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Study programme

The Bachelor's degree in Sociology is a three-year full-time programme. Each year is divided in two semesters of three blocks, which can be found in the academic calendar. In the first two years, all students follow the same programme. In the third year, you can choose your own courses. You can find the study programme and course descriptions in our Course Catalogue.

A briefing by the study adviser
Study adviser Inge Velthuijs informs you about the curriculum and future prospects.
  • Year 1

    In the first year you are introduced to the discipline of Sociology, which gives you a solid basis for your further academic career.


    You are introduced to 19th century founders of sociology such as Karl Marx, Max Weber and Emile Durkheim. You will read classical texts, but also contemporary studies that build on this work. Are you curious about what the classics had to say? Then take a look at this online MOOC.


    A good methodological basis is essential for conducting sociological research. Starting in your first year, you will become acquainted with important methodological approaches and learn to apply them in practice, like:

    • Interviews
    • Observations of everyday life
    • Surveys
    • Statistical analysis
    • Text analysis

    Sociological craftsmanship

    In the first year we also focus on important skills that you, as a sociologist, need to master. You will learn to read scientific texts, interpret them and translate them into new contexts. In addition, you learn to argue, formulate research questions, make critical comments and write essays.

  • Year 2

    In the second year of the programme you will deepen the knowledge you acquired in the first year. You will learn more about the (policy) applications of sociological theories, about contemporary debates and how theories are developed. You will also improve your knowledge of research techniques for conducting sociological research. Finally, you will also broaden your knowledge in six different sociological domains:

    • Urban Places and Social Problems
    • Intersectionalities: Class, Race, Gender & Sexualities
    • Migration & Citizenship
    • Globalising Cultures
    • Health & Society
    • Education & Work
  • Year 3

    Semester 1: minor, internship or study abroad

    In the first semester of the third year it is entirely up to you. You have the opportunity to further specialize in sociological themes from an interdisciplinary perspective, but you can also take electives or a minor in a different field of study, or gain professional experience through an internship. The UvA also offers you the possibility to study at one of our partner universities during an international exchange semester.

    Semester 2: Bachelor research project

    You finish your bachelor's programme with your own scientific research: your thesis. Although you write your own thesis, you work closely together with a small group of other students in a joint research project. During your research, you make use of all the sociological skills you have acquired throughout your studies, and you become an expert in your own field of research.

Additional options

Honours programme

We offer an Honours and Talent Programme for talented students who are looking for an extra challenge during their studies.  

International exchange

International collaboration is crucial for science. The UvA has partnerships with over ninety universities worldwide. In your third year you have the possibility to study at one of these universities during an international exchange semester.


Each academic year consists of 60 European Credits (EC’s) and is split into two semesters, which are in turn divided into three blocks. European Credits are study credits, a measure of the weight of a programme. One EC stands for 28 study hours, both contact hours and self-study. This represents an average study load of 40 hours per week.

In the first year of the sociology programme 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.