Deze opleiding

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This programme focuses on teaching students how to perform high-quality comparative research, with special emphasis on the degree of inequality, cohesion and modernisation in society.

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typeonderzoek, 120 EC
start1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur2 jaar voltijd
numerus fixusnee
honoursheeft honours track
More and more comparative questions on societies are being raised. At Radboud University we believe that answers to comparative questions are more informative, lead to a better understanding of societal phenomena and processes, and therefore have more scientific and social importance than answers to questions about one society in one historical period.

This programme therefore fully focuses on teaching students how to perform high-quality comparative research. We look into the degree of inequality, cohesion and modernisation in both Western and non-Western societies. You'll learn how to translate social problems into empirical research questions and understand the diverse theoretical approaches, research designs, data collections and analyses you need to get the answers you are looking for.
Master's programme in Social and Cultural Science

Waarom aan de Radboud Universiteit?

What's distinctive about the approach at Radboud University, is that we synthesise theories of different disciplines, especially when comparing societies. We teach all our Master's students the micro and macro theoretical approaches of the disciplines sociology, anthropology and development studies. This multidisciplinary approach will help you develop new, more robust methods to address questions about societies, creating the potential to arrive at fundamentally new insights.
This programme is linked to the Radboud Social Cultural Research (Radboud SCR) who offer an excellent research environment and have extensive social science databases that students are free to use.


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opbouwThe Master's programme in Social and Cultural Science is taught at the Faculty of Social Sciences. It has a course load of 120 EC (two years). The courses fall into five categories: Research questions and theories (9 EC), Research methods (15 EC), Research application (24 EC), Research training (60 EC) and Electives (12 EC).

Some courses in the first three categories are compulsory and sometimes you can choose a course from a short list of options.
1e jaar
Comparative Societal Questions
3 EC
Advanced Regression Analysis B
3 EC
Comparative Economic Research (kies 2/3)
6 EC
Radicalisation (Specialisation: Comparing Societies)
6 EC
Comparative Development Research (Specialisation: Comparing Societies) (Kies 2/3) onderzoek
6 EC
Theorizing Solidarities (Specialisation Changing Societies)
6 EC
Advanced Regression Analysis A (Specialisation Changing Societies)
3 EC
Comparative Methodology
3 EC
Advanced Research Methods (Specialisation Changing Societies)
6 EC
Advanced Regression Analysis C (Specialisation: Comparing Societies)
3 EC
Comparative sociological research (Specialisation: Comparing Societies)
6 EC
Comparative research project onderzoek
12 EC
Structural Equation Modeling (Specialisation: Comparing Societies)
3 EC
Comparative Anthropological Research (Kies 2/3) onderzoek
6 EC
Cultural Diversity, Markets and Equality
6 EC
Categorical data analysis
3 EC
2e jaar
Diversity in Organisations onderzoek
6 EC
Comparative Development Research (Specialisation Changing Societies)
6 EC
Social Networks (Specialisation: Comparing Societies)
6 EC
Master's Thesis afstuderen
36 EC
Free elective courses keuzevak
12 EC


specialisatie Comparing Societies: Questions Regarding Cohesion and Inequality

specialisatie Changing Societies: Questions Regarding Cultural Diversity and Inequality


taal van onderwijs100% en
lecture, individual assignment, literature study, research, research project, research proposal, self study
study abroad
The second year offers students the opportunity for optional Master's courses (in total 12 EC), offered within or outside the department or even Radboud University. Students can also opt to do a research internship of 12 EC to experience the professional side of empirical research in practice. If you wish, you could take courses at a university abroad or do an internship outside of the Netherlands. Both the elective courses or internship need to be approved by the Examination Board.
honours-/excellence program Disciplinary Honours Programme for Master's students

This programme gives you the chance to carry out a research project or internship at an internationally renowned laboratory or research institute.

Toelating en kosten


1 september 2020

aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2020
wettelijk tarief : € 2143 (€1072 in het eerste jaar)

The application procedure differs depending on whether candidates obtained their prior education in the Netherlands or abroad. Check our website for more information:

Foreign students: in order to take part in this programme, you need to have fluency in both written and spoken English.

A completed Bachelor's degree in Social and Cultural Science or closely related area

reference letter
Applicants will need to send in two letters of recommendation by lectures or supervisors

In this letter of motivation you should explain why you want to attend this programme and why you think you are suited for this programme.

inbegrepen in collegegeld
registration fee

estimated monthly costs

bron: Nibud
315kamerhuur in Nijmegenrond het landelijk gemiddelde
172collegegeldop basis van € 2060 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1183totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
Hiernaast staat een overzicht van de gemiddelde kosten die een uitwonende student heeft. Niet iedere student heeft met iedere kostenpost te maken. Het totaalgemiddelde is dus niet gelijk aan de optelsom van alle kostenposten.

Bekijk ook de uitgebreide toelichting: wat kost studeren?

Studenten en studentenleven


28 studenten volgen deze opleiding
57% daarvan is vrouw
2 eerstejaars gestart in 2017
50% daarvan is vrouw
20442 studenten aan de Radboud Universiteit
57% daarvan is vrouw
bron: StudieData

Op kamers in Nijmegen

41385studenten studerend
18288studenten woonachtig   
€ 315gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
20 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
bron: Nationale Studenten Enquête

Feiten en / studie in cijfers


bron: Nationale Studenten Enquete
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De Nationale Studenten Enquete is het grootschalige onderzoek van de overheid onder studenten in Nederland naar de kwaliteit van opleidingen aan hogescholen en universiteiten.
In 2017 hebben meer dan 280.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

Social Cultural Science aan de Radboud Universiteit is beoordeeld door 28 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 4.1 uit 5.

Na de studie

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Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

Most of our graduates go on to do a PhD, either in the Netherlands or abroad. Our graduates are also well qualified for policy or research work in national and international market research organisations and for jobs with a statistical component (for example, with EUROSTAT in Strasbourg). Our graduates also work in a variety of other research agencies and in government agencies.

Potentiële beroepen

coördinator sociologisch onderzoek
directeur onderzoeksinstelling sociale wetenschappen
leidinggevende sociaal-wetenschappelijk onderzoek
projectleider-coördinator sociaal-wetenschappelijk onderzoek
sociaal-wetenschappelijk onderzoeker
bron: CBS


Dr. Jochem Tolsma

Programme director

T: +31 24 3613017
Meer informatie?
Bezoek de website van deze opleiding.

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