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Sociology: Cultural Sociology (track)

Study programme

Sociology: Cultural Sociology (MSc)

Detailed course information

The complete description of all courses in this programme can be found in the online UvA Course Catalogue.  

UvA Course Catalogue - Sociology (MSc)

Programme outline

This programme starts in September. Fulfilling the requirements should take one year of full-time study.

First semester 

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.

Second semester

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. 

Internship

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. 

Thesis

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.

Degree requirements

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.

Accreditation and academic title

Upon successful completion of Cultural Sociology, students receive a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Sociology (Sociologie).

The quality of this Master’s degree has been accredited by the Accreditation Organisation of The Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO) in conformity with the Higher Education and Scientific Research Act (WHW) under registration number 66601. This means that the MSc degree is legally recognised.

You can find more information on accreditation and degrees through the links below.

More information on accreditation and degree (for international students)

Meer informatie over accreditatie en titulatuur (for Dutch students)