These 2 masters are in English

Tilburg University

Individual in Social Context

The two-year English-taught Research Master's program combines sociological, psychological, organizational, and methodological perspectives on the central theme Individual in Social Context. It is the only Research Master in the Netherlands that offers this interdisciplinary view on social behavior.

The program provides talented young researchers from all over the world with the tools they need to conduct fundamental scientific research in the field of social and behavioral sciences. During this program you will follow state-of-the-art courses led by the best researchers in the field. You will be involved hands-on in their research area by actively participating in innovative projects and internships.

Three minors

In the first year, all students start with the major Individual in Social Context. The focus of this program is on individual behavior from three social science perspectives: sociology, social psychology, and organization studies.

In the first year, these perspectives are studied both separately and in combination. The second year is characterized by specialization. Each specialization offers internal and international traineeships, specialized content and statistics courses. 

Students specialize by choosing one of three minors:

Minor Social Sciences (Sociology and Organization Studies)


The minor in Social Sciences (combining Sociology and Organization Studies) studies relations and interaction between agents at distinct levels of analysis - ethnic groups, families, social networks, teams, organizations, and networks of organizations. The focus is on the differential effects of macro-social, institutional and organizational variables on distinct aspects of social behaviors or agents.


The Research Master in general addresses the topic of the individual in its social context. In the minor social sciences, which is driven to a large extent by the sociological framework, the meso and macro contexts are central, such as work organizations, schools, neighborhoods, and voluntary organizations.

How social contexts and individuals influence each other

The leading question is how such contexts influence the way individuals think and act and, in turn, how individuals help shape and change the context in which they are embedded. Examples of questions that can be studied are: 

  • How does cohesion in a neighborhood affect crime and other deviant behavior? 

  • Why are certain work organizations better able in motivating their employees than other work organizations? 

  • Why do students in ethnically mixed schools perform worse than students in homogeneous schools?


Courses Minor in Social Sciences

The Research Master consists of a general program (42 ECTS) and a minor-specific program (78 ECTS). The total program consist of 120 Credits (ECTS) for two years. Each year is divided into four units. The last unit in the first year is reserved for writing your First-year paper and doing an intern Traineeship. In the second year you'll write your Master's Thesis and you will follow an intern Traineeship.

Please have a look at the graphic presentation of the program structure and courses of the minor in Social Sciences

Society, Policy, and Politics in Comparative Perspective

The Master in Sociology is an English-taught one-year program (60 ECTS) that focuses on the analysis of issues relating to social cohesion, for example, populism, crime, social contacts and solidarity. It does so comparing individuals and countries. The Master program has a theoretical- empirical research focus. Students of the Master’s program are taught to translate social problems into sociological research questions and analyze them with the aid of theories and advanced research methods. Students will also learn to evaluate policy and to derive policy solutions from results of sociological analyses.




Extended Master Sociology, incl. traineeship - 1,5 year, 90 ECTS

The Extended Master in Sociology consists of the (regular) program of the Master Sociology extended with a unique one-year traineeship position. The Extended Master Sociology aims at providing students with relevant work experience by doing a traineeship and to enhance their (research) skills and knowledge. For 50% of your time you will participate in existing (research) projects at the partner organization; for the other 50% of the time you will carry out research for - and write - the Master’s Thesis.


Double Degree Program in Sociology and Population Studies, Barcelona - 1,5 year, 90 ECTS

Two of the highest-ranked Social Science Departments in Europe combining their strengths to offer a high-level research training in Sociology and Population Studies, focusing on modern societies from a structural and dynamic perspective. The English-taught international Master in Sociology and Population Studies is a Double Degree Program offered jointly by Universitat Pompeu Fabra and Tilburg University. This 18-month Double Degree Program is taught both in Barcelona (first year) and in Tilburg (second year).

Double Degree Program Tilburg University & University of Trento - 2 year, 120 ECTS

A unique Double Degree Master combining the best of two outstanding universities: political research, social policy, qualitative research, and the analysis of social cohesion related-issues (social policy, politics, and society from a comparative perspective).  The Double Degree program results in two academic Master titles, one in Sociology from Tilburg University and one in Sociology and Social Research from the University of Trento. 



Five reasons to choose the Master Sociology

  1. You will be taught in small, interactive workgroups

  2. The program has a focus on social policy, politics, and society in a comparative perspective

  3. You receive excellent individual thesis supervision

  4. You have the opportunity to earn a double degree from Tilburg University and the University of Trento (Italy) or Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain)

  5. In the Extended Master you'll enhance your research skills and knowledge and you'll gain relevant work experience 

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