In the first block (first eight weeks in September and October), students will follow two general courses on social theory and research ethics. During this period students also have the opportunity to get acquainted with the programme and staff members, and to choose their (thematic and) methodological specialisation. The methodological specialisation consists of a compulsory methods course in block 2 and 3, followed by a series of methods electives and other compulsory courses. The thematic course work consists of thematic electives and a reading course (optional).
For students who go on fieldwork, the second year broadly consists of fieldwork, possibly an internship, preparation for the thesis writing, and the writing of the thesis. For students who do not go on fieldwork, the first semester of the second year consists of an internship and a number of method courses. The second semester consists of independent research and thesis writing in the form of an academic article or a monograph. All students follow three short workshops in Academic and Professional skills as well.
A broad overview of the curriculum can be found on our student website.
The curriculum might be slightly changed from year to year. Fulfillment of all the requirements should take two years of full-time study.
The complete description of all courses in this programme can be found in the online UvA Course Catalogue.
Upon successful completion of the Research Master's programme in Social Sciences students receive a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Social Sciences (Research).
The quality of this Master’s degree has been accredited by the Accreditation Organisation of The Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO) in conformity with the Higher Education and Scientific Research Act (WHW) under registration number 60214. This means that the MSc degree is legally recognised.
You can find more information on accreditation and degrees through the links below.