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Research Master

Social Sciences


Are you interested in social scientific research, and do you want to pursue a career in academic or non-academic research environments? The Research Master's Social Sciences (RMSS) is designed for highly motivated students with an interest in research from various social scientific perspectives.


Would you like to find out if the Research Master's Social Sciences is the right programme for you? Sign up to attend the next Master’s Week or register to receive updates about the programme.

Study programme

The two-year Research Master's in Social Sciences offers you advanced training in current social science theory and innovative methodologies in a rigorous and multidisciplinary research environment. 

Due to a focus on advanced quantitative and qualitative research skills you learn to independently carry out high quality scientific research. The programme prepares you for a PhD position and an academic career, as well as for a research oriented career outside academia. 

What is a Research Master's programme?

In this video, the features of a Research Master's programme are explained by a current student, an alumna and an academic staff member.

Academic staff

Lecturers in the Research Master's in Social Sciences are based in the departments of anthropology, political science and sociology. They are strongly affiliated with UvA's Amsterdam Institute of Social Science Research (AISSR), which is one of the most prestigious institutes of its kind. 


The programme provides a good foundation for:

  • PhD study
  • work in public research organisations
  • non-academic research institutions in the private sector

Multidisciplinary programme

Contribute to ongoing research projects

Provides students with excellent research skills

Is Social Sciences (Research Master's) for you?

Are you interested in:

  1. Developing advanced research skills within an individual research profile?
  2. Carrying out scientific research independently using innovative methodologies?
  3. Studying in an international and multidisciplinary social science environment?

Then Social Sciences (Research Master's) might be the programme for you!

Facts & Figures
Degree programme Social Sciences (research)
Type Regular study programme
Mode Full-time
Credits 120 ECTS, 24 months
Language of instruction English
Starts in September
CROHO code 60214
Location Roeterseiland campus