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EU code
14.9 - Others - Social Sciences
2 - Master
University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Social Sciences
Research Master in Social Sciences (degree programme)
Language requirements
All 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. This may be based on a TOEFL (minimum score: 88 internet test, 230 computer test, 570 paper test), IELTS (minimum score: 6.5), or Cambridge Examination (minimum scores: CAE B, CPE C)
Academic requirements
Applicants should have an academic Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in the fields of political science, sociology, anthropology or another closely related social sciences discipline; they are expected to have a solid basis in social sciences research methodology of at least 30 ECTS credits earned during previous study; Undergraduate studies should be completed with an overall grade average of at least a B+/A- / 3.5 (American system), first class Honours degree (British system), B (ECTS system), 7.5 (Dutch system) or equivalent.
Max available positions
Today's modern societies require flexible social scientists who are able to generate relevant knowledge about important social and cultural concerns. The Research Master in Social Sciences is a two-year programme for motivated students with excellent academic records who wish to pursue a career in social science research in an academic setting or in private or governmental research institutes. This programme offers advanced training in current social science theory and innovative methodologies in a rigorous and multidisciplinary social science research environment. It trains students to: • conduct research along both empirical-analytical and interpretive lines; • approach their research from a historical perspective; • appreciate both local detail and the global context. Higly motivated students can specialise in one these subjects: • Contemporary Asian Studies • Medical Anthropology and Sociology. EMECW13 grants' duration is 22 months but the Research Master's official duration is 24 months.
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24 months between Sep 1 2010 and Aug 31 2012
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Graduate School of Social Sciences (
Additional information
Available field for target 1, 2, 3 applicants. Before submitting an EMECW13 application, all candidates must: 1) Read and follow the instructions specified in => 'Incoming applicants' 2) Check the instructions for this master’s application as detailed in - There you will find a description of the supplementary documents that you need to submit with your EMECW13 application in order to apply for this master. Further academic requirements: All applicants should have excellent academic records and be able to handle heavy course loads. Previous study results should demonstrate they are able to attain and maintain an excellent level, especially in the fields of social sciences and research methodology. Students wishing to apply for one of the thematic specialisations (Contemporary Asian Studies or Medical Anthropology and Sociology) have to meet the specific entry requirements of these specialisations in addition to those of the Research Master.