3. What is Sociology?
What does the Premaster program look like?
And what afterwards…?
Who can apply
Why study Sociology in Tilburg?
What will we discuss today?
5. Sociology studies social influences on individual behavior
Sociology looks at current societal problems and trends
from a scientific perspective
6. Study of the social influences on behavior
How people’s behavior is shaped by their
(social) environment and their social
What are the effects of internet use on loneliness?
Does living in an ethnically mixed neighborhood can make people
less prejudiced against immigrants ?
7. Three main sociological themes
Social inequality ~ poverty, equal chances in education, …
• Do the children of the high educated more likely choose a bilingual
secondary education program?
Social cohesion ~ criminality, voluntary work, intergroup
• Which refugee groups integrate better in the host society and why?
Rationalization ~ globalization, secularization, …
• Are insecure jobs causing people to experience more stress and
symptoms of depression?
Study of social problems
Half-year Premaster's program (30 ECTS)
Two intake moments (August and January)
Improve your knowledge and skills within the field of
• 11 ECTS: Courses specifically related to sociology
• 12 ECTS: Statistics and research methodology
• 7 ECTS: Research project
10. Program - courses (30 ECTS)
Intake August 2018 Intake January 2019
Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 4
11. You will:
☺Learn to understand social problems
☺Write a paper on your topic of interest
☺Step by step learn how to do research in practice
☺Work in small groups and receive personalized feedback
☺Get access to the Sociology Master’s and get
your Master’s degree in 1.5 year
What does this mean for you?
13. Background: Bachelor of social work (HBO)
Why did I choose Sociology?
How is the pre-master?
It is challenging (Statistics and English)
Just six months
You can choose your own research topic
Small classes, very personal contact
• Make sure you are interested in sociology
• Put effort in it!
Students’ experiences: Remco van Wijk
17. 1. Master Sociology (1 year )
Politics, Policy, and Society in Comparative Perspectives
2. Extended Master Sociology, including Traineeship (1.5 years)
3. Double Degree programs
Trento University (Italy: 2 years)
Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain: 1.5 years)
Universität Bamberg (Germany: 2 years)
4. Research Master Social and Behavioral Sciences (2 years)
Minor Social Sciences
5. Global Management of Social Issues master
(Politics, Policy and Societal Development track - main discipline: SOC)
6. Post-Master: Teaching social sciences at high school (1 year)
Linked Master Programs
Where are our graduates working?
Facts and figures
Source: National Alumni Survey, 2016
€2.168 Gross monthly income
86% Required education level by employer: WO MSc
100% finds a job within 4 months after graduation
Average number of months until first paid job3
Where are our graduates working?
or HR Advisor
20. Where are our graduates working?
Top 10 employers Sociology:
1. Tilburg University
3. ZZP (zelfstandig)
5. Ministerie van Sociale Zaken
7. Uitgeverij Em de Jong B.V.
8. European Commission
10. Adriaanse van der Weel
23. HBO vocational degree:
14 HBO bachelor’s grant direct access to the premaster
program. For example:
Human Resource Management
If you have another diploma: please ask for admission!
Who can apply?
24. Write a letter of application for admission to the examination
board (before August 1 or February 1).
• Certified copy of your HBO Bachelor's diploma
• Certified copy of your transcript of Records/list of grades
• Photocopy of your valid passport or your identification card
For further information see:
How to apply
26. • In 1.5 year your Master’s diploma in Sociology!
• Understanding Society: add to society!
• Quality first!
• Personal: you are not just a number! Focus on small groups
• Beautiful campus: green and close to the city
• Large amount of spacious, affordable student housing
• Brabant is no. 2 biggest economic region in the Netherlands
Why study Sociology at Tilburg University?