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The award
MSc

How long you will study
12 months

Domestic course fees
EUR 2060

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
February, September

International course fees
EUR 14350

All study options

About Sociology at University of Groningen

Are you interested in the complex interaction between individuals and their social environment? As a sociologist you understand how complicated living in a society can be, and you are equipped with knowledge and skills to find solutions for a variety of societal challenges.

The Master's degree programme in Sociology primarily focuses onpolicy development and research. The various specializations invitestudents to engage at a deeper level with the skills and knowledgethey developed in their Bachelor's degree programme.

University of Groningen Master's students in Sociology canchoose from four specializations:

  • Sociology of Employment Relations & Life Course
  • Crime and Safety
  • Sociology of Health, Care and Wellbeing
  • Social Studies

All the specializations in this Master's degree programme helpyou develop a general conceptual framework that can be applied to avariety of social issues. In addition to compulsory course unitswithin your specialization, you also follow a number ofelectives.

The degree programme is concluded with an internship and athesis. We also offer an Educational Master's degree programmein Social Studies.

There is also an international track: SocialNetworks in a Sustainable Society.

Ben jij geïnteresseerd in de wisselwerking tussen het individu en de sociale omgeving? Wil jij begrijpen hoe complex samenleven kan zijn en zoek je graag naar oplossingen?

Mensen kunnen niet zonder de samenleving waarin ze leven. Ininteractie met de samenleving realiseren mensen hun doelen en debevrediging van behoeften. Sociologie gaat over de wisselwerkingtussen het individu en zijn sociale omgeving. Of anders gezegd:over de invloed van het individu op het collectief en andersom.

Sociologen laten zien hoe complex het menselijk samenleven is enwaarom simpele oplossingen veelal onbedoelde neveneffecten totgevolg hebben. Sociologen zijn toegerust met kennis en vaardighedenom een breed scala aan maatschappelijke vraagstukken te helpenoplossen.

Ons master programma biedt 5 specialisaties, namelijk

vier Nederlandse afstudeerrichtingen:

en één Engelse track:

After your studies

Job prospects

Sociology is a multi-faceted degree programme. Sociologygraduates occupy a variety of positions. They find work asresearchers at a university or specialized research agency, policyofficers at a municipality or ministry, consultants for aconsultancy agency, teachers or journalists. They work in a varietyof sectors, including healthcare, education and security, primarilyin the public sector, but also in the corporate sector.

At the bottom of this page, in the carroussel, fiveGroningen sociology graduates from different specializations tellus where they work and what their work involves.

Sociologie is een veelzijdige studie. Sociologen komen na hunopleiding terecht in zeer uiteenlopende functies. Ze wordenonderzoeker aan de universiteit of bij een gespecialiseerdonderzoeksbureau, beleidsmedewerker bij een gemeente of eenministerie, consultant bij een adviesbureau, docent of journalist.Ze beoefenen deze beroepen in verschillende domeinen, zoals dezorg, het onderwijs en het veiligheidswezen. Meestal in de publiekesector, maar ook in het bedrijfsleven.

Onderaan deze pagina, in the carrousel, vertellen vijf Groningsesociologen van verschillende afstudeerrichtingen waar ze terechtzijn gekomen en wat hun werk inhoudt.

Job examples

  • Policy advisor
  • Policy researcher
  • Socioscientific researcher
  • Journalist
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Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study12 months
    Course startsFebruary, SeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 2060International course feesEUR 14350

Entry requirements

Bachelor-Master connections

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
SociologyUniversity of Groningen

No additional requirements

More information:

Deadline aanmelding: 1 februari/ 1 september

SociologyAll Research universities

Additional requirements

More information:

Drempelloos na toestemming van de toelatingscommissie. Mail naartoelatingscommissie.soc@rug.nl.Deadline aanmelding: 1 januari / 1 mei.

All Research universitiesVia a pre-master with a maximum of 60 EC
All Universities of applied sciences

Via a pre-master with a maximum of 60 EC

More information:

De Toelatingcommissie baseert toelating en pre-master vanexterne studenten op basis van vooropleiding.

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
knowledge minimum

If you have any deficiencies in connection with Statistics andResearch Methodology then we offer the possibility to takepre-master courses. The Admissions Office will inform you if youwould qualify for this. http://www.rug.nl/(...)ation/switch-modules.

previous education

Bachelor's degree in Sociology or a completed University ofGroningen pre-Master's programme in Sociology. The pre-Master'sprogramme is a one-year full-time programme. Students can onlystart in September. The degree programme covers 60 ECTS andconsists of core modules in Sociology. For more information aboutthe Sociology pre-Master's programme (only in Dutch), see http://www.rug.nl/(...)ogy/schakelprogramma.

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
previous education

Bachelor Sociologie of een afgeronde pre-master Sociologie inGroningen.

other admission requirements

Voor studenten met een andere Bachelor dan Sociologie (HBO ofWO): pre-master Sociologie. De Toelatingscommissie baseerttoelating en pre-master van externe studenten op basis vanvooropleiding. Een afgeronde bachelor is vereist.

De pre-master Sociologie is een 1-jarig voltijds programma. Hetprogramma omvat 60 EC en bestaat uit Sociologische kernvakken.Pre-master start in september. Aanmelding pre-master: 1april -1juli Informatie/aanmelden: http://www.rug.nl/(...)ociology/pre-master/

What students think about University of Groningen

    If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    Ana Quintana, Mexico, Strategic Innovation Management

    I gained a Bachelor's degree in Management & Marketing in Mexico City before I came to the Netherlands to undertake my Master's programme. During my Bachelor's studies, I spent a semester in Canada and I wanted to expand my international (study) experiences before starting work. I was keen to focus on innovation which is not usually offered in Mexico hence the combination of Innovation and Strategy in one programme directed me to Groningen.

    My Master's thesis dealt with Innovation in family businesses and I now benefit from the intense research modules offered during the programme. Now I am working as a Promotion Manager in charge of the several customer loyalty programs offered by one of Mexico's biggest hotel chains. Although the Master's program was rather theoretical, I feel that it prepared me very well for my current job. 

    There was nothing about Groningen that I did not like: the city is just beautiful. I especially enjoyed going everywhere by bike, the variety of offers for students and, of course, the Queensday (now Kings Day) celebrations. Groningen has everything to make (foreign) students feel at home.

    Looking back a year after my return to Mexico, I feel that I especially enjoyed getting to know Dutch culture. In addition, the courses offered and the beauty of the city made my stay in Groningen an unforgettable experience. If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law

    Lejla Terzimehic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Global Criminal Law

    Thanks to the European Commission Scholarship and the Talent Grant from the University of Groningen, I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law that I am most passionate about, at one of the oldest and most prestigious European universities.

    Being very intellectually challenging, the master programme truly met my expectations. Sharing knowledge with my colleagues, all coming from different legal traditions, and learning from inspiring professors enriched me with the skills I hadn't attained during my previous education.

    What I found to be the most beneficial is that the Dutch education system which, taught us to develop a critical opinion on law-related issues. Moreover, this master programme had a unique approach in tackling controversial contemporary legal issues. Due to its strong comparative emphasis, it encouraged us to keep at constant track with our national law, which is of a huge significance.

    Both the master and a 6-month long internship at the International Criminal Tribunal for The Former Yugoslavia strengthened my belief in Justice. Furthermore, besides this academic benefit, I believe that studying abroad unequivocally broadens our horizons and tests prejudices we even are not aware of.

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