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Whether it is wealth inequality, migration, sexual diversity or the future of work you’re interested in, the Master's in Sociology will train you to ask fundamental questions, search for answers and understand how people, social movements, institutions and governments address them. Courses will address issues from a great variety of intellectual and methodological traditions. This will open up new and exciting ways to think about the issues you care about.


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Discover the Master’s programme and tracks

The Master's programme in Sociology also offers the specialisation track:

Why study Sociology?

Get to know the Master's in Sociology through the eyes of students Lisette, Bahar and Lutchia.

Study programme

The Master’s in Sociology is a one-year programme (60 ECTS) with 30 ECTS dedicated to elective courses about topics such as gender, work, health, and migration (semester 1) and 30 ECTS dedicated to working on your own research project in small scale thesis groups where you will also be trained in methodologies that are relevant to your project (semester 2).

Choose your own trajectory

Small-scale intensive thesis supervision

QS Ranking 2020

Nr. 1 in Continental Europe

Multitude of career paths

Academic staff

The staff teaching in the Sociology programme is internationally renowned for its research excellence. The programme director is dr. Chip Huisman.


After graduating from the Master’s programme in Sociology you will have a broad range of skills that easily translate into a multitude of careers. The programme gives students a good basis to pursue their studies at the PhD level. Students with an excellent academic record will be encouraged to complete their Master's studies with the development of a proposal for PhD study at the University of Amsterdam.

Is Sociology for you?

  1. Are you interested in making sense of the social world?
  2. Do you want to learn to ask better questions?
  3. Do you want to know how to do social scientific research?
  4. Do you want to critically analyse our familiar contexts?
  5. Are you keen to think about alternative social worlds?

Then Sociology might be the right programme for you!

Facts & Figures
Degree programme
MSc Sociology
Regular study programme
60 ECTS, 12 months
Language of instruction
Starts in
CROHO code
Roeterseiland campus