The Graduate School of Social Sciences offers several possibilities to make up for (slight) credit deficiencies.
Application for pre-Master's programmes and courses is not needed: the Admissions Committee will assess your application for the Master's programme and decide if a pre-Master's programme or course is needed and if it will sufficiently prepare you for entry to the Master's programme.
Promising Dutch students with a Bachelor's degree in a field related to social sciences, but without sufficient background in human geography, and/or social sciences research methodology, may be admitted provided that they complete a Dutch taught pre-Master’s programme of a maximum of 60 ECTS first. The programme generally starts in September and consists of a selection of courses from the bachelor ‘Sociale Geografie & Planologie’, depending on the already present knowledge of a candidate.
Students who lack knowledge in Human Geography, but are already sufficient in social sciences research methods and do have an academic bachelor degree (for instance students in ‘Politicologie’, ‘Anthropologie’ or ‘Sociologie’), are required to take 30 EC in Geography courses:
Students who lack knowledge in Human Geography and social sciences research methods, but do hold an academic bachelor degree (for instance students in ‘Fysische Geografie’, ‘Economie’ or ‘Geschiedenis’) are required to take 60 EC in Geography and Methodology courses:
Students who have no academic bachelor degree (HBO), but do hold a degree in a related field of study (for instance students ‘Built Environment’ or ‘ROP’) are required to take 60 EC in Geography and Methodology courses:
Students who have no academic bachelor degree (HBO), but do hold a close-related degree in ‘Lerarenopleiding Aardrijkskunde’ are required to take 30 EC in Planning and Methodology courses:
Please note that the Module ‘Leeronderzoek Geografie’ costs EUR 200 extra (accommodation, food and refreshments).
Promising students with slightly less background in social sciences research methodology than needed, may be admitted provided that they complete an intensive research methodology module in the four weeks prior to the Master's programme (July/August).
The tuition fee for the research methodology module in the academic year 2019-2020 is not available yet. Final fees will be announced by 1 December. The fees include lunch on class days, welcome and farewell events.
For more information on the module, please see:
Promising students who do not fully (but nearly) meet the requirements or who are in need of brushing up on their knowledge in the field of social sciences and research methodology, may be admitted provided that they complete a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) or a reading assignment prior to the Master's programme.
For more information on the MOOCs on offer and the fee, please see:
If you have questions regarding admission and application, please contact the Admissions Office at firstname.lastname@example.org