Deze opleiding

The Master's in Sociology and Social Research focuses on theoretically and methodologically advanced research in sociology; the aim is to develop testable theories to explain social phenomena.

This programme is interdisciplinary in nature and focuses on theoretically and methodologically advanced research in the field of sociology and the social sciences. The substantive focus is on topics such as social networks and social capital, trust and cooperation, social integration, stratification and inequality, households, organizations, and policy studies. Students learn to develop theories that are testable explanations of social phenomena rather than conceptual systems devoid of empirical content. They also learn to test such theories using authoritative empirical data-sets and state of the art tools of social science research methodology and data analysis. The integration of social theory, empirical research, and methods of data-analysis is a core feature of the programme. The programme offers many and varied career opportunities. Looking for more information? On you will find more information on the study programme, on where our alumni start their professional careers and much more.


diplomaMSc Sociology and Social Research (research)
typeonderzoek, 120 EC
start1 september
taalvolledig Engels
opleidingsduur2 jaar voltijd
maximum aantal plaatsen: 20
geen honoursprogramma

Waarom aan de Utrecht?

Sociology and Social Research is currently the best research master's programme in the Netherlands across all disciplines in the social and behavioural sciences voted by NVAO.
Also, it is chosen by Elsevier's as the overall best Sociology Department in the Netherlands with the best bachelor's and master's programs, the best teachers in Sociology, and the best publication record.
The programme's international character offers you global perspectives on sociology topics as well as a broad range of research opportunities. About 40% of our students come from abroad, famous international experts teach masterclasses, and you will have the opportunity to follow courses abroad. You will also have the opportunity to make choices that fit your goals, such as choosing to do an internship and writing your thesis at other institutions or research groups in the Netherlands or abroad.

Your teachers will include staff members with strong international reputations from Utrecht University's Department of Sociology and the ICS. Instructors involved in teaching the programme and supervising students include prominent researchers such as Vincent Buskens, Rense Corten, Bram Lancee, Frank van Tubergen, and Ineke Maas.

You will enjoy personalised supervision from your easily approachable teachers and supervisors, and work closely with small groups of fellow students. Experience shows that you will build a network and maintain close contacts with your fellow students, teachers, and supervisors after graduation

Open dagen en meeloopdagen

Master's Open Day Utrecht
De Master's Open Day van de Universiteit Utrecht is op woensdag 4 oktober 2017. Tijdens deze avond geven vrijwel alle masterprogramma's van de universiteit voorlichting. Van 17:00 uur tot 21:30 uur op diverse locaties in de binnenstad, op de internationale campus en op het Utrecht Science Park.
Master's Open Day Utrecht
De Master's Open Day van de Universiteit Utrecht is op vrijdag 9 februari 2018. Tijdens deze avond geven vrijwel alle masterprogramma's van de universiteit voorlichting. Van 13:30 uur tot 18:15 uur op diverse locaties in de binnenstad, op de internationale campus en op het Utrecht Science Park.


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In the substantive courses of the first year, you will learn about relevant theories and theoretical perspectives.
In the two Methodology and Statistics (M&S) courses, you will learn to use advanced methods and statistical techniques, making use of the intensive approach of “learning by doing”. In these courses, you will be trained in doing research in a way that complies with the guidelines of academic integrity.
In the two Research practicals, insights from the theoretical M&S courses are related to each other. You will do empirical research on a theory-driven research question, integrating methodological and technical knowledge acquired in the programme.

In the second year, your MSc thesis is the central part of your curriculum. Through the electives, you will gain more in-depth knowledge of an issue related to your thesis. You will also gain relevant research and/or labour market experiences during a short internship. In the two research seminars, you will be supervised by individual supervisors.

Normally, your thesis is developed as a scientific article for an international journal. A very sizeable number of our students' theses are published, quite often in renowned journals like Social Forces, Social Networks, Journal of Marriage, and Family and European Union Politics.

1e jaar
Methods and statistics 1: Regression analysis and its generalizations
7.5 EC
Family and social inequality
7.5 EC
Theory construction and model building
7.5 EC
Field orientation and skills
7.5 EC
Methods and statistics 2: Structural equation modelling and multilevel analysis
7.5 EC
Social networks: theory and empirics
7.5 EC
Starting with your thesis
7.5 EC
Research practical 2: social networks analysis
7.5 EC
2e jaar
Elective and research experience
15 EC
Research seminar I: building a theory
7.5 EC
Master's thesis
22.5 EC
Research seminar II: analysing, reporting and discussing your findings
7.5 EC


taal van onderwijs100% en
In this two-year Master's programme, you will learn to operate as a highly qualified social science researcher with a clear focus on social cohesion and inequality. You will also learn to integrate sociological theory and empirical research by means of state-of-the-art statistical analyses. Your studies will fully equip you to become a PhD candidate.

Toelating en studiekosten

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1 september 2017
aanmelding deadline : 1 april 2017
wettelijk tarief : € 2006
instellingstarief : € 10237
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 15167
1 september 2018
aanmelding deadline : 1 april 2018
collegegeld nog niet bekend


We ask for a GPA of 3.4. Students with a GPA between 3.0 and 3.4 may be eligible and will have a chance of being selected if their previous studies fit well within the programme, according to the programme's admissions committee.

This research master programme has a statistical entrance requirement, which entails the following:

(i) a basic course in introductory statistics including topics such: univariate descriptive statistics, correlation, univariate regression, one-way analysis of variance (both descriptive and inferential) and a basic course in the methodology of behavioural and/or social science research (experimentation, surveys, observational studies);
(ii) knowledge of multivariate analysis tools such as factor analysis, reliability, multiple regression, analysis of variance, dummy variables;
(iii) hands on experience with the tools just mentioned (for example, experience with SPSS).

In total, it is expected that students have followed courses for about 20 ECTS. If either (ii) or (iii) is (partly) lacking, this can be remedied in a course of multivariate analysis offered by the Summer School of Utrecht University.

We ask for a motivational letter including curriculum vitae, and two reference letters.

Inschatting maandelijkse studiekosten

bron: Nibud
336kamerhuur in Utrechtrond het landelijk gemiddelde
158collegegeldop basis van € 1906 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1204totale 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.

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Studenten en studentenleven


23 studenten volgen deze opleiding
65% daarvan is vrouw
6 eerstejaars gestart in 2014
67% daarvan is vrouw
30354 studenten aan de Universiteit Utrecht
59% daarvan is vrouw
bron: StudieData

Op kamers in Utrecht

66691studenten studerend
31446studenten woonachtig   
€ 336gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
18 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
bron: Nationale Studenten Enquête

Feiten en / studie in cijfers

bron: Nationale Studenten Enquete 2015
algemeen oordeel4.44.4


De Nationale Studenten Enquete is het grootschalige onderzoek van de overheid onder studenten in Nederland naar de kwaliteit van opleidingen aan hogescholen en universiteiten.
In 2015 hebben meer dan 200.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

Sociology and Social Research aan de Universiteit Utrecht is beoordeeld door 16 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 4.4 uit 5.

Na de studie

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As a graduate of this programme, you will be a highly trained researcher and well-qualified to work as a scientific researcher in the social sciences.

Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

There is a need in society for well-trained researchers with extensive knowledge of social science theories and methodologies. This Master programme connects with current major social issues and prepares you for a scientific career, whether in academia (PhD training), research institutes, or government organisations. You will also be prepared for a non-scientific career path.
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salaris na 1,5 jaar slecht
kans op een vaste baan gemiddeld
bron: Elsevier beste banen 2015

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Potentiële beroepen

  • coördinator sociologisch onderzoek
  • directeur onderzoeksinstelling sociale wetenschappen
  • gedragswetenschapper
  • leidinggevende sociaal-wetenschappelijk onderzoek
  • methodoloog
  • projectleider-coördinator sociaal-wetenschappelijk onderzoek
  • sociaal-wetenschappelijk onderzoeker
bron: CBS


T: 030 2532670
Prof. Ineke Maas

Programme Coordinator

T: (030) 253 4074
Studie-informatiepunt FSW
T: (030) 253 4949
Meer informatie?
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