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Research Master'sSocial and Cultural Science: Comparative Research on Societies (research)

Have you ever wondered how diversity, solidarity and inequality are connected? Or how to counter radicalisation? How segregation in social networks arises? How organisational processes influence inequality? This programme is the one for you!

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Something for you?

  • During this Master's programme, you will study topics such as inequality, cohesion and cultural diversity from a comparative societal perspective.
  • Dialogue and discussion are central in the many small-group teaching sessions led by inspiring lecturers of the Master’s programme.
  • In this Master's programme, you have the opportunity to collaborate with the best scholars of the research institute Radboud Social and Cultural Research.
  • A large majority of our graduates start PhD- and other research positions; almost all of our graduates found work shortly after graduating.
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Admission requirements

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I think people with this degree have the skills to conduct very thorough social scientific research.
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What will you learn

This Master's programme teaches you how to perform high-quality cross-cultural comparative research. You'll learn how to translate social problems into empirical research questions and you will be trained in applying diverse theoretical approaches, research designs, data-collections and analyses to get the best possible answer. What's distinctive about the approach of this programme, is that we synthesise theories and methods of different disciplines, like sociology, anthropology, development studies, political science and communication science.

Study programme

Future career opportunities

The career prospects of a graduate of Social and Cultural Science are good; a large majority of our graduates gain PhD and other research positions. Almost all of our graduates found work shortly after graduating.

Career prospects


Half of the Master’s programme in Social and Cultural Science consists of practical research training. In the first year, you will do a research project in which you conduct a small-scale empirical research under guided supervision of a senior researcher. The comparative research issue is typically part of the ongoing research within a Radboud chair group. Finally, you will write a scientific journal paper regarding the research results. The project is done in small groups (2-3 students) and prepares you well to independently conduct a comparative empirical social science study for your Master’s thesis in the second year.

Questions about this programme?

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Tuitions & grants

If you are going to follow this Master's programme, you will pay an annual tuition fee. There are different tuition rates. The amount depends on your personal situation.