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Sociology: Comparative Organisation and Labour Studies

Degree type
MSc
Language of education
English (100%)
Duration
12 months
Tuition fee EU/EEA
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Tuition fee Non EU/EEA
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Education type
Fulltime
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Application deadline
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Accreditations
Netherlands Government
Type of institution
Research University
City
Amsterdam

Program description

COLS offers a sociological perspective on the organisation of work processes, on the functioning of modern labour markets and of the governance of firms and other public or private organisations.

The Master's programme combines a broad foundation of sociological theory and research methods training with a more specific focus on the organisation of work in contemporary societies. The modern world of labour and work is studied at various levels: the micro-level (e.g. workplace practices and human resource management); the meso level (e.g. employment relations or the governance of firms); and the macro level (e.g. bargaining between trade unions and employers associations, and the structure of labour market institutions and welfare states). The distinct qualities of the programme lie in the way it encourages a comparative perspective on institutional variety (i.e. examining how rules and regulations differ between countries as well as within countries). It stimulates students to apply a sociological perspective in their work, based on thorough scientific research, situating labour processes in a broader societal context.

Admission requirements

Previous education

Students who have obtained a Bachelor's degree in Sociology can be admitted to the programme, provided that they have completed 6 EC in the field of organisation and labour studies.

Students with an academic Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in a social sciences discipline closely related to the programme (including economics and psychology) are invited to apply, provided that they meet the entry requirements as specified.

International diplomas are evaluated on the basis of advice from professional diploma evaluators. The minimum level of the diploma should be equivalent to three years of Dutch university education.

For more information on application and admission, please visit our website.

Previous education

Students who have obtained a Bachelor's degree in Sociology can be admitted to the programme, provided that they have completed 6 EC in the field of organisation and labour studies.

Students with an academic Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in a social sciences discipline closely related to the programme (including economics and psychology) are invited to apply, provided that they meet the entry requirements as specified.

International diplomas are evaluated on the basis of advice from professional diploma evaluators. The minimum level of the diploma should be equivalent to three years of Dutch university education.

For more information on application and admission, please visit our website.

Written request

All applicants are required to submit a statement of motivation.

Written request

All applicants are required to submit a statement of motivation.

Knowledge minimum

At least (an equivalent of) 6 EC of sociological theory is expected to be taken in the field of organisation and labour studies.

Knowledge minimum

At least (an equivalent of) 6 EC of sociological theory is expected to be taken in the field of organisation and labour studies.

Language test

All non-native speakers of English (including Dutch students) applying to one of the English-taught programmes offered by the Graduate School of Social Sciences, are required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. All students must be able to read textbooks, understand lectures, take part in classroom discussions and undertake written work in English.

For more information, please visit our website.

Language test

All non-native speakers of English (including Dutch students) applying to one of the English-taught programmes offered by the Graduate School of Social Sciences, are required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. All students must be able to read textbooks, understand lectures, take part in classroom discussions and undertake written work in English.

For more information, please visit our website.

Grade list

All applicants are required to submit official transcripts of each higher education institute attended, listing all courses and examinations already completed and currently enrolled in, and grades and credits obtained.

Grade list

All applicants are required to submit official transcripts of each higher education institute attended, listing all courses and examinations already completed and currently enrolled in, and grades and credits obtained.

Additional subject

All applicants are expected to have a solid basis in the field of sociological theory and social sciences research methodology, evenly distributed across (an equivalent of) 60 EC at least, earned during previous study.

Additional subject

All applicants are expected to have a solid basis in the field of sociological theory and social sciences research methodology, evenly distributed across (an equivalent of) 60 EC at least, earned during previous study.

Language requirements

CAE: C1, CPE: C1, IELTS overall band: 6.5, IELTS listening: 6, IELTS reading: 6, IELTS writing: 6, IELTS speaking: 6, TOEFL paper based: 575, TOEFL computer based: 232, TOEFL internet based: 90

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