Research course

Social and Cultural Science

Institution
Radboud University · Faculty of Social Science
Qualifications
MSc by research

Entry requirements

Please find all the relevant information about admission requirements on our website.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Why choose the Social and Cultural Science research Master

Learning how to make new discoveries that will contribute to a better understanding of the historical, social political and cultural processes that shape societies.

Are people living in ethnically diverse neighbourhoods more inclined to turn inwards and to ‘hunker down’ compared to people of ethnically homogeneous settings? Are there cross-country differences in the causes of hooliganism, and in the effectiveness of methods used to combat hooligans in different European countries?

More and more comparative questions on societies are being raised. At Radboud University we believe that answers to comparative questions are more informative, lead to a better understanding of societal phenomena and processes, and therefore have more scientific and social importance than answers to questions about one society in one historical period.

This programme therefore fully focuses on teaching students how to perform high-quality comparative research. We look into the degree of inequality, cohesion and modernisation in both Western and non-Western societies. You’ll learn how to translate social problems into empirical research questions and understand the diverse theoretical approaches, research designs, data collections and analyses you need to get the answers you are looking for.

The Master’s programme in Social and Cultural Science is taught at the Faculty of Social Sciences. It has a course load of 120 EC* (two years). The courses fall into five categories:

  1. Research questions and theories (9 EC)
  2. Research methods (15 EC)
  3. Research application (24 EC)
  4. Research training (60 EC)
  5. Electives (12 EC)

Quality label

This programme was recently awarded the quality label ‘Top Programme' in the Netherlands in the Keuzegids Masters 2015 (Guide to Master's programmes).

Qualification and course duration

MSc by research

full time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
Admission Office
Email
admissionoffice@ru.nl