Social Sciences

Master degree
24 months
Application deadlines: 11 January
Intakes: September
International tuition: €16,335
Domestic tuition: €2,083

Program overview

Research Master's programmes are two-year programmes specifically designed for excellent students aiming for a career in research. These programmes include additional research methodology, skills training, as well as hands-on experience in the research groups of the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research. The programmes prepare students for writing a PhD thesis and an academic career, as well as for a research oriented career outside academia.

Study options

This program can be done
On campus


Bachelor's degree Students with a Bachelor’s degree in the fields of political science, sociology, anthropology or another closely related social sciences discipline, are invited to apply, provided that they meet all other entry requirements. International degrees are evaluated on the basis of advice from professional diploma evaluators. The minimum level of the degree should be equivalent to three years of Dutch university education. Social Sciences Applicants are expected to have a solid basis in the field of social science studies of (the equivalent of) at least 30 ECTS credits earned during previous study. Research methodology Applicants should have a solid basis in qualitative and quantitative social sciences research methodology as demonstrated by the completion of (the equivalent of) at least 30 ECTS during previous study. Upon entry to the Master's programme, students are expected to be able to: Understand advantages and disadvantages of different research methods and a mixed methods approach. Have knowledge of and experience in more than one of the following research techniques: surveys, interviews, statistical analysis, participant observation and historical research methods. Grade average Study results obtained in previous education should demonstrate that a student is able to attain and maintain an excellent standard, especially in the fields of social sciences and research methodology. Undergraduate studies should be completed with an overall grade average of at least a B+/A­ /3.5 (American system), second class, upper division Honours degree (British system), B (ECTS system), 7.5 (Dutch system) or equivalent. English language proficiency As the Master's programme will be highly demanding and fully taught in English, a high level of English language proficiency is expected of all applicants. All students must be able to read textbooks, understand lectures, take part in classroom discussions and give presentations in English.

Career opportunities

Graduates of this programme will be able to work in academic or non-academic research environments. The programme provides a good foundation for PhD study, as well as for work in public research organisations and non-academic research institutions in the private sector. The Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research offers PhD programmes in the field of social sciences. Specific career examples from alumni are: PhD-student and/or Assistant Professor (in a.o. Political Science, Sociology, Anthropology, Urban Studies, mainly at University of Amsterdam, but also at a.o. Erasmus University Rotterdam, Tilburg University, VU University Amsterdam, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid) Research Assistant, Dutch Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR) Political Assistant to city senator, Amsterdam municipality Policy Advisor, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs Qualitative research consultant for opinion polling agency TNS NIPO Analyst at Accenture (consultancy, technology services, outsourcing)