Sociology: Contemporary Social Problems, M.Sc in Netherlands 2019

Utrecht University

Study in:Netherlands
Deadline: 1 April 2019


The radicalization of Muslim youth is continually in the news and high on the political agenda. What has scientific research revealed about the causes and background of this issue? How should the government and societal actors handle this trend and which policy is effective? An ageing population leads to increasing healthcare costs. How should care for the elderly be structured in order to make it personal and affordable again? The virtual and physical world are increasingly merging. What role does the internet and Sociology play in shaping political and social movements’ ability to self-organize?

In the Sociology: Contemporary Social Problems program offered by Utrecht University, you will learn to translate theory into practice, by using scientific knowledge to design effective concrete (policy) advice for companies or governmental organisations. You will also learn to present research results to a wider audience.

Labour market

There is a significant focus on your transition to the labour market. You will meet experts working for relevant organisations in the professional field. We will help you find an internship, so that you can gain practical work experience. The practical skills you acquire will be very useful during your internship and in your future career: you will learn more about conducting interviews, communications, time management and designing policy advice.


On completion of this master’s program you will be an expert in your chosen domain. You will be able to think interdisciplinarily and translate social science theory into practice. As a result, you will qualify for a number of jobs. You could work in the private, the semi-public or public sector. Potential careers include: applied researcher in the corporate world, policy advisor at a ministry or municipality, project coordinator or consultant.

Program Structure

Courses included:

  • Criminology and Safety: Theories, Trends, and Policies
  • Sociology Track Elective Course
  • Track Elective Course Other Discipline
  • Academic Professional
  • Policy Research and Advice
  • Organisations Theory and Research

Academic Requirements

  • You meet the entry requirements if you have a Bachelor’s degree from a non-Dutch university within in the social sciences that is comparable to a Dutch Bachelor’s degree in terms of level, orientation and scope in terms of demonstrable knowledge of social science theories, contemporary social problems and research methods and statistics.
  • Our Admissions Office will determine whether a non-Dutch academic degree is equivalent to a 3-year Bachelor’s degree at a Dutch research university.
  • If your degree is assessed as less than equivalent to a 3-year Dutch research university degree, or as a bachelor from a university of applied sciences, you are most likely not eligible for admission.


Scholarships, fellowships, and grants offered by Utrecht University, the Dutch government, and other organisations can help fund your studies at the university. Please note that the scholarship options for programs starting in February are limited. You can begin your search for funding by reviewing the list below, which contains some of the scholarships and loans available to international students.

  • Holland Scholarship
  • Utrecht Sylff Scholarships – For outstanding graduates from University College Utrecht and Economics and Business Economics (UU)
  • Canadian student loans
  • Fulbright / NAF
  • US Federal Loans
  • Orange Tulip Scholarship
  • Erasmus+ Master loans

Detailed Program Facts

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