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What will I learn?

Central theme: politics, policy and society in a comparative perspective. Become an expert in translating important societal questions from both micro (family, social networks, crime) and macro perspectives (welfare state, solidarity) into sociological research to evaluate policies and to serve as input for new policies. The Sociology Master focuses on the analysis of such social cohesion related issues, such as populism in politics, social contacts, and solidarity.

Program and courses

Translate social problems into sociological research questions from both micro (family, social networks, crime) and macro perspectives (welfare state, solidarity). Analyze these questions with the aid of theories and advanced research methods, and evaluate and develop policy based on the results.

Taught in small, interactive workgroups with excellent individual thesis supervision.

The Extended Master adds one semester to the total program to provide you with a half-year traineeship position . Enhance your skills and gain relevant work experience.

With the Double degree programs you have the opportunity to earn a degree from both Tilburg University and one of our partner universities:

- Double degree in Sociology and Social Research: Tilburg University and University of Trento (Trento, Italy)

- Double degree in Sociology and Population Studies: Tilburg University and Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain)

- Double degree in Sociology: Tilburg University and University of Bamberg (Bamberg, Germany)

The Politics, Policy and Societal Development track gives you a different perspective on sustainable development based on the theories and methods pertinent to the Global Management of Social Issues discipline. This specialization address societal issues and sustainable development from a sociological perspective.

The Health, Wellbeing and Society track combines scientific insights from sociology and health sciences. With a strong collaboration with healthcare organizations, you will learn to become a specialist in the field of healthcare policy, societal resilience, and health and wellbeing.

Career prospects

Sociology is a broad program that can lead to employment in a wide range of fields and jobs both within the Netherlands and beyond, ranging from government institutions to private companies and research agencies. Work in fields such as labor and employment, culture, welfare, recreation, education, or health care. Interested in business, marketing or journalism? The Guardian states that Sociology gives you a head-start, listing a range of specific abilities and skills.

Which department am I in?

Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Study options

Full Time (1 Year)

Tuition fees
€14,600.00 (11,92,810) 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 accepted directly onto 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 can apply for admission BEFORE you have graduated, but you must graduate by September 1 at the latest.

- You cannot be accepted onto this Master's program without having either a Bachelor's or Master's degree. Work experience or an interest in this field cannot be taken into account for the admission process without a sufficient academic background.

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.

English language proficiency

You need to demonstrate proficiency in English by submitting the results of either:

  • TOEFL with a minimum score of 577 (paper-based) / 90 (internet-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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