Social Networks in a Sustainable Society

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

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Deze opleiding

!Deze opleiding communiceert alleen in het Engels.
We tonen daarom de Engelstalige opleidingsinformatie.
Social networks – our webs of personal relationships in friendships, communication, online interactions, trust or enmity – play a pivotal role in promoting a sustainable society.

Networks can be key to holding together communities, organisations and political entities, but they can also be a major source of conflict, ineffectiveness, and decay.

This unique program teaches and applies state-of-the-art theories and methods to enable you to better understand how the content, structure and dynamics of social networks affect society across a wide range of domains. The areas addressed reflect the staff's main areas of research expertise: collaboration in the care sector, joint production in firms, integration of ethnic minorities, transition to renewable sources of energy, bullying among adolescents, and healthy ageing. You will learn to apply theories relating to institutions and human behaviour to social networks, you will use cutting-edge tools and methods to gather and analyze quantitative and qualitative network data, and you will then apply this knowledge so you can analyse and improve policies and interventions.

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diplomaMSc Sociologie
typeregulier, 60 EC
start1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur12 maanden voltijd
heeft geen numerus fixus
geen honoursprogramma

Waarom aan de Rijksuniversiteit?

This program combines training in social network research with sociological analysis of policy and policy applications. Sociology in Groningen is world-leading in the development and application of cutting-edge methods for social network analysis. This program hosts hands-on traineeships in applied social network research.

Open dagen en meeloopdagen

Masterweek Groningen
Van 20 t/m 24 november organiseren de faculteiten op verschillende dagen een mastervoorlichting op locatie. Aanmelden kan vanaf eind oktober 2017.
Masterweek Groningen
Van 19 t/m 23 maart 2018 organiseren de faculteiten op verschillende dagen een mastervoorlichting op locatie. Aanmelden kan vanaf eind februari 2018.


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Social Network Analysis
5 EC
Theories of networks and sustainable cooperation
5 EC
Policy design with network applications
5 EC
Research Forum for thesis preparation
5 EC
Prosocial Behaviour
5 EC
Policy Evaluation with network applications
5 EC
Internship stage
10 EC
Master thesis (20 EC) afstuderen
20 EC


taal van onderwijs100% en
lecture, practicum

Toelating en studiekosten

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1 september 2017
aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2017
wettelijk tarief : € 2006
instellingstarief : € 2006
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 14200
1 september 2018
aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2018
collegegeld nog niet bekend
Please register through StudieLink. After you have submitted your details in StudieLink, you will receive an e-mail with the information necessary to activate your user account for OAS (the Online Application System). See the following website for some guidance in OAS:
Please upload the following documents in OAS:
  • a certified copy of the (Bachelor) diploma on the basis of which you ask admission to our programme (both original language and translated in English)
  • a certified copy of your transcript of records (both original language and translated in English)
  • a certified copy of your results for one of the mentioned English tests (exc. for native speakers)
  • a copy of your passport or ID card
  • a letter of motivation
  • two references

Please send all documents to:Rijksuniversiteit Groningen,Admissions Office,Faculteit Gedrags- en Maatschappijwetenschappen,Broerstraat 5, 9712 CP Groningen,The Netherlands.
If you have any doubts about your application, please contact us at:


The applicant must demonstrate knowledge of the basic principles of research design, and various quantitative and qualitative methods of data collection, preferably questionnaire design and text analysis, and be able to apply these methods in empirical research. The applicant must demonstrate knowledge of statistics, including sampling, descriptive statistics, hypothesis testing, multiple regression and analysis of variance, and logistic regression, and must be able to apply these methods and models in empirical research. If the applicant is not able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge, the admissions committee may require the applicant to take a test.

If you have any deficiencies in connection with Statistics and Research Methodology then we offer the possibility to take pre-master courses. The Admissions Office will inform you if you would qualify for this. For more information have a look at the SPO site about this premaster:

The official language of the programme is English. Non-native English speakers must provide evidence of satisfactory results for one of the following standard tests:
TOEFL: ≥ 580 paper-based test, ≥ 237 computer-based test; ≥ 93 internet-based;
IELTS (Academic): ≥ Band 6.5.
Official test results must be supplied. Please note, we do not accept Institutional TOEFL results as evidence of English proficiency.

University BA- of BSc in Sociology or in one of the other Social Sciences, majoring Sociology.. Good knowledge of research methodology and basic statistics.

Admission for students from other universities depends on the courses they followed in their bachelor degree programme.

To eliminate deficiencies regarding Statistics and Research Methodology, students can participate in the BSS web-supported premaster. The deficiencies are diagnosed by the admission committee of Sociology of the Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences (BSS) of the University of Groningen.
For more information visit the following site:

reference letter
Candidates must supply two references/letters of recommendation from academic referees who have detailed knowledge of their academic record.

Write (type) a letter (no larger than one A4 sheet) explaining your motivation to follow this programme. You should consider at least the following topics:

  • Your motivation to study education at a Master's level;
  • Relevant study and/or work experience;
  • Areas of particular interest in Sociology;
  • Career perspectives and in what way completing this Master's programme would contribute to accomplish them.

estimated monthly costs

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303kamerhuur in Groningenrond het landelijk gemiddelde
158collegegeldop basis van € 1906 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1171totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
Hiernaast staat een overzicht van de gemiddelde kosten die een uitwonende student heeft. Niet iedere student heeft met iedere kostenpost te maken. Het totaalgemiddelde is dus niet gelijk aan de optelsom van alle kostenposten.

Bekijk ook de uitgebreide toelichting: wat kost studeren?

Studenten en studentenleven


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28510 studenten aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
51% daarvan is vrouw
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Societas is the sociological study association at the University of Groningen. It has over 300 members.
Societas organizes various activities for all sociology students, such as lectures, excursions, a trip abroad, the introduction weekend, a lift contest, participation in the Batavierenrace, drinks and the Night of Sociology. The association also organizes a book sale for sociology students.

Op kamers in Groningen

55216studenten studerend
31914studenten woonachtig   
€ 303gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
21 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
bron: Nationale Studenten Enquête

aan het woord: studenten en docenten

Merlijn de Lange
It is about solving social problems through the analysis of social networks.

I came across this programme by accident. I went to an information session for prospective Master's students and was considering either a Research Master's or the Dutch-taught Crime and Security Master's programme. The presentation for Social Networks in a Sustainable Society was scheduled between those two, so I stayed and listened while I was waiting. It sounded so much more interesting than what I originally had in mind that I chose it.

I'm very satisfied with my choice. I really enjoy the programme. The lecturers developed it from scratch, and it shows: they are incredibly enthusiastic...
But that's very interesting as well. It's about solving societal problems by analysing social networks.
For instance, one of the cases we studied was about HIV prevention in the homeless. A prevention method did exist, but it was expensive and didn't work very well. By examining the structure of homeless people's social networks and how these could be used to prevent HIV infection, the researchers were able to develop a much cheaper and more effective method.
I'm currently doing a placement at the Court of Audit, which I'm thrilled with, because it gives me the opportunity to do research that really means something. The project I'm working on is about education for children with special needs. I'm investigating how schools work together with various organizations in order to provide this.
This Master's programme could land you anywhere. My classmates have done placements at the Institute for Social Research in Friesland, with the police and at the Northern Netherlands Centre for Drug Rehabilitation. Social network analysis is a relatively new discipline and the demand for specialists in the field is high. That means this programme offers good career prospects. But most importantly, it's a really interesting programme to follow.

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disclaimer: bovenstaande cijfers en beoordelingen zijn aangeleverd door de opleidingen zelf. Wij kunnen de juistheid niet garanderen.

Feiten en / studie in cijfers

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In 2015 hebben meer dan 200.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

Social Networks in a Sustainable Society aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen is beoordeeld door 32 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 4 uit 5.

Na de studie

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Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

This program will give you the knowledge and skills to analyse and help improve social policies across a range of domains, train you to become an applied researcher or policy developer in government, profit and non-profit organisations and provide you with applied knowledge for the analysis of social networks, to give you the edge in improving the functioning of organisations and communities.
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T: 050-3639011
Merlijn de Lange

Any questions? You can email a current student

Rafael Wittek

Coordinator master programme

Study Advisor Sociology

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