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Social Sciences (Research Msc)
'The reason for me to choose the Research Master Social Sciences was in the first place its offer of methods and courses. The programme is characterised by a wealth of choices that students can make. The positive side is that students can use the courses to work towards their thesis, which is the ultimate finish line of the programme. However, I had, just like some other students, not yet decided what I wanted to research for my thesis. Thus the choices to be made felt overwhelming sometimes. If I were to give future students advice, it would definitely be that they should try to figure out what they find interesting and rather a bit specific already, as they can work with this during the courses.'
Oskar Verkaaik is the Programme Director of the Research Master's Social Sciences.
“I strongly believe that an academic career combines both research and teaching, if only because teaching forces me to stay in touch with developments outside the field of my research interests. I cannot imagine myself as a full-time researcher nor as a full-time teacher. It is great privilege to be able to do both.”
To meet fellow students and take part in social and study-related activities, you can become a member of a study association, join events organised by SBS International or Amsterdam United or visit the UvA's Sports Centre or CREA.