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After graduation

There is always a need in society for sociologists, because they have the knowledge and skills to deal successfully with social problems we are facing today. Sociology graduates possess a wide range of skills that employers look for, and go on to work in various occupations. Your career path partly depends on the minor/electives you take in your third year and on your choice of a master's programme.

Master's programmes

Many of our graduates go on to further study at Master's level in order to either specialise in an area of sociology, or in a related discipline. The University of Amsterdam offers around 240 master's programmes.


With a Bachelor degree in Sociology you have direct access to the Sociology Master of the UvA.

Research Master Social Sciences

For students with a strong interest in research, there is the two-year research master in Social Sciences. All research master programmes are subject to a selection procedure, in which the student's motivation and GPA are important selection criteria.

Other Master's programmes

With a Bachelor degree in Sociology you also have access to other masters. If, during your bachelor's degree, you took a minor in another social science, you will have access to the Master degree of that programme, such as Political Science or Anthropology. Some Master programmes that are less related to Sociology require you to complete a Pre-Master programme first.

Where do our graduates work?

Our alumni work in various professions, including policy and research positions at (semi) governmental institutions, and at research and consultancy firms. You can also find them at NGOs, in education, health care, journalism and the cultural sector. Sociologists also work in business, for example in HR or recruitment positions. In addition, some of our alumni work as independent social entrepreneurs.

Career coaching during your bachelor's

The career advisers at the UvA Student Careers Centre are happy to help you with questions about orientation towards a career. You can contact them for information, advice, workshops, career events, CV checks, and individual guidance.

We also offer UvA Job Board. A portal exclusively for UvA students and graduates, which you can use up to two years after graduation.