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Research Master
Social Sciences
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Study programme

The Research Master's in Social Sciences is an intensive two-year programme that trains students to become researchers in the Social Sciences. The programme consists of 120 EC credits.

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.

Thesis

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.

Study programme Empirical Analytical Methods

COURSES SEM 1 SEM 2 SEMESTER 1 SEMESTER 2 EC
  • Quality and Ethics in Social Science Research
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    6
  • The Social in the Social Sciences
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    6
  • Team Work Research Seminar
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    6
  • Design and Causality in Quantitative Research
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    6
  • Measurement Models in Quantitative Research
    ???studyprogramme .period??? 3
    6
  • Multivariate Modelling
    ???studyprogramme .period??? 4
    6
  • Restricted-choice electives: Methods Electives
    ???studyprogramme .period??? 5
    6
  • Restricted-choice electives: Thematic Electives
    ???studyprogramme .period??? 2
    4—5
    18
COURSES SEM 1 SEM 2 SEMESTER 1 SEMESTER 2 EC
  • Restricted-choice electives: Workshops Academic and Professional Skills
    3—5
    3
  • Research Master Thesis Seminar
    4—6
    3
  • Internship Social Sciences
    1—3
    12
  • Restricted-choice electives: Methods Electives
    1—3
    18
  • Restricted-choice electives: Thematic Electives
    1—3
  • Thesis Research Master Social Sciences
    4—6
    24
See more information in the Course Catalogue

Study programme Interpretative Methods

COURSES SEM 1 SEM 2 SEMESTER 1 SEMESTER 2 EC
  • Quality and Ethics in Social Science Research
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    6
  • The Social in the Social Sciences
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    6
  • Team Work Research Seminar
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    6
  • Qualitative Research Design
    ???studyprogramme .period??? 2
    6
  • Fieldwork Preparation and Proposal
    ???studyprogramme .period??? 5
    6
  • Restricted-choice electives: Methods Electives - Interpretative
    3—4
    12
  • Restricted-choice electives: Thematic Electives
    ???studyprogramme .period??? 2
    4—5
    18
COURSES SEM 1 SEM 2 SEMESTER 1 SEMESTER 2 EC
  • Restricted-choice electives: Workshops Academic and Professional Skills
    3—5
    3
  • Research Master Thesis Seminar
    4—6
    3
  • Working with Fieldwork Data
    ???studyprogramme .period??? 3
    6
  • Restricted-choice electives: Fieldwork
    1—2
    24
  • Restricted-choice electives: Fieldwork and Internship
    1—2
  • Thesis Research Master Social Sciences
    4—6
    24
See more information in the Course Catalogue

Study programme Mixed Methods specialisation with mandatory fieldwork

COURSES SEM 1 SEM 2 SEMESTER 1 SEMESTER 2 EC
  • Quality and Ethics in Social Science Research
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    6
  • The Social in the Social Sciences
    ???studyprogramme .period??? 1
    6
  • Team Work Research Seminar
    ???studyprogramme .period??? 6
    6
  • Mixed Methods in Social Sciences
    ???studyprogramme .period??? 2
    6
  • Measuring Meaning in Mixed Methods
    ???studyprogramme .period??? 3
    6
  • Fieldwork Preparation and Proposal
    ???studyprogramme .period??? 5
    6
  • Restricted-choice electives: Methods Elective - Mixed Methods with mandatory fieldwork
    4—5
    6
  • Restricted-choice electives: Thematic Electives
    ???studyprogramme .period??? 2
    4—5
    18
COURSES SEM 1 SEM 2 SEMESTER 1 SEMESTER 2 EC
  • Restricted-choice electives: Workshops Academic and Professional Skills
    3—5
    3
  • Research Master Thesis Seminar
    4—6
    3
  • Working with Fieldwork Data
    ???studyprogramme .period??? 3
    6
  • Restricted-choice electives: Fieldwork
    1—2
    24
  • Restricted-choice electives: Fieldwork and Internship
    1—2
    24
  • Thesis Research Master Social Sciences
    4—6
    24
See more information in the Course Catalogue