective
  • Restricted-choice electives
  • Master's Thesis Sociology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed




On Campus

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.
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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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