Radboud University

Radboud University

Social and Cultural Science


Postbus 9101-117

Nijmegen, Gelderland


Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M. Sc - Social and Cultural Science

Format: Campus

Program Description:

This Master's programme provides you with a thorough training in empirical research in the context of contemporary society. Taking a multidisciplinary perspective, you compare such social issues as inequality, poverty, the decline of organized religion, minorities and conflict and social cohesion in different countries - a unique approach in Europe. The programme is designed for all those who want to understand how society works and why countries differ from each other. 

The emphasis in this programme is on methodology and research skills. You learn how to translate social problems into empirical research questions and which methods are most suitable to obtain an answer to those questions. This might be quantitative or qualitative research. The Nijmegen Institute of Social and Cultural Research (NISCO) has a rich data archive and it participates in several international surveys, such as the multi-country European Social Survey. 

A recent evaluation by external experts rated our programme as one of the best in the Netherlands. The research carried out in our research institute NISCO was assessed as “good to excellent”. We ensure quality in the programme by limiting the number of participants to 15 and aim to attract ambitious students who are not afraid of a challenge. You will follow specially designed training modules, be given your own workplace (equipped with a PC) and receive personal guidance and supervision.

About 50% of our graduates go on to do a PhD either in the Netherlands or abroad. They 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 Strasburg). Our graduates also work in a variety of other research agencies and for government.

This programme was recently awarded the quality label ‘Top Programme' in the Netherlands in the Keuzegids Masters 2015 (Guide to Master's programmes).


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International Student Requirements:

In order to get admission to this Master's you will need a completed Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, Cultural Anthropology, Development Studies, Communication Science or another social science. In some instances we also give admittance to students with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Human Geography, Spatial Planning or another Management Science. We do advise students without a diploma in the social sciences to take a social science minor during their Bachelor’s programme that includes training in regression analysis and methods. A proof of English proficiency is required to students who would like to take part in this programme. A letter of motivation should be included and you should explain why you want to attend this programme and why you think you are suited for this programme. Attached to this letter should be a resume with photo, list of grades and two reference letters from lecturers. An interview (face-to-face or via Skype) will follow before you are admitted to the programme. Applicants will need to send in two letters of recommendation by lectures or supervisors (including contact details).

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 120 EC

In State Tuition (per year): 2,006 EUR

Out State Tuition (per year): 9,432 EUR

Classification: Unknown

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