The complete description of all courses in this programme can be found in the online UvA Course Catalogue.
This programme starts in September. Fulfilling the requirements should take one year of full-time study.
The programme (60 ECTS) starts with a theory course in Sociological Perspectives and a specialisation course which is part of one of the tracks. In the second block students follow an elective preferably relevant to the topic of the thesis. The first semester ends with an intensive Winter School in methods. Different courses are offered in both quantitative and qualitative methodology.
In the second semester, students start with an additional elective and a thesis seminar in which they will write their research proposal. The programme is concluded with a Master's thesis.
Students have the opportunity to replace one of the electives (6 ECTS) with an internship. An internship provides students not only with relevant work experience but also with the possibility to put classroom theory into practice.
The Master’s in Sociology culminates in the writing of a thesis, which is the final test of your academic skills. Your thesis should show your ability to carry out independent and creative research, written up in a format which adheres to academic conventions. This makes your thesis not only the most important and most challenging, but also the hardest part of your Master’s programme. The Master’s thesis is supervised in thematic thesis groups, which start at the beginning of the second semester. They usually consist of 5 to 10 students. Check this website to find out which thesis groups were offered last year.
The Master of Science degree is awarded upon completion of 60 ECTS, including all required courses in the curriculum and a written Master's thesis, which is based on an independent research project.