Social Networks in a Sustainable Society (MSc)

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The award
MSc

How long you will study
12 months

Domestic course fees
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How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
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About Social Networks in a Sustainable Society at University of Groningen

How do social networks hold together or keep apart families and communities, or boost creativity in firms? And how do personal ties influence your health, career, or your choice of a partner?

Everyone is connected. If you want to know more about howvisible and hidden social networks often make the difference, ourmaster track will equip you with the analytical, methodological,and policy making tools to:

  • detect and properly describe hidden social network structuresand processes,
  • explain the origins, dynamics, and impact of networks in a widerange of policy domains,
  • assess how informal networks interact with formalpolicies,
  • design network interventions and evaluate theireffectiveness.

Drawing on a unique combination of skills, this master trackbridges the applied field of policy design with the latest insightsof network science. You will learn to apply social network theoriesto a wide range of societal problems; you will use cutting-edgetools and methods to analyze quantitative and qualitative networkdata; and you will apply this knowledge with the aim of developingpolicies for sustainable cooperation.

How do social networks hold together or keep apart families and communities, or boost creativity in firms? And how do personal ties influence your health, career, or your choice of a partner?

Everyone is connected. If you want to know more about howvisible and hidden social networks often make the difference, ourmaster track will equip you with the analytical, methodological,and policy making tools to:

  • detect and properly describe hidden social network structuresand processes,
  • explain the origins, dynamics, and impact of networks in a widerange of policy domains,
  • assess how informal networks interact with formalpolicies,
  • design network interventions and evaluate theireffectiveness.

Drawing on a unique combination of skills, this master trackbridges the applied field of policy design with the latest insightsof network science. You will learn to apply social network theoriesto a wide range of societal problems; you will use cutting-edgetools and methods to analyze quantitative and qualitative networkdata; and you will apply this knowledge with the aim of developingpolicies for sustainable cooperation.

After your studies

Job prospects

Our master track offers you the opportunity to refine youranalytical and diagnostic skills, in order to be able to understandnetwork processes and their intended and unintended effects onpolicy support and change. By applying social network theory andmethods in their internships our students addressed issues asdiverse as

* help seeking behavior in addicts,
* design and implementation of crime fighting initiatives,
* relationships between teachers in high schools
* performance and satisfaction in learning networks

Job examples

  • Government advisors

    advisors of science policy for governmental organizations

  • Academics

    researchers or teachers in departments of social sciences,philosophy or medicine

  • Science communicators

    freelance, or for editorial offices of a magazine, university orpublisher

  • Qualitative researchers

    for research agencies, or governmental organizations

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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
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Entry requirements

Bachelor-Master connections

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
SociologyAll Research universities

No additional requirements

More information:

Direct access for students who have finished the Dutch bachelorprogramme in Sociology at the University of Groningen or otherDutch research universities and for students who finished the Dutchpre-master programme Sociology at the University of Groningen

All Research universities

Via a pre-master

Additional requirements:
  • knowledge minimum
  • additional subject
More information:

Deficiency program: admission for students from otheruniversities depends on the courses they followed in their bachelordegree programme.

SociologyUniversity of Groningen

No additional requirements

More information:

Direct access for students who have finished the Dutch bachelorprogramme in Sociology at the University of Groningen.

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
knowledge minimum

The applicant must demonstrate knowledge of the basic principlesof research design, and various quantitative and qualitativemethods of data collection, preferably questionnaire design andtext analysis, and be able to apply these methods in empiricalresearch. The applicant must demonstrate knowledge of statistics,including sampling, descriptive statistics, hypothesis testing,multiple regression and analysis of variance, and logisticregression, and must be able to apply these methods and models inempirical research. If the applicant is not able to demonstratesufficient knowledge, the admissions committee may require theapplicant to take a test.

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. For more information have a look at the SPOsite about this premaster: http://spo-groningen.nl/(...)esearch-methodology/

language test

The official language of the programme is English. Non-nativeEnglish speakers must provide evidence of satisfactory results forone of the following standard tests: TOEFL: ≥ 580 paper-basedtest, ≥ 237 computer-based test; ≥ 92 internet-based;IELTS (Academic): ≥ Band 6.5. Official test results must besupplied. Please note, we do not accept Institutional TOEFL resultsas evidence of English proficiency.

previous education

University BA- of BSc in Sociology or in one of the other SocialSciences, majoring Sociology. Good knowledge of researchmethodology and basic statistics.

Admission for students from other universities depends on thecourses they followed in their bachelor degree programme.

To eliminate deficiencies regarding Statistics and ResearchMethodology, students can participate in the BSS web-supportedpremaster. The deficiencies are diagnosed by the admissioncommittee of Sociology of the Faculty of Behavioural and SocialSciences (BSS) of the University of Groningen. For more informationvisit the following site: http://www.rug.nl/(...)mmes/pre-master-bss/

reference letter

Candidates must supply two references/letters of recommendationfrom academic referees who have detailed knowledge of theiracademic record.

written request

Write (type) a letter (no larger than one A4 sheet) explainingyour motivation to follow this programme. You should consider atleast the following topics:

  • Your motivation to study education at a Master's level;
  • Relevant study and/or work experience;
  • Areas of particular interest in Sociology;
  • Career perspectives and in what way completing this Master'sprogramme would contribute to accomplish them.

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
knowledge minimum

The applicant must demonstrate knowledge of the basic principlesof research design, and various quantitative and qualitativemethods of data collection, preferably questionnaire design andtext analysis, and be able to apply these methods in empiricalresearch. The applicant must demonstrate knowledge of statistics,including sampling, descriptive statistics, hypothesis testing,multiple regression and analysis of variance, and logisticregression, and must be able to apply these methods and models inempirical research. If the applicant is not able to demonstratesufficient knowledge, the admissions committee may require theapplicant to take a test.

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. For more information have a look at the SPOsite about this premaster: http://spo-groningen.nl/(...)esearch-methodology/

language test

The official language of the programme is English. Non-nativeEnglish speakers must provide evidence of satisfactory results forone of the following standard tests: TOEFL: ≥ 580 paper-basedtest, ≥ 237 computer-based test; ≥ 93 internet-based;IELTS (Academic): ≥ Band 6.5. Official test results must besupplied. Please note, we do not accept Institutional TOEFL resultsas evidence of English proficiency.

previous education

University BA- of BSc in Sociology or in one of the other SocialSciences, majoring Sociology.. Good knowledge of researchmethodology and basic statistics.

Admission for students from other universities depends on thecourses they followed in their bachelor degree programme.

To eliminate deficiencies regarding Statistics and ResearchMethodology, students can participate in the BSS web-supportedpremaster. The deficiencies are diagnosed by the admissioncommittee of Sociology of the Faculty of Behavioural and SocialSciences (BSS) of the University of Groningen. For more informationvisit the following site: http://www.rug.nl/(...)mmes/pre-master-bss/

reference letter

Candidates must supply two references/letters of recommendationfrom academic referees who have detailed knowledge of theiracademic record.

written request

Write (type) a letter (no larger than one A4 sheet) explainingyour motivation to follow this programme. You should consider atleast the following topics:

  • Your motivation to study education at a Master's level;
  • Relevant study and/or work experience;
  • Areas of particular interest in Sociology;
  • Career perspectives and in what way completing this Master'sprogramme would contribute to accomplish them.

Registration procedure

To apply for this program, first go to Studielink. InStudielink, you have to select 'Social Networks in aSustainable Society' from the drop-down list of studyprograms. After you have submitted your details in Studielink, you will receive an e-mail with the information necessary to activateyour user account for OAS (the Online Application System).

In OAS you can choose for the specific master program. See the following website for some guidance in OAS:http://www.rug.nl/education/international-students/application-procedure/

Please upload the following documents in OAS:

* a certified copy of the (Bachelor) diploma on the basis of whichyou ask admission to our programme (both original language andtranslated in English)
* a certified copy of your transcript of records(both original language and translated in English)
* a certified copy of your results for one of the mentioned English tests (exc. for native speakers)
* a copy of your passport or ID card
* a letter of motivation
* two references
If you have any doubts about your application, please contact usat: bss.msc.admission@rug.nl.

Write (type) a letter (no larger than one A4 sheet) explainingyour motivation to follow this programme. You should consider atleast the following topics:

Your motivation to study education at a Master's level;
Relevant study and/or work experience;
Areas of particular interest in Sociology;
Career perspectives and in what way completing this Master'sprogramme would contribute to accomplish them.

Please register through StudieLink. After you have submittedyour details in StudieLink, you will receive an e-mail with theinformation necessary to activate your user account for OAS (theOnline Application System). See the following website for someguidance in OAS: http://www.rug.nl/(...)plication-procedure/

Please upload the following documents in OAS:

  • a certified copy of the (Bachelor) diploma on the basis ofwhich you ask admission to our programme (both original languageand translated in English)
  • a certified copy of your transcript of records (both originallanguage and translated in English)
  • a certified copy of your results for one of the mentionedEnglish tests (exc. for native speakers)
  • a copy of your passport or ID card
  • a letter of motivation
  • two references

Please send all documents to:RijksuniversiteitGroningen,Admissions Office,Faculteit Gedrags- enMaatschappijwetenschappen,Broerstraat 5, 9712 CP Groningen,TheNetherlands. If you have any doubts about your application, please contact us at: bss.msc.admission@rug.nl.

Language requirements

ExamMinimum score
CAE (Cambridge English: Advanced)A1
CPE (Cambridge English: Proficiency)A1
IELTS overall band6.5
TOEFL paper based580
TOEFL computer based237
TOEFL internet based92

Tuition fees

NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2017-2018€ 2006full-time
EU/EEA2018-2019€ 2060full-time
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2017-2018€ 2006full-time
non-EU/EEA2017-2018€ 14200full-time
EU/EEA2018-2019€ 2060full-time
non-EU/EEA2018-2019€ 14350full-time
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2017-2018€ 2006full-time
EU/EEA2018-2019€ 2060full-time

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
EU/EEA students01 May 201801 September 2018
01 May 201901 September 2019
non-EU/EEA students01 May 201801 September 2018
01 May 201901 September 2019
Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 May 201801 September 2018
01 May 201901 September 2019
Type of studentDeadlineStart course
EU/EEA students01 May 201801 September 2018
01 May 201901 September 2019
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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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