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Why do some people fly over the world in a private jet, while others don't even have enough money to buy food? What is institutional racism, and what can be done about it? How are our lives affected by social media? Questions that are often discussed in the media, politics and public debate, but most people struggle to answer them properly. Apparently, a life filled with social experiences, does not make you an expert on social life. To become one, you have to study sociology.


Would you like to find out if Sociology is the right programme for you? Introductions are available throughout the year. Sign up to attend the UvA Bachelor’s Week or find an overview of all our events.

Study programme

The Bachelor's in Sociology is a three-year full-time degree programme of 180 ECTS, with an average study load of 40 hours a week. In your first year you will have about eight hours of lectures and six hours of tutorial groups per week; the remaining time will be devoted to reading literature, doing research and writing papers and essays.

Mini lecture on romantic love

Watch this mini lecture by Margriet van Heesch on romantic love.

International classroom 

Multifaceted perspectives on sociology

Connecting society, theory and research


After graduation

During your bachelor you gain insight into pressing social issues, and you learn to improve them with your own policy solutions. A perfect preparation for the labour market! Society is always in need for sociologists, because they have the knowledge and skills to deal successfully with social problems we are facing today.  

A student's experience

Student Lucy Upton tells you all about studying Sociology in Amsterdam.

Is Sociology for you?

Are you interested in society, in how people live together, and in the causes and consequences of their behaviour? Then Sociology is definitely for you.

Various themes are addressed, such as: migration, inequality, sexuality, discrimination, healthcare, the labour market, education, urban problems and globalisation.

Facts & Figures
Degree programme BSc Sociology
Mode Full-time
Credits 180 ECTS, 36 months
Language of instruction English
Starts in September
CROHO code 56601
Location Roeterseiland campus