Societal Resilience (research)

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

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How does society deal with complex global issues like migration? How do communities bounce back after tragedies? This Research Master's investigates and develops solutions for broad social issues.

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typeonderzoek, 0 EC
start1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur2 jaar voltijd
numerus fixusnee
The Societal Resilience programme is deliberately broad, covering four key themes: diversity and inclusive communities; dynamics of interconnectedness; care and welfare; and governance reform – these courses are all co-taught by social scientists from different backgrounds. At the same time, you'll learn qualitative and quantitative methods of analysing both big and small data, like advanced data mining algorithms, scraping tools to collect data, qualitative and computational text analysis, and online network analysis. The VU Amsterdam offers a unique proposition: while other computational social science programmes focus more on data methodologies, Societal Resilience applies these methods to real-world problems. What's more, you'll develop communication, self-reflection and project management skills to be able to collaborate in multi-disciplinary teams, all of which will be highly valuable in the job market. By the end of the programme, you'll be on track to become the researcher of the future.

Waarom aan de Amsterdam VU?

  • You're on track to become the researcher of the future – someone who uses the latest in data techniques to solve tomorrow's social challenges.
  • It's a unique proposition: While other computational social science programmes focus more on data methodologies, Societal Resilience applies these methods to real-world problems.
  • Each thematic course is co-taught by social scientists from different backgrounds – for example, the diversity course is led by an anthropologist and a quantitative sociologist.
  • Amsterdam as a city – and the Netherlands as a country – is home to a host of international companies and research institutes. A great place to start for your internship – and your career.
  • VU Amsterdam has a reputation for research integrity, which means the programme also covers the ethical perspective on big data.

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taal van onderwijs100% en
onderwijsopzet25% zelfstudie
25% theorie
50% praktijk
case study, computer exercise, excursion, group discussion, group assignment, lecture, individual assignment, literature study, oral presentation, research, research project, research proposal, poster presentation, practicum, project, seminar, internship, exhibition, tutorial, working group, workshop, self evaluation, self study

Toelating en kosten


1 september 2019

aanmelding deadline : 1 juni 2019
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1 september 2020

aanmelding deadline : 1 juni 2020
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  • Bachelor's degree in social or behavioural sciences, completed with a GPA of at least 7.5 (Dutch grading system) or the international equivalent. You can also apply with a degree in other fields such as mathematics, informatics, econometrics, operations research, computational linguistics, digital humanities, geography, or psychology, if you have a clear interest in social issues.
  • English level – IELTS: 7, TOEFL: 100; Cambridge: C1.
  • In your CV – please include names and contact information for two references. One of these may be non-academic. You do not need to send letters of recommendation.
  • In your motivation letter – extracurricular activities like volunteer work are an advantage.
  • For the full application procedure, please visit:





estimated monthly costs

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424kamerhuur in Amsterdamboven landelijk gemiddelde
172collegegeldop basis van € 2060 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1292totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
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58% daarvan is vrouw
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Op kamers in Amsterdam

115129studenten studerend
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€ 424gemiddelde kamerprijs
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21 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
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Na de studie

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What can you do with Societal Resilience?
The skills training you'll receive during the programme will foster your ability to work in multi-disciplinary teams on data-intensive research projects. You'll learn how to communicate with colleagues who are specialists in particular topics, and how to ask the right questions when it comes to pulling data.
Where can you get started?
A Master's degree in Societal Resilience will help you understand your options for what comes next – the programme offers guest lectures every two weeks by speakers from the corporate world, NGOs, government departments and more.

Can you go straight into the business world?
Yes. Many large corporations are collecting vast amounts of data, but their understanding of what to do with that data is limited. There's a clear need for business analysts with experience in mining big data for a range of purposes.

Which further studies can you follow?
A Master's programme in Societal Resilience is also a great entry point to a PhD. Your research proposal and Master's thesis will be great preparation both for your PhD topic and when applying for funding.


T: (020) 598 5000
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