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Are you interested in the complex interaction between individuals and their social environment? As a sociologist you understand how complicated living in a society can be, and you are equipped with knowledge and skills to find solutions for a variety of societal challenges.

The Master's degree programme in Sociology primarily focuses on policy development and research. The various specializations invite students to engage at a deeper level with the skills and knowledge they developed in their Bachelor's degree programme.

University of Groningen Master's students in Sociology can choose from four specializations:

  • Sociology of Employment Relations & Life Course
  • Crime and Safety
  • Sociology of Health, Care and Well being
  • Social Studies

All the specializations in this Master's degree programme help you develop a general conceptual framework that can be applied to a variety of social issues. In addition to compulsory course units within your specialization, you also follow a number of electives.

The degree programme is concluded with an internship and a thesis. We also offer an Educational Master's degree programme in Social Studies.

There is also an international track: Social Networks in a Sustainable Society.

Facts & Figures
MSc in Sociology
Course type
12 months (60 ECTS)
Croho code
Language of instruction
Dutch, English
February, September
Behavioural and Social Sciences
Why study this programme in Groningen?

The master Sociology:

  • was proclaimed 'Top programme' in the Keuzegids 2018 Masters (
  • is centered around the policy cycle
  • offers different routes and an English track: Social Networks in a Sustainable Society

The Groningen Master's degree programme in Sociology centres on the policy cycle. Students follow a fixed core of policy-related course units worth a total of 15 ECTS. In addition there is room for 10 ECTS worth of specialization. Half the programme consists of the final-year project, which requires students to complete a placement (10 ECTS) and write a thesis (20 ECTS). This is an individual final-year project with one-on-one supervision.

The Master's degree programme consists of a compulsory core of policy-related course units. This core consists of four course units from which the students are asked to choose three. As part of the final-year project students complete a placement (10 ECTS) and write a thesis (20 ECTS). The placement and thesis are preceded by the preparatory Research Forum (5 ECTS). The specializations consist of two course units (10 ECTS). All courses are programmed in the first semester.

CoursesCourse Catalog >
A, L&O: Arbeid en levensloop/Labour and life course (5 EC, optional)
A, L&O: Institutionele arrangementen voor A&L/Labour and Empoyment Relations (5 EC, optional)
Beleidsevaluatie/Policy evaluation (5 EC)
Beleidsontwerp/Policy design (5 EC)
C&V: beleid en interventies/Policy and interventions (5 EC, optional)
C&V: theorieën/Theories (5 EC, optional)
G, Z&W: medicalisering/Medicalization (5 EC, optional)
G, Z&W: sociale determinanten van gezondheid/Social determinants of health (5 EC, optional)
Onderzoeksforum/Research forum (5 EC)
P, M&B: Klassieke Werken
P, M&B: Toekomst van de Partijendemocratie
Pro-sociaal gedraag/Pro-social behaviour (5 EC)
Scriptie/thesis (20 EC)
Stage/internship (10 EC)

Study load

6 hours of class and self-study per week on average

De Masteropleiding kent alleen geprogrammeerde contacturen in het eerste semester. Het tweede semester werkt je individueel, maar wel onder begeleiding, aan je afstudeertraject.

Programme options
Crime and Safety (specialization)

Would you like to know how terrorism works and how radicalization develops? Are you interested in crime but also keen to contribute to safety? If so, this is the right specialization for you.

In this one-year specialization you study theories that help you to better understand crime and safety. You also learn how policy-makers deal with crime-related issues. Current policy measures and policy interventions are examined in critical detail. You will also focus on terrorism and radicalization, and immerse yourself in the sociological and sociopsychological processes that underpin these phenomena.

As part of this specialization you follow a research or policy placement. You conclude your degree programme with a thesis.

In order to follow this specialization you must have completed the Bachelor's course unit in Sociology of Crime and Safety.

Sociology of Health, Care and Wellbeing (specialization)

Why do young people start using drugs, and does health depend on social status? In this specialization you learn about the social factors that impact health, care and wellbeing.

In this specialization you learn about the latest developments in the healthcare sector and how you can impact health behaviour.

You study the following themes:

  • Social influences on health, wellbeing and care
  • Theory formation on behaviour that correlates with health and wellbeing and impacts the demand for healthcare
  • Life-course aspects of health, wellbeing and care

This specialization centres on three stages of life: youth, adulthood and old age. For each stage you study how health and wellbeing relate to social influences and developments. Particular attention is paid to the elderly and medicalization. There are no special entry requirements for this specialization, although we advise you to first follow the Bachelor's course unit in Medical Sociology or the pre-Master's programme.

Politiek, Maatschappij & Beleid (specialization)

Deze route is geschikt voor jou als je na je master de één jarige lerarenopleiding wil gaan doen.

Je volgt in deze master twee inhoudelijke cursussen voor het schoolvak Maatschappijleer te weten Klassieke Werken en Toekomst van de partijendemocratie.

Net als bij de andere routes volg je ook in de route Politiek, Maatschappij & Beleid de verplichte beleidskern die bestaat uit drie vakken: Pro-sociaal gedrag, Beleidsontwerp en Beleidsevaluatie. De vakken zijn gebaseerd op verschillende momenten in de beleidscyclus, waarbij zowel het doel als de uitgangssituatie verschillen. Je loop stage en sluit je master af met een scriptie.

Sociology of Employment Relations & Life Course (specialization)

In this specialization we study the growing flexibility of the labour market.

What advantages does it have to offer to citizens and companies, and how should this kind of transitional labour market be organized? This specialization prepares you for positions in research and decision-making. The specialization consists of two course units: Labour and Life Course and Labour and Employment Relations.

In addition, you have to follow three courses in the compulsory core policy course units: Pro-social Behaviour, Policy Design and Policy Evaluation. These course units focus on various points in the policy cycle that differ with respect to both their objective and their starting point.

As part of the degree programme, you also follow a placement and conclude the programme with a thesis.

Social Studies (specialization)


Are you interested in society and would you like to teach? In the teacher training programme in Social Studies you deepen your knowledge of sociology and learn how to bring it across to secondary-school students.This two-year Educational Master's degree programme trains students to become grade-one teachers in Social Studies. The degree programme includes a didactic and a substantive component.

The substantive programme is a combination of course units in political science and sociology. These course units are offered at the Sociology department or at the Law Faculty. In addition you are required to write a thesis. The didactic programme trains you to become a grade one teacher. In this programme you learn to make the workings of our society transparent to secondary-school students. You also learn how to invite your students to reflect on different perspectives on society. The first year focuses primarily on the substantive programme and on deepening your knowledge of sociology. It also includes a short placement at a secondary school. The second year centres on the didactic programme and you follow a more extensive placement in upper secondary education. To this end, one day a week is kept free of lectures, mentor meetings and group assignments. After completing this two-year Master's degree programme you will be in possession of a university degree and a grade-one teaching qualification.

Social Networks in a Sustainable Society (track)

How do social networks hold together or keep apart families and communities, or boost creativity in firms? And how do personal ties influence your health, career, or your choice of a partner?

Everyone is connected. If you want to know more about how visible and hidden social networks often make the difference, our master track will equip you with the analytical, methodological, and policy making tools to:* detect and properly describe hidden social network structures and processes,* explain the origins, dynamics, and impact of networks in a wide range of policy domains,* assess how informal networks interact with formal policies,* design network interventions and evaluate their effectiveness.Drawing on a unique combination of skills, this master track bridges the applied field of policy design with the latest insights of network science. You will learn to apply social network theories to a wide range of societal problems; you will use cutting-edge tools and methods to analyse quantitative and qualitative network data; and you will apply this knowledge with the aim of developing policies for sustainable cooperation.

More information about this option

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional
  • For an average of 20 weeks
  • Maximum of 30 EC

The final-year project can be completed abroad. Although the degree programme can provide some support in this context, a stay abroad must be initiated by the student.

Entry requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
previous education

Bachelor Sociologie of een afgeronde pre-master Sociologie in Groningen.

other admission requirements

Voor studenten met een andere Bachelor dan Sociologie (HBO of WO): pre-master Sociologie. De Toelatingscommissie baseert toelating en pre-master van externe studenten op basis van vooropleiding. Een afgeronde bachelor is vereist.

De pre-master Sociologie is een 1-jarig voltijds programma. Het programma omvat 60 EC en bestaat uit Sociologische kernvakken. Pre-master start in september. Aanmelding pre-master: 1april -1 juli Informatie/aanmelden:

Transfer options

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
All Research universitiesVia a pre-master with a maximum of 60 EC
SociologyAll Research universities

Additional requirements

More information:

Drempelloos na toestemming van de toelatingscommissie. Mail naar Deadline aanmelding: 1 januari / 1 mei.

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
All Universities of applied sciences

Via a pre-master with a maximum of 60 EC

More information:

De Toelatingscommissie baseert toelating en pre-master van externe studenten op basis van vooropleiding.

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
SociologyUniversity of Groningen

No additional requirements

More information:

Deadline aanmelding: 1 februari/ 1 september

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
knowledge minimum

If you have any deficiencies in connection with Statistics and Research Methodology then we offer the possibility to take pre-master courses. The Admissions Office will inform you if you would qualify for this.

previous education

Bachelor's degree in Sociology or a completed University of Groningen pre-Master's programme in Sociology. The pre-Master's programme is a one-year full-time programme. Students can only start in September. The degree programme covers 60 ECTS and consists of core modules in Sociology. For more information about the Sociology pre-Master's programme (only in Dutch), see

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 January 202001 February 2020
01 May 202001 September 2020
Tuition fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2019-2020€ 2083full-time
non-EU/EEA2019-2020€ 14650full-time

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After your studies

Job prospects

Sociology is a multi-faceted degree programme. Sociology graduates occupy a variety of positions. They find work as researchers at a university or specialized research agency, policy officers at a municipality or ministry, consultants for a consultancy agency, teachers or journalists. They work in a variety of sectors, including healthcare, education and security, primarily in the public sector, but also in the corporate sector.

At the bottom of this page, in the carousel, five Groningen sociology graduates from different specializations tell us where they work and what their work involves.

Job examples

  • Policy advisor
  • Policy researcher
  • Social scientific researcher
  • Journalist

Research areas Sociology

The Sociology Department of the University of Groningen aims at scientific research that has societal significance as well. or in scientific-based interventions.

Research findings and insights about societal questions often find their way back to society, e.g. in policy research. Read more about Sociology and society .

A research line comprises a number of related projects in which experts in the corresponding fields collaborate and meet regularly. In these lab meetings, research staff, postdocs, PhD students, or research master students discuss ongoing work, papers or research proposals in progress, but also literature of common interest.These themes link to topics of high societal interest and much of the research conducted in the research lines applies sociological knowledge to current societal problems.

Research activities of the department of Sociology are concentrated in five research lines:

  • Norms and Networks, Institutions;
    Understanding the classical sociological phenomena of social integration and segregation is key, in particular in culturally diverse societies, such as the Netherlands.
    In this research the conditions are studied under which cultural, demographic, and political differences can be overcome and collaboration and cooperation becomes possible.

  • Organizations, and Sustainable Cooperation
    Which institutional arrangements bring about and sustain cooperative relationships that create added value for individuals, organizations, and societies?
    In four interrelated research themes researchers attempt to answer that question.

  • Social development of young people
    In the lives of young people there are a lot of changes. "Young people are really looking for themselves. Who am I? What do I want? Where do I belong?"
    Childhood experiences can have a lasting influence. For example, children who are bullied early in life are more likely later on to suffer from depression.
    Therefore it is important according Veenstra to examine the social development of young people. His research focuses on positive outcomes, goals, friendships and romantic relationships, and negative outcomes, problem behaviour and bullying.

  • Healthy and happy ageing
    The ageing of the population is often being considered as a problem and as a cost for society. But it may actually be more important to examine how people can age in a healthy and happy way, and under which circumstances health and well-being can be maintained for as long as possible during the lifespan. The research group aims at contributing to this challenge with her research program on health and well-being over the lifespan.

  • Statistical methods for the analysis of social network data.
    Do high school students make their friends start smoking? Is a bully a central actor in the classroom? Is the ‘old boy network’ of chief executive officers just a myth, or can social network analysis help to prove its existence through interlocking directorates? ‘It is our job to develop statistical methods, models and software necessary for sociological research,’ The research group is a small group of researchers of statistical methods for social network analysis, statisticians and mathematicians.

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						Testimonial of Erik Geerlink

    Researcher for a marketing research company called InSites Consulting in Rotterdam.

    – Erik Geerlink
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    Before I started studying Sociology I did the Bachelor's programme 'Management, Economics and Law'. I wanted to do a Master's in another field and sociology seemed interesting, because it focused more on people and not just on numbers or economics. I had to do a pre-master, which was quite hard with a lot of statistics, but also very interesting.

    I wanted to work during my Master's and one day I decided to visit the Centre for Employment and Policy (CAB) in Groningen to ask for an internship. I worked for them as an intern during my Master's for two days a week. The CAB is a research and consultancy agency that mainly researches social welfare and security on behalf of local governments.

    From the start, I was directly involved in the research. I read policy papers and held interviews, for example. It was fun and very useful because I could directly apply the things I learned during my studies in practice.

    After my graduation I worked at the CAB for a while. After some time I changed jobs because I wanted to know what it was like to do research in a different field. Now I work as a researcher for a marketing research company called InSites Consulting in Rotterdam.

    This company does market research for big, international companies. We test how consumers see a company. We show the results to the company and give them advice on how to improve their image. It is very nice when, after a while, you see an advertising campaign or a product based on your advice.
    The topic I do research on has changed, but the research methods I use are the same; interviewing people, analysing results, writing reports. The pace in this company is quite fast, clients want their answers quickly, which makes my work challenging. I really like my job, there is usually quite some distance between companies and their consumers, and we bring them closer together.

    I still use the skills I learned during my Master's programme on a daily basis, especially the research skills. I can recommend every student to do an internship during their studies. You will learn a lot from it, and it makes it much easier to find a job.

						Testimonial of Loes van Rijsewijk

    Scientific researcher funded by a national research talent grant

    – Loes van Rijsewijk
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    Degree programme: Research Master's

    'I decided to study sociology in order to become a teacher. But while writing my Bachelor's thesis, I found out what doing research is really about. I was working with a personal supervisor and a topic of my own choosing: the influence of school performance on problematic behaviour. This allowed me to experience how interesting scientific research can be when you work on a topic that you are really interested in.

    This made me decide to follow the Research Master’s. This Master’s degree programme involves a select group of clever and motivated students from different disciplines. It has greatly widened my perspective. The programme offers a lot of room to learn new things. It was only during my Research Master’s that I began to understand what can be done with statistics.

    Even more important was the fact that I learned how to interpret and critically examine my own research and that of others. Within my research group I was suddenly treated by experienced researchers as a colleague with valuable input.

    The Research Master’s also taught me about the importance of finding one’s own scientific niche: a topic that has not yet been thoroughly researched. This is how I discovered that although we know a lot about young people’s problematic behaviour, we know very little about their positive behaviour. I used my final thesis about helpful behaviour among young people as the basis for writing a research proposal. This led to me being awarded a national research talent grant, thanks to which I can now do research for four years.

    Using network data from young people at a large secondary school I investigate who helps who. Who helps you do your homework? Who helps you fix you bicycle tyre? Who helps you when you are feeling low? My preliminary results show that like-minded people help each other. For example, young people with lots of emotional problems tend to help other young people with emotional problems. Maybe they understand each other better. But this also carries a potential risk if they talk each other into feeling gloomy.

    The work of a researcher is free and diverse. I study articles, develop questionnaires, and collect and analyse data. I write scientific articles about my findings, which I present at conferences to researchers from other countries. I hope in this way to contribute to our understanding of young people. Progress may be slow, but it is progress nevertheless. I currently also supervise first-year students in the context of a project, which gives me the opportunity to gain some teaching experience.’

    If you want to ask Loes a question about the Research Master’s or about her work as a scientific researcher, do not hesitate to contact her.

						Testimonial of Ralph Mennes

    Researcher with Intraval

    – Ralph Mennes
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    An important area of expertise is our ability to reach what is known as the hidden population. This group is usually found on the margins of society – the homeless, the addicts, the prostitutes. To find out what is going on within this group you have to go to them. For example, we interview cannabis users in coffeeshops. So I don't spend all my time at the office, and this makes my work more varied.

    ‘During my Master’s degree programme I became interested in the relation between antisocial behaviour and popularity among young people. While conducting a social network analysis of secondary-school students for my final thesis I noticed how much I enjoy doing research. So I found a way of prolonging my research for a few months by taking on a student assistant position.

    After graduating I applied to a number of research agencies, but due to the economic crisis it was a difficult time to find work. Via a job experience traineeship I finally ended up at Intraval and that turned out to be the perfect place for me.

    Intraval conducts policy research for various clients: primarily ministries and municipalities, but also organizations in the health and security sectors. The research and advice we offer focuses on four themes: quality of life, wellbeing, youth and addiction. We form a bridge between science and policy by basing our conclusions on solid research. In this context we try to combine qualitative and quantitative research methods. A single study might use both in-depth interviews and statistical analyses.

    I often work on multiple projects at once. Sometimes two, sometimes five. The first study I was involved in was a study of feelings of insecurity in Tilburg. The local government had been creating policy for years, but they couldn’t reduce people’s feelings of insecurity. We used surveys and interviews to find out why people felt this way. It was so much fun to be able to work with such a large data collection.

    In our report we conclude that feelings of insecurity are fed by a deeply rooted distrust of institutions such as the police and the municipality. This spreads to distrust of other local residents. In our report we make a number of recommendations that should help the municipality regain people’s trust. These feelings of insecurity are a complex social phenomenon that cannot be resolved by a few strategically placed streetlights. As a researcher, I spend my days unravelling these kinds of sociological issues.’

    If you want to ask Ralph a question about the Master’s track in Crime and Safety or about his work as a researcher, do not hesitate to contact him.

						Testimonial of Tom Drukker

    Social Studies teacher

    – Tom Drukker
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    Degree programme: Educational Master's

    'I hesitated for a long time about which Master's degree programme to follow. In the end, education as a sector proved to be the decisive factor, mostly due to my idealistic conviction that good education matters.

    I see education as an essential link between personal and social development. At first I was not attracted to teaching as such. But I did believe that if you want to do something in education, you have to get down and dirty, and spend time in front of a class.

    As a social studies teacher I want to teach my students to use arguments to develop a specific perspective on a social problem or development. When the time comes for them to vote, I hope that they can make a well-informed choice. I don’t care whether they vote for a left-wing or a right-wing party, as long as their choice is not random.

    The Educational Master’s degree programme has two components: a substantive component (What will you teach?) and a didactic component (How will you teach it?). Social studies centres on themes such as politics, justice, the wellbeing state and the pluralistic society. Sociological concepts such as social cohesion and social inequality are incorporated within these themes, but as far as I am concerned, there could be more focus on sociological aspects.

    In the new examination programme for the in-depth social studies elective, I do see more focus on sociology. It addresses concepts such as bonding, relation, training and change. I can see how these concepts link to key concepts within sociology: social cohesion, social inequality, identity and rationalization. But this is a bit too abstract for a 15-year old pupil in senior general secondary education. I try to make concepts more concrete by applying them to themes such as education and mass media.

    Didactics – How do students learn and how can teachers contribute to the learning process? – is something that can be learned. I still use the lesson structure I developed in the context of my Educational Master’s degree programme. But as a teacher you also need to have a certain personality. After all, you have twenty-five pairs of eyes following you at all times. If you find this difficult, you will start out at a disadvantage. Teaching is not for everyone, I think. Doing a placement really helps you to find out whether this is the right profession for you.

    In the beginning, teaching cost me a lot of energy. But I’m getting better at it all the time. I’ve also changed my approach somewhat. At first I had high expectations of what I could teach my students; now I focus on enjoying the personal contact.

    In addition to my work as a teacher I am also a member of the policy and research group at the school where I teach. In the policy group we discuss topics such as the new school plan, which specifies for instance how we as a school wish to deal with social media. In the research group we follow the implementation of educational innovations, such as digital testing. What I find attractive about teaching is that you can work part-time. In addition to teaching, I recently set up a small agency for social science research.’

    If you want to ask Tom a question about the Educational Master’s or about his work as a social studies teacher, do not hesitate to contact him.

						Testimonial of Sieberen Huitema

    Bij het vak Arbeid en Levensloop bestuderen we de positie van social groepen op de arbeidsmarkt.

    – Sieberen Huitema
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    Sociologie gaat precies over wat ik interessant vind. Je houdt je bezig met hoe groepen mensen zich gedragen, waarom mensen eigenlijk doen wat ze doen. Behalve het vakgebied zelf spreekt ook de kleinschaligheid van de faculteit en de opleiding me aan. Als je een beetje je best doet, ken je iedereen, de docenten kennen je bij naam en je stapt makkelijk op ze af.

    Ik heb mijn bachelor ook in Groningen gedaan. Ik hoefde niet zo nodig weg na de bachelor: ik houd van de stad, ik voel me prettig op de faculteit en de mastertracks die aangeboden werden leken me leuk. Ik doe de specialisatie Arbeidsrelaties en Levensloop. Daarbij houd je je bezig met economie, maar dan gefocust op mensen in plaats van cijfertjes. We hebben het bijvoorbeeld over de positie van bepaalde sociale groepen – jongeren, ouderen, vrouwen – op de arbeidsmarkt, hoe die positie de afgelopen jaren is veranderd en hoe beleid er invloed op kan hebben.

    Het leuke van de master is dat je veel verder op de inhoud in kunt gaan dan in de bachelor. Dat merkte ik bijvoorbeeld heel erg bij het vak Arbeid en Levensloop. Iedere week moeten we stof voorbereiden en tijdens de colleges gingen we dan echt de diepte in. Ik heb er veel van geleerd.

    Voor je afstuderen moet je drie maanden stage lopen, en daarna drie maanden een scriptie schrijven. Maar daar zijn ze heel flexibel in: ik mag zes maanden stage lopen, en in die tijd ook mijn scriptie schrijven. Ik ga bij de provincie Groningen een onderzoek doen naar de krimp in de provincie. Een mooie kans om alvast ervaring op te doen voor na mijn studie, want het lijkt me het leukst om iets in de publieke sector te gaan doen.

						Testimonial of Danique Hoftijzer

    We bestuderen theorieën en mechanismen achter criminaliteit.

    – Danique Hoftijzer
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    Via m'n middelbare school kreeg ik een voorlichting over de studie Sociologie. Wat ik daar hoorde, sprak me ontzettend aan: dat je menselijk gedrag bestudeert, en leert wat daar allemaal achter zit. Ik heb daarna op verschillende universiteiten voorlichtingsdagen bezocht, en op de RUG een meeloopdag gedaan.

    Die meeloopdag heeft me echt over de streep getrokken. We kregen colleges en rondleidingen door de faculteit en door de stad. Ik vond de universiteit en de mensen zo leuk, dat ik uiteindelijk voor de RUG gekozen heb.

    Al tijdens mijn bachelor merkte ik dat ik het meest geboeid werd door crimineel gedrag. Ik heb er mijn keuzevakken en minor op toegespitst en ik heb gekozen voor de masterspecialisatie Criminaliteit en Veiligheid. Het leek me heel interessant om criminaliteit te bestuderen. Waarom gaan mensen de fout in, waarom de één wel en de ander niet, en hoe kunnen we dat op groepsniveau verklaren?

    Tot nu toe vind ik de master erg leuk, vooral de specialisatievakken. Daarin doen we precies waar ik op hoopte: we bestuderen de theorieën en mechanismen die achter criminaliteit zitten. En uiteraard ook beleid om criminaliteit tegen te gaan.

    De master Sociologie is relatief klein. In totaal zijn we met ongeveer vijftig mensen, bij mijn specialisatie zitten er een stuk of vijftien. We doen vaak groepsopdrachten en hebben dus veel onderling contact, wat ik erg leuk vind. Ook met de docenten is het contact heel goed.

    Een groot voordeel van deze master vind ik dat je veel vrijheid krijgt om je eigen stage en scriptie in te richten. Voor mijn stage ga ik meewerken aan een onderzoek dat hier op de universiteit gedaan wordt voor FC Groningen. Het gaat over sociale veiligheid en sociaal-emotionele ontwikkeling bij de jeugdteams.

    Dat is dus niet zozeer gericht op crimineel gedrag, maar ik heb gekozen voor deze stage omdat ik heel graag iets met jongeren wilde doen. Bovendien verwacht ik dat ik er veel van kan leren. Straks zit ik tussen allemaal ervaren onderzoekers, een ideale manier om te zien hoe onderzoek in z'n werk gaat en of het misschien iets voor mij is!

						Testimonial of Josien Schaafsma

    De vakken zijn interessant en de docenten heel boeiend om naar te luisteren.

    – Josien Schaafsma
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    Eerlijk gezegd wist ik niet zo goed wat ik wilde, toen ik m'n master moest kiezen. Veel studenten kiezen na de sociologiebachelor voor de richting Criminaliteit & Veiligheid, maar mij trok dat eigenlijk niet.

    Gezondheidszorg heeft me wél altijd geboeid. In het tweede jaar van de bachelor hadden we al een vak in de medische richting gehad. Omdat ik dat toen heel interessant vond, besloot ik ook een master in die richting te gaan doen.

    En daar heb ik geen spijt van gehad! De vakken zijn interessant en bij de docenten voel je het enthousiasme als ze college geven. Je merkt dat ze echt passie hebben voor wat ze vertellen, dat maakt het ook heel boeiend om naar te luisteren.

    ‘Medicalisering’ vond ik een leuk vak. Steeds meer dingen worden gezien als een medisch probleem. Drukke kinderen krijgen bijvoorbeeld direct een ADHD-stempeltje. Of, nog een leuk voorbeeld: kaalheid wordt gezien als een probleem, waar je iets tegen moet doen. Terwijl je ook zou kunnen zeggen dat het gewoon bij het leven hoort. Bij Medicalisering verdiep je je in dat proces. Is het goed, is het slecht, wat doet het met mensen en met de maatschappij?

    Je leert heel veel zelfstandigheid in deze master. Dat was wel even wennen aan het begin, echt álles zelf regelen voor je scriptie en je stage. Gelukkig kun je altijd hulp vragen als je ergens echt niet uitkomt. Zelf ga ik stage lopen in de Wetenschapswinkel van het UMCG. Daar mag ik ook mijn scriptieonderzoek doen. Ik ga een onderzoeksproject doen naar de veenkoloniën in Groningen en Drenthe, waar het slecht gesteld is met de gezondheid van de mensen. Ik wil kijken wat daaraan kan worden gedaan.

    Of ik wil blijven werken in een ziekenhuisomgeving, weet ik nog niet zeker. Je kan als socioloog ook op allerlei andere plekken terechtkomen: een onderzoeksbureau, of de overheid. Het voordeel van een stage is dat je erachter kan komen of bepaald werk bij je past, dus ik ben benieuwd hoe ik het vind!

						Testimonial of Reinder van Zaane

    Het vak 'Sociale determinanten van gezondheid' sprak me heel erg aan.

    – Reinder van Zaane
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    Vóór mijn master heb ik Fysiotherapie gedaan aan de Hanzehogeschool. Dat vond ik wel leuk, maar ik kwam er gaandeweg achter dat ik geen behandelaar wilde worden. Ik miste de wetenschap en de verdieping.

    Daarom volg ik nu de master Gezondheid, Welzijn & Zorg, de medische specialisatie van de master Sociologie. Dat past bij mijn interesse in de gezondheidszorg, maar is wel anders dan mijn vooropleiding. Bij Fysiotherapie keken we altijd puur medisch en fysiek naar klachten, terwijl we hier met de sociale en sociologische kant bezig zijn.

    Ik vind de master erg leuk! Tijdens het schakeljaar heb ik veel bijgespijkerd, vooral statistiek, er kwam een heleboel aan bod in korte tijd. Nu in de master merk ik juist dat er verdiepende vakken op de voorgrond staan, dat spreekt me erg aan.

    'Sociale determinanten van gezondheid' is bijvoorbeeld zo'n vak. Dat gaat erover hoe sociale en maatschappelijke factoren invloed hebben op je gezondheid. Het effect daarvan kan net zo sterk zijn als dat van roken. Op zo'n manier had ik nog nooit naar gezondheid gekeken! Naast de colleges die we volgden, gingen we voor dit vak langs bij de gemeente en bij een sociaal wijkteam. We zagen dus echt mensen in de praktijk bezig. Dat maakte indruk.

    Ook met de 'gewone' colleges heb ik hele goeie ervaringen. Een vak dat me bijzonder is bijgebleven is 'Beleidsontwerp'. De docent gebruikte geen sheets in zijn colleges, hij vertelde alleen maar. Aan het begin dacht ik: oei, hoe ga ik dit allemaal onthouden? Maar hij wist ieder college weer in twee uur tijd een prachtig verhaal neer te zetten, waarbij je precies snapte hoe dingen werkten. En je onthoudt het, ook nadat je je tentamen al gehaald hebt.

    Na mijn studie zou ik heel graag beleidswerk willen doen, bij de gemeente of de GGD bijvoorbeeld. Of iets doen bij sociale wijkteams. Het lijkt me in elk geval heel erg leuk om me bezig te houden met manieren om de gezondheidszorg nog beter in te richten.

						Testimonial of Marieke Lamers

    In mijn werk bij Zunderdorp Beleidsadvies & Management heb ik veel aan de kennis over beleid en onderzoek en medicalisering en sociale cohesie die ik in mijn master heb opgedaan

    – Marieke Lamers
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    Ik heb de master Sociologie gevolgd, met als specialisatieroute Gezondheid, Welzijn en Zorg. Ik was altijd al erg geïnteresseerd in de gezondheidszorg. Na de bachelor sociologie – waarin ik in een keuzevak kennis maakte met medische sociologie– leek deze masterroute me een goed vervolg.

    Tijdens mijn master heb ik stage gelopen bij ZorgfocuZ, een onderzoeksbureau in de zorg- en welzijnssector. Na mijn stage heb ik daar nog zo’n anderhalf jaar gewerkt.

    Nu werk ik bij Zunderdorp Beleidsadvies & Management. Via een docent van Sociologie kwam ik in contact gekomen met dit bedrijf. Hij wist dat er een vacature was en vond het wel iets voor mij. Dat was geluk, want de baan bleek inderdaad goed bij me te passen!

    Zunderdorp verzorgt strategisch advies en procesbegeleiding voor gemeenten, VNG, gemeentelijke netwerken als de G4 en de G32 en non-profit instellingen. Ik werk regelmatig aan zorg gerelateerde projecten, bijvoorbeeld op het gebied van Jeugdzorg of de Wet maatschappelijke ondersteuning. Maar niet alles wat ik doe heeft direct met gezondheidszorg te maken. Ik houd me ook bezig met thema’s als onderwijs en werk en inkomen. Het werk is dus heel afwisselend, en gelukkig is het absoluut niet zo dat ik door de masterroute die ik heb gekozen beperkt ben in de gebieden waar ik me mee bezig kan houden.

    De master Sociologie heeft me goed voorbereid op het werk dat ik nu doe. Naast de basale vaardigheden die je sowieso moet leren op de universiteit – zelfstandig werken, kritisch nadenken, schrijven – heb ik dankzij mijn opleiding achtergrondkennis opgedaan waar ik nu nog steeds veel aan heb. Ik heb veel profijt van de kennis die ik in mijn master heb opgedaan over beleid en onderzoek, maar ook over bijvoorbeeld medicalisering en sociale cohesie. De kennis die ik heb opgedaan in mijn master vormt dan ook een goede basis voor mijn huidige werkzaamheden.

						Testimonial of Arie Glebbeek

    Arie Glebbeek – lecturer in Policy Design & Sociology of Work

    – Arie Glebbeek
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    I teach the course unit in Sociology of Work for the Bachelor's degree programme, and in Policy Design for the Master's programme. My areas of expertise are the sociology of work, the sociology of policy and social prosperity. The themes relate to all the major societal problems of the present era. Many of the problems concerning and troubling us are actually socioeconomic issues.

    Sociology of Work is at the heart of these issues. The course unit explores the employment market, labour relations, income development, the relationship between work and leisure and people’s careers. It’s a dynamic field, particularly because new developments are constantly occurring. Or should I say, old problems just keep recurring. The economic crisis of the previous decade is a good example. It was really a fairly ‘classic’ crisis. The cause was much the same as for the great crash in the 1930s. Of course, we also encounter a lot of problems for the first time, such as making the employment market more flexible and improving alignment between work and leisure time. Modern information technology has led to huge overlaps between these different worlds.

    Policy Design looks into all areas of policy. We deal with issues relating to education, criminality and healthcare. The scope is very broad. I always try to use topical examples in my lectures.

    The degree programme in Sociology is structured along the four main establishments within society: the market, government, organizations and the community. I often borrow knowledge from other disciplines (such as economics) to illustrate my course units, and I incorporate a lot of economic insights into them. So what makes the domain of sociology unique? Sociologists understand perfectly that people have social needs. All the goods and services we produce and provide lead to prosperity, but our prosperity largely depends on the time and space we allocate to each other. An outstanding example of a social benefit for people is social appreciation, the appreciation you give to each other. This appreciation is just as important to people as the goods and services they have. I specifically try to incorporate social prosperity and the sources of social appreciation into my course units.

    Sociology is traditionally a fairly general degree programme, which opens up a whole range of professions and sectors for graduates. The majority find themselves working in public sector policy departments. These obviously include The Hague and government ministries, but a larger group work in lower-level government; municipal or provincial authorities for example. In addition, there’s the world of applied research, mainly made up of commercial research agencies. The healthcare sector is also becoming increasingly important. The fact that many health-related problems are rooted in social issues means that a lot of sociologists now find their way into this sector. Take, for example, stress-related illnesses, loneliness or lifestyle. Doctors are aware that joining forces with behavioural and social scientists will help them to see the bigger picture.

    Sociology is a small-scale degree programme. You’re a person, not a number. It’s a small-scale setting, with lots of student/lecturer contact. Focus areas during the programme are reading academic literature and learning to conduct research.

						Testimonial of Jan Kornelis Dijkstra

    Universitair hoofddocent MSc Sociologie, route Criminaliteit en Veiligheid

    – Jan Kornelis Dijkstra
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    Mijn naam is Jan Kornelis Dijkstra en ik ben universitair hoofddocent bij de master Sociologie en daar ben ik betrokken bij de route Criminaliteit en Veiligheid, één van de specialisaties die we bij deze master aanbieden.

    De route Criminaliteit en Veiligheid bouwt deels voort op wat er in de bachelor gedaan wordt, maar is een zelfstandige opleiding. Het is een verdieping van theorieën, toegepast op verschillende specifieke vormen van criminaliteit zoals georganiseerde criminaliteit, zedenmisdrijven en organisatiecriminaliteit. Belangrijk is dat de beleidskern van de opleiding die de studenten van alle routes samen volgen. Dit zijn vakken als Beleidsontwerp en Beleidsevaluatie. Dit is een verdieping op het gebied van beleid en interventies.

    Bij andere universiteiten heb je de opleiding Criminologie. Daar draait dus alles om Criminologie. Bij ons is het een specialisatie binnen de Master Beleid. In die zin denk ik dat we onze studenten breed opleiden. Ze zijn daarom ook breed inzetbaar.

    We werken vaak met essays en opdrachten. Afgelopen jaar moesten studenten bijvoorbeeld kijken naar de inbraakcijfers in Groningen. Wat zijn nou precies de hot spots? Kunnen we dat verklaren met de data die we hebben? In dat project werken we samen met de politie. Dat is heel leuk en erg leerzaam.

    Zelf ben ik verantwoordelijk voor een theorievak en daarnaast begeleid ik scripties en stages. Vaak vallen stage en scriptie samen. Studenten lopen dan ergens stage en gaan vanuit daar verder met een onderzoek. De scripties variëren van beleidsscripties waarbij bijvoorbeeld gekeken wordt naar de politie-inzet tijdens Oud en Nieuw en hoe dat geoptimaliseerd kan worden tot meer criminaliteitsscripties die gaan over de inbraakcijfers tussen verschillende wijken in Leeuwarden. Mijn specialisatie is de jeugdcriminaliteit, maar ik houd me ook veel bezig met georganiseerde criminaliteit.

    De studenten van ons komen eigenlijk altijd wel goed terecht. Het thema criminaliteit en veiligheid is een thema dat blijft spelen. Terrorisme, jeugdcriminaliteit: het is vaak in het nieuws. Het is en blijft actueel.

Study support

The degree programme in Sociology devotes a great degree of attention to study guidance, for example in the form of the study advisor. Students can make an appointment or drop by during consultation hours. The study advisor can also be reached via e-mail. See 'contact' for details.