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Research Master
Social Sciences
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Study programme

The curriculum of your study programme depends on your choice out of three methodological specialisations:

  • empirical-analytical
  • interpretative
  • and mixed methods (with mandatory internship or mandatory fieldwork).

You will follow compulsory and elective methods courses within the chosen methods specialisation.

Year 1

The first year consists of three blocks:

Block 1

During the first block, students will follow two general courses on social theory and research ethics In the first block. Students also have the opportunity to get acquainted with the programme and staff members, and to choose their (thematic and) methodological specialisation.

Block 2 and 3

In the second and third block, the methodological specialisation consists of a compulsory methods course, followed by a series of methods electives and other compulsory courses. The thematic course work consists of thematic electives and a reading course (optional).

Year 2

The second year consists of two semesters.

Semester 1

In the first semester, depending on the methodological specialisation, students go on fieldwork, an internship and/or a number of methods courses.

Semester 2

The second semester consists of independent research and thesis writing  in the form of an academic article or a monograph. All students follow three short workshops in Academic and Professional skills as well.


The Master's thesis is based on individual research by the student and will be published in the form of a monograph or manuscript for an academic article.