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Introduction Social and Cultural Science

The Research Master’s programme in Social and Cultural Science is a two-year international programme for a small group of selected students. At the core of the interdisciplinary programme lies an interest in the historical, social-political and cultural processes that shape societies. You will be trained in multidisciplinary theory and advanced methods of social science. The programme will provide you the research skills to pursue a career in comparative societal research; in academia or in public institutions. Our key research themes are the degree of cohesion, inequality and cultural diversity and you will study these themes in both Western and non-Western societies.

Core of the programme:

All students follow specific courses together. These courses constitute the core of the programme and ensure multidisciplinairy views on the research themes cohesion, inequality and cultural diversity.

  • Core of the programme: In the core of the programme you will get familiar with the theories and methodological approach that bind the different social science disciplines. Key courses of the core of the programme are: Comparative Societal Questions; Cultural Diversity, Markets and Inequality; Diversity in Organisations; Advanced Regression Analysis; Research Project.


The programme features two specialisations, with a different theoretical and methodological focus. In both specialisations there is room to follow elective courses.

  • Specialisation 1. Comparing Societies – Questions regarding Cohesion and Inequality, has a focus on cohesion and inequality in Western societies and on quantitative research methods.
  • Specialisation 2. Changing Societies – Questions regarding Cultural Diversity and Inequality, focuses on cultural diversity and inequality in non-Western societies and on qualitative research methods. Key courses of specialisation 2 are: Theorizing Solidarities; Comparative Developmental Research; Advanced Research Methods
  • Electives. During the programme students may choose elective courses. It is hereby possible to follow courses of both specialisations but also to undertake an (international) internship.

Unique characteristics:

  • Multidisciplinary and multi-method approach
  • Cutting-edge learning and research facilities
  • Quality ensured by small number of participants
  • The opportunity to collaborate with the best scholars of Radboud Social Cultural Research (RSCR)
  • Great possibilities to publish in peer reviewed journals during the programme
  • A large majority of graduates gain PhD and other research positions

More information: www.ru.nl/masters/scs