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Sociology: Urban Sociology

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
NVAO, NVAO
Type of institution
Research University
City
Amsterdam

Program description

Urban Sociology provides the analytical tools to understand how conditions in urban environments affect the feelings, ideas, relations, and opportunities of their inhabitants.

Urban Sociology posits that urban areas possess unique attributes (numbers, density, diversity, mobility) that shape all aspects of social life. These “urban attributes” affect the thoughts and feelings of individuals, their relations to strangers, friends, and colleagues, the ways in which institutions operate, and the kinds of economic opportunities available to individuals and groups operating in the city. The programme in Urban Sociology examines the contemporary forces that are making cities bigger, more diverse, and more fluid than ever; and the effects of these conditions on various aspects of social life. In particular, the programme examines key forces that accelerate the growth and diversity of cities (migration, globalisation, inequalities); the ways in which different class and ethnic groups settle and interact in these places (gentrification, ethnic neighborhoods); and how interactions between diverse groups produce new cultures, ideologies, and political mobilisations. These issues are explored through core and elective courses.

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 urban sociology.

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.

Candidates with a related but slightly less optimal academic bachelor's degree may be admitted provided they complete a preparatory semester in social sciences and/or an intensive research methodology module first.

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 urban sociology.

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.

Candidates with a related but slightly less optimal academic bachelor's degree may be admitted provided they complete a preparatory semester in social sciences and/or an intensive research methodology module first.

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 urban sociology.

Knowledge minimum

At least (an equivalent of) 6 EC of sociological theory is expected to be taken in the field of urban sociology.

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 ECTS 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 ECTS 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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