24 months
16000 EUR/year
2168 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The Research Master's programme Social and Cultural Science (Research) at Radboud University is a two-year international programme that provides you with the research skills to pursue a career in comparative sociental research; in academia or public institutions. Our key research themes are inequality, cohesion and cultural diversity.

Visit the official programme website for more information


Programme overview

The Master's programme in Social and Cultural Science takes a multidisciplinary and multi-method approach to understanding key contemporary social issues, such as inequality, cohesion and cultural diversity.

You will benefit from working with a small group of highly motivated international students in courses designed for students enrolled in this programme. Every student receives personal guidance and supervision towards their own research project.

What will you learn?

  • Understand the theoretical background to current social issues
  • Gain the skills to translate social problems into research questions and conduct high quality comparative cultural research

  • Get experience translating your skills and knowledge of theory and method to produce and communicate research findings

  • Synthesise theories and methods across different disciplines, including sociology, anthropology, development studies, political science, and communication science

Career prospects

A large majority of our graduates gain PhD and other research positions.

Graduates from this programme could find jobs in a variety of different fields, almost all of our graduates find work shortly after graduation

Job positions

  • Scientific or academic research

  • Societal researcher in policy institutes or government organisations  

  • Consultant or advisor for firms or other organisations

  • Policymaker

  • Journalist

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Comparative Social Questions
  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Advanced Regression Analysis
  • Comparative Methodology
  • Comparative Research Project
  • Cultural Diversity, Markets and Equality
  • Diversities in Organisations

  • Radicalisation

  • Comparative Sociological Research

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

University will still consider EU/EEA applications until 1 July, but we may not be able to offer assistance with housing.




120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated 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.
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).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A completed Bachelor's degree in Social and Cultural Science or closely related areaIn order to get admission to this Master's you will need a completed Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, Cultural Anthropology, Development Studies, Communication Science or another social science.
  • Proficiency in English
  • Motivation letter
  • In this letter of motivation you should explain why you want to attend this programme and why you think you are suited for this programme. Attached to this letter should be a resume with photo, list of grades and two reference letters from lecturers. An interview (face-to-face or via Skype) may follow before you are admitted to the programme.
  • 2 letters of recommendation 
  • Due to the COVID-19 outbreak which has led to the temporary closure of test centres, Radboud University currently also accepts the iBT TOEFL Special Home Edition. For all other questions regarding the coronavirus please visit our FAQ.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    16000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2168 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2168 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.


  • Radboud Scholarship Programme
  • The Orange Tulip Scholarship Programme
  • Holland Scholarship Programme
  • Fulbright-Radboud Scholarships
  • StuNed scholarship programme
  • Radboud University Medical Center Study Fund
  • Radboud Faculty of Arts Study Fund

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

Due for update

Updated over a year ago

Check the official programme website for potential updates.

Social and Cultural Science (Research)
Radboud University


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