This two-year programme starts in September. It consists of:
The curriculum might be slightly changed from year to year. Fulfillment of all the requirements should take two years of full-time study.
Students choose for one out of three methods tracks: the empirical-analytical track, the interpretative track, or the mixed track. Students follow compulsory and elective methods courses within their chosen methods track.
We aim to balance between the multidisciplinary nature of the social sciences on the one hand, and the specialised training in key research areas required in basic research on the other. Hence, the RMSS offers three thematic specialisations, each with their own faculty, elective courses, and specialisation tutors:
The Master’s Thesis is in the form of an academic article or a monograph, both based on individual research by the student. The research is carried out and the manuscript is written under the supervision of a thesis supervisor, chosen in agreement with the student and the specialisation tutor. The research proposal and the manuscript will be read by a second reader/co-examiner. The academic article should be of a length between 7,000 and 15,000 (let op komma) words, the monograph should be of a length between 20,000 and 25,000 words, whereas both manuscripts should be written in accordance with established formats of the relevant journal(s) within the disciplinary and thematic field that fits the research topic.
The MSc in Social Sciences is awarded upon completion of 120 ECTS credits, including all required courses in the curriculum and a written Master's thesis, which is based on an independent research project.
The complete description of all courses in this programme can be found in the online UvA Course Catalogue.