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Dear colleague,

In the academic year of 2013-2014, the Department of Sociology and the Interuniversity Center for Social Science Theory and Methodology (ICS) at Utrecht University offer again the two-year research master's programme Sociology and Social Research (SaSR).

Sociology and Social Research is the only specialized two-year research Master’s programme in sociology in the Netherlands. Our programme is completely taught in English and offers structured and systematic training in theoretically and methodologically  advanced research in sociology and in the social sciences in general.



We are currently looking for talented candidates for the academic year 2013-2014. Courses for this group will start on September 1, 2013. We would be very grateful if you could inform talented students on our programme. Students from outside the Netherlands are explicitly encouraged to apply.


Admission to the program is selective. The number of new students per year is limited to +/-20. The next opportunity to apply for the programme is before April, 1st, 2013.



More information

A brief summary of important features of Sociology and Social Research can be found below. Detailed information on the programme is available at our website, www.uu.nl/sasr,  where you can also watch a short video about our programme and meet some students, graduates and teachers


Information about the Department of Sociology of Utrecht University and the ICS is available at www.uu.nl/sbs/ics.


Please do not hesitate to contact me for any inquiries about the programme and about admission procedures.

Kind regards, Beate Volker,

Coordinator Sociology and Social Research



Sociology and Social Research – Utrecht University


Special features of the programme include:


• A problem-driven approach with a substantive focus on topics such as social networksand social capital, migration, social integration, stratification and inequality,households, and organizations.

• A strong focus on the integration of social theory and methods of data-analysis.

• Hands on experience in state of the art techniques of social science data analysis.

• Hands on experience in writing a publishable research article: the master's thesis that completes the programme is written in the format of an article. Many students have had article versions of their theses accepted for publication in journals like Social Forces, Social Networks, Journal of Marriage and the Family, or European Union Politics. In addition, quite some students meanwhile gained prizes and awards for their theses.

• The programme comprises a master class taught by an outstanding visiting professorfrom abroad. Previous visiting professors include Andreas Diekmann, ETH Zurich; Hartmut Esser, Mannheim; Frank Kalter, Mannheim; Hans-Peter Blossfeld, Bamberg; Ted Mouw, North Carolina, Walter Muller, Mannheim; Anthony Heath, Oxford; DanielMcFarland, Stanford. Bonnie Erickson, Toronto, will be our visiting professor in 2013.

• Sociology and Social Research students themselves organize a mini-conference ontheir own research projects.

• Students are encouraged to participate in summer schools like Essex or Ljubljana.

• Students benefit from intensive supervision. Instructors involved in teaching and supervision include prominent researchers such as Vincent Buskens, Tanja van derLippe, Ineke Maas, Paul Nieuwbeerta, Anne-Rigt Poortman, Frank van Tubergen, BeateVolker, Jeroen Weesie, and others. Students likewise benefit from much interactionand collaboration in a relatively small group of peers.


• The quality of the programme can be inferred, among other things, from numerousfavorable external evaluations of research and teaching in Sociology at UtrechtUniversity and the ICS. Sociology and Social Research is currently the best researchmaster’s programme in the Netherlands across all disciplines in the social and

behavioral sciences voted by NVAO (the Dutch-Flanders Organization for Accreditationof educational programmes).

• The profile of the programme ensures that the labor market position of alumni is excellent: students who have completed the programme are very successful inacquiring subsequent positions as PhD students all over the world, as researchers in institutes and organizations outside the university system or as trainees in

management or governmental organizations.


The target group of students consists of promising students with a Bachelor's degree or an equivalent period of at least three years of undergraduate study and qualifications that justify the expectation of successful completion of the in due time. This includes students with a BA in Sociology or in the Social Sciences, broadly conceived and including Economics, Political Sciences, Public Administration, Demography, and (Social) Psychology and also Applied Statistics. While the programme is designed for students with above average grades, motivation of students and affinity with the programme have proven to be of greatest importance. Applicants with deficiencies in methods and statistics can be admitted conditional upon participation in a methods and statistics summer course right before the start of the first year of the programme that is offered specifically for incoming research master's students by the Graduate School of Social and Behavioral Sciences of Utrecht University.


About 50% of the students are from outside the Netherlands, up to now including students from Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, various countries in Central and Eastern Europe as well as students from, e.g., China, Hungary, Israel, Taiwan, and Turkey. Some teaching and research assistantships are available for students. Also, some financial support is available for participation in summer schools outside the Netherlands (for example, Essex, Ljubljana, and Ann Arbor).


Admission to the programme is selective. The number of new students per year is limited to +/-20.



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