Graduate School of Social Sciences

Study programme

Sociology: Social Problems and Social Policy (MSc)

Programme outline

This programme starts in September. Fulfiling the requirements should take one year of full-time study.

First semester 

The programme (60 ECTS) starts with a theory course in Sociological Perspectives and a Thematic Core Course which is part of the track. In the second block students follow an elective, preferably relevant to the topic of the thesis. The first semester ends with an intensive Winter School in methods. Different courses are offered in both quantitative and qualitative methodology.

During the semester students will also follow a course in Labour Market Orientation, preparing them for the labour market.

Second semester

In the second semester, students start with an additional elective or an internship, alongside a thesis seminar in which they will write their research proposal. The programme is concluded with a Master's thesis.


Students have the opportunity to replace one of the electives (6 ECTS) with an internship. An internship provides students not only with relevant work experience but also with the possibility to put classroom theory into practice. 


The Master’s in Sociology culminates in the writing of a thesis, which is the final test of your academic skills. Your thesis should show your ability to carry out independent and creative research, written up in a format which adheres to academic conventions. This makes your thesis not only the most important and most challenging, but also the hardest part of your Master’s programme. 

The Master’s thesis is supervised in thematic thesis groups, which start in the beginning of the second semester. They usually consist of 5 to 10 students. Each track has its own thematic thesis groups.

Degree requirements

The Master of Science degree (60 ECTS) is awarded only after successful completion of all the course requirements and the Master's thesis.

Detailed course information

The complete description of all courses in this programme can be found in the online UvA Course Catalogue.

Published by  GSSS

Graduate School of Social Sciences

14 June 2016