Graduate School of Social Sciences

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Social Sciences (Research Msc)

‘The programme is characterised by a wealth of choices that students can make’

Maria Kranendonk

Maria Kranendonk. Photo: Nicole Thijssens

'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.' - Maria Kranendonk

'The programme offers the opportunity to gain professional experience through a research internship'

Erika van Elsas

Erika van Elsas. Photo: Marte van Liere

'Finally, the programme also offers the opportunity to gain professional experience through a research internship. I did my internship in a research project at the Political Science department of the University of Amsterdam. As a Research Master's student, I was entrusted with several responsibilities, from doing the statistical analyses to writing articles and presenting at a conference. Thanks to this fruitful internship, I was able to co-author several academic publications even before my graduation.' - Erika van Elsas

Monique Verhoeven

'I am curious by nature, and I am intrigued by the amount of knowledge we can acquire about human society and relationships using different research methods.'

'This Master's offers a lot of choice which enables students to develop their own ideas under the supervision of experienced and inspiring scholars. In addition, the programme provides students with a broad range of methodological and thematic courses.' - Monique Verhoeven

Published by  GSSS

19 January 2016