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Research Master
Social Sciences
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An education in the social sciences will impart a broad range of skills that easily translate into a multitude of careers. The Research Master's in Social Sciences provides a good foundation for PhD study, as well as for work in public research organisations and non-academic research institutions in the private sector.

Where do our graduates work?

Specific career examples from alumni are:

  • PhD-student and/or Assistant Professor (in a.o. Political Science, Sociology, Anthropology, Urban Studies, mainly at University of Amsterdam, but also at a.o. Erasmus University Rotterdam, Tilburg University, VU University Amsterdam, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid)
  • Research Assistant, Dutch Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR)
  • Political Assistant to city senator, Amsterdam municipality
  • Policy Advisor, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Qualitative research consultant for opinion polling agency TNS NIPO
  • Analyst at Accenture (consultancy, technology services, outsourcing)
Absolutely invaluable to my day-to-day work

The methodological skills that I learned during the Research Master have proven absolutely invaluable to my day-to-day work as a researcher.


After finishing the Research Master's in Social Sciences, you will be able to tackle modern social challenges and problems through innovative social science research. You will gain the ability to formulate socially and scientifically relevant research problems within the key areas of social sciences. The programme develops your capacity to construct a research design to solve these problems through the use of advanced quantitative and/or qualitative techniques. You will be able to report on the research process and conclusions clearly and concisely. 

Career coaching during your Master’s

You can make use of a wide variety of career tools and support from the UvA Student Careers Centre (SCC) during your studies. The SCC organises career events, workshops, training courses, as well as CV checks, interview practice sessions and much more. 

Career events

The UvA Student Careers Centre organises several events for Bachelor's and Master's students from all disciplines. They include workshops, labour market trends, inspiring speakers, CV check, contact with employers, having a professional LinkedIn photo taken and best practises for applying to jobs.