Graduate School of Social Sciences

Study programme

Sociology: Urban Sociology (MSc)

Programme outline

This programme starts in September. Fulfilling 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 a component of the track. In the second block students take 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 and a thesis seminar in which they write their research proposal. The programme is concluded with a Master's thesis.   

Thesis

The Master’s in Sociology culminates in the writing of a thesis, which is the ultimate 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 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 at the beginning of the second semester. They usually consist of 5 to 10 students. Each track has its own thematic thesis group.

Degree requirements

The Master of Science degree is awarded upon completion of 60 ECTS, including all required courses in the curriculum and a written Master's thesis, which is based on an independent research project.

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