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What will I learn?

Become a specialist in the fields of healthcare policy, societal resilience, and health and well-being. The heart of the new Health, Wellbeing and Society track of the MSc Sociology is the understanding that sustainability depends on creating resilient and healthy communities, which can adapt to changing conditions without losing their fundamental identities. You are taught to analyze how health and well-being are distributed across Western societies, and how health and well-being can be improved at micro- meso- and macro-level of society. This is a track of MSc Sociology.

Program and courses

In this track of the MSc Sociology you combine scientific insights from sociology and health sciences to become a specialist in the field of healthcare policy, societal resilience, and health and wellbeing.

Learn to analyze how health and wellbeing are related to welfare, healthcare politics and policy and how they are related to demographic and societal factors at different levels. You gain an international perspective on health, wellbeing and society in mainly Western societies.

Collaborate closely with healthcare organizations through participation of the unique Academic Collaborative Centers from Tranzo in theoretical modules as well as during the internship and thesis.

Community-building activities throughout the program ensure cohesion in the program’s cohort, such as guest lecturers, simulation, serious gaming and study trips. You'll become part of an innovative program which brings together academics and students from all over the world in a small-scale and interactive learning environment.

The Extended Master gives you the opportunity to enhance your practical and professional skills during a 6-month traineeship. An Extended Master adds an extra semester to your regular master’s program.

Typical courses are:

  • Health, Resilience and Sustainability
  • Health and Policy
  • Social Policy and Social Risks
  • The Social Structures of Western Societies

Career prospects

As a graduate you are able to manage projects and people within the context of complex health and wellbeing related societal problems.

Which department am I in?

Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Study options

Full Time (1 Year)

Tuition fees
€14,600.00 (11,79,321) per year
Start date

Expected August 2022


Tilburg University

Warandelaan 2,



5037, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Other English Language Requirements: TOEFL with a minimum score of 575 (paper-based) / 233 (computer-based).

For international students

To be admitted directly to our master’s program in Sociology, you need to have the following academic background:

Bachelor's and/or a master’s degree in e.g. Sociology

- You may apply for admission before you have graduated, but you must graduate by September 1 at the latest.

- You cannot be accepted to this master’s program without having either a bachelor’s or master’s degree. Work experience or an interest in this field cannot be considered for the admission process without an enough academic background.

Sufficiently acquainted with 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.

Student profile. For the Master track Sociology-Health Wellbeing and Society candidates should have:

- Interest in sociology and health and wellbeing related issues.

- Interest in the social sciences.

- Ambition and desire for an intellectual challenge and personal development (including obtaining multidisciplinary skills).

- Strong analytical capacity.

- Interest in critical and analytical thinking.

- Interest in intervention development

- Interest in changing processes

- Interest in applied knowledge for (health) care and policy.

- High level of intrinsic motivation and independence

TOEFL with a minimum score of 90 (internet-based) or 577 (paper-based).

Academic IELTS score with a minimum of 6.5 score overall and a minimum score of 6.0 on individual parts of the test.

Cambridge English test results: C1 advanced (formerly CAE) or C2 proficiency (formerly CPE). For both C1 and C2, we accept a score of A, B or C.


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