Sociology and Population Studies (double degree)

Course Information
  • Subject: Sociology, Social Sciences
  • Level: Master
  • Type of Degree: MSc
  • Cost: EUR 3,141.00 2014/15

Course description

The International Master in Sociology and Population Studies is a Double Degree Program offered jointly by the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona (Spain) and the Department of Sociology of Tilburg University. After the successful completion of the programme students will graduate as:

The Double Degree programme combines the strengths of two of the highest-ranked Social Science Departments in Europe to offer a high level research training in Sociology and Population Studies. The MSc emphasises the study of modern societies from a structural and dynamic perspective, so as to identify the main forces and challenges faced by key social institutions (families, schools, neighborhoods, jobs, etc.). The program, which is entirely offered in English, is taught by top researchers and academics from the two participating universities during an 18-months period, both in Barcelona (first year) and in Tilburg (second year).

The International Master in Sociology and Population Studies is a one-and-a-half-year, 90 ECTS programme that combines the contents of two Master courses: the Master of Research in Sociology and Demography offered by the UPF and of the Master of Sociology offered by TiU. Each of these masters carries 60 ECTS.

In order to graduate from the double degree programme students have to fulfill the course and research requirements of each separate master. They  will gain 30 ECTS because the thesis requirements of both programmes are combined into one. Hence, students only need 90 ECTS rather than 120 to graduate from the programme and obtain the two master degrees. They also do it in a shorter time—in one-and-a-half rather than two academic years.

The first two trimesters of the first year of registration in the MSc (from late September to mid-December and from early January to early April) are spent in Barcelona at UPF, doing the coursework corresponding to UPF’s Master of Research in Sociology and Demography, and preparing a master thesis proposal. In the third term of the first year, students start working on their master thesis and are still registered as UPF students but are not required to be physically present in Barcelona.

In their second year, students spend one semester (from late August to mid-December) at Tilburg doing the coursework corresponding to TiU’s MSc in Sociology and continue working on their thesis. The thesis must be completed and defended at Tilburg by the end of February.

Career Prospects

Sociology is a broad programme that can lead to employment in a wide range of fields, giving excellent employment prospects for graduates, both within the Netherlands and beyond. People with a Master's degree in Sociology work for either local or national governmental institutions, private companies, and for research agencies. The work may be in the field of labor and employment, culture, welfare, recreation, entertainment or health care. Sociologists may be employed as researchers, policy officers, advisors or management team members. Jobs in communication, media, research and education are also suitable for sociologists. Some graduates work as organisational or human resources policy advisors in the public or private sector.

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