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Pre-Master’s programme

Sociology

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The Master’s programme in Sociology offers several pre-Master possibilities to academic and Dutch HBO (University of Applied Sciences) students to make up for (slight) credit deficiencies.

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Pre-Master's programme for academic Bachelors (30 ECTS)

This Premaster’s programme is a 30 credit fulltime programme for graduates who want to follow the master's in Sociology, but have completed a university bachelor's or master's degree that is not completely related. The programme mainly focuses on courses in the field of sociological theory and completing a sociological research project, to ensure that students acquire the knowledge and skills that are necessary for following the master's programme. To be admitted to this programme, you need to apply to the Master’s programme first. The admissions committee will decide whether you can follow the pre-Master’s programme. The programme starts in February and needs to be completed in one semester.

COURSES SEM 1 SEM 2 SEMESTER 1 SEMESTER 2 EC
  • Sociological Theory 2: Power, Culture, Identity
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    6
  • Sociological Theory 3: Society, Social Action and Inequality
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    6
  • Sociological Theory 4: Culture and Structure
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    6
  • Premaster Research Project
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    6
  • Restricted-choice electives
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    6
For more information, please see online UvA Course Catalogue

Pre-Master's programme for graduates from universities of applied sciences (HBO) in the Netherlands (60 ECTS)

This Premaster’s programme is a 60 credit fulltime programme, in which deficiencies between the previous education and the master's in Sociology are eliminated. Courses are offered in the field of sociological theory and social science research methods. In addition, students follow three to four domain courses from the different specialisations of the Bachelor's in Sociology. The programme is concluded with the Research Project in which theory and methodology are linked. To be admitted to this programme, you need to apply to the Master’s programme first. The admissions committee will decide whether you can follow the pre-Master’s programme. The programme start in September and needs to be completed in one year.

COURSES SEM 1 SEM 2 SEMESTER 1 SEMESTER 2 EC
  • Sociological Theory 1: Social Interactions and Interdependencies
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    6
  • Social Research Methodology
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    6
  • Introduction to statistics
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    6
  • Advanced Statistics for Premaster's students
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    6
  • Education & Work
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    6
  • Sociological Theory 4: Culture and Structure
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    6
  • Premaster Research Project
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    6
  • Gebonden keuze
    1—2
    4—5
    18
For more information, please see online UvA Course Catalogue

Research methodology module

Promising applicants who are marginally deficient in social science research methodology and can remedy this deficiency with a short intensive course may be eligible for the intensive research methodology module offered in the summer prior to the Master's programme (July/August). The admissions committee decides whether a student is eligible to take this summer course to qualify for entry to the Master’s programme.

Incoming Master's students who are taking this summer course to prepare for their Master's programme at the UvA Graduate School of Social Sciences will not receive European credits (ECTS). Other students are eligible to gain 6 ECTS for this course. 

MOOCs and reading assignments

Promising students who do not fully (but nearly) meet the requirements or who are in need of brushing up on their knowledge in the field of social sciences and research methodology, may be asked by the admissions committee to complete a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) or a reading assignment prior to the Master's programme. Reading assignments are offered for free and do not require extra tuition fees.

Application to pre-Master's programme

Application for a pre-Master’s programme is not needed or even possible. You must register for the Master’s programme in Studielink and then submit an application through the link in Myinfo, also for the Master’s programme. The Admissions Committee will assess your application for the Master's programme and decide if a pre-Master’s programme or course is needed and if it will sufficiently prepare you for entry to the Master's programme.

Questions

If you have questions regarding admission and application, please contact the Admissions Office at  apply-gsss@uva.nl.

Facts & Figures
Mode Full-time
Language of instruction Dutch, English
Starts in September