The Master of Science in Sociology focuses on three main parts:
- A solid, general formation in advanced sociological courses on health sociology, migration, education, policy and organisation and quantitative analysis, that will unravel the secrets of multilevel analysis.
- Students can choose an applied major in which practical skills are developed (International Internship, Policy and Management or Skills Lab). Students design their own trajectory based on their personal interest, future career prospects and ambitions.
- A research based master dissertation in which you perform your own quantitative or qualitative research, and write it up in a scientific paper. The master dissertation is supervised by a Ghent University professor. It can be done in combination with your internship (for instance through interviews of respondents during your stay abroad).
The first semester of the programme is fully dedicated to the core mandatory advanced sociological courses. From the start students begin preparing for their master dissertation or internship. This program is a one-year programme with a high pace but is feasible thanks to the gradual planning. By the end of the first semester, students should have taken all exams and can fully concentrate on their major and master dissertation. At the end of the second semester the course Social Dynamics of Policy and Organisation helps to digest the experiences developed during the thesis research, the internship and the other courses.If you want to combine your master’s degree with a teacher’s degree, then there is the option of following an ‘Educatieve master’ instead of the above described master. The ‘Educatieve master’ however is a Dutch taught programme. More information can be found on www.ugent.be/educatievemaster.
Sociology graduates are highly appreciated by employers for their combination of thorough insights in society, research expertise, communication and project management skills. Sociology graduates from Ghent University start an academic career (as PhD students or research fellows) or work in NGO’s, governmental organisations (on themes such as health prevention and radicalisation) and research agencies (such as market research). The programme prepares you for work on scientific projects in academia, governmental organisations or research institutes. You will be able to research social phenomena such as social inequality, gender differences, quality of labour, democratisation of higher education, migration or health and risk behaviour. Our programme also prepares students for future careers as policy advisors or project managers in human resources, journalism or education.