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Social Networks in a Sustainable Society

University of Groningen

Master Postgraduate Groningen

Course description

Qualification Master of Science
Field of study Humanities, social sciences, communication and arts
Course summary How do social networks hold together or keep apart families and communities, or boost creativity in firms? And how do personal ties influence your health, career, or your choice of a partner?
Course description Everyone is connected. If you want to know more about how visible and hidden social networks often make the difference, our master track will equip you with the analytical, methodological, and policy making tools to:* detect and properly describe hidden social network structures and processes,* explain the origins, dynamics, and impact of networks in a wide range of policy domains,* assess how informal networks interact with formal policies,* design network interventions and evaluate their effectiveness.Drawing on a unique combination of skills, this master track bridges the applied field of policy design with the latest insights of network science. You will learn to apply social network theories to a wide range of societal problems; you will use cutting-edge tools and methods to analyse quantitative and qualitative network data; and you will apply this knowledge with the aim of developing policies for sustainable cooperation.
Study subjects -
Course objectives -
ECTS credits 60.00
Duration 12 month(s)
Language of instruction English
Instruction modes lecture, practicum
Accreditation -

About the institution

Department Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences
Information about the institution Students and researchers from all over the world come to Groningen to expand their own boundaries as well as those of academia.


Admission requirements
  1. The applicant must demonstrate knowledge of the basic principles of research design, and various quantitative and qualitative methods of data collection, preferably questionnaire design and text analysis, and be able to apply these methods in empirical research. The applicant must demonstrate knowledge of statistics, including sampling, descriptive statistics, hypothesis testing, multiple regression and analysis of variance, and logistic regression, and must be able to apply these methods and models in empirical research. If the applicant is not able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge, the admissions committee may require the applicant to take a test. If you have any deficiencies in connection with Statistics and Research Methodology then we offer the possibility to take pre-master courses. The Admissions Office will inform you if you would qualify for this. For more information have a look at the SPO site about this premaster:
  2. The official language of the programme is English. Non-native English speakers must provide evidence of satisfactory results for one of the following standard tests: TOEFL: ≥ 580 paper-based test, ≥ 237 computer-based test; ≥ 92 internet-based; IELTS (Academic): ≥ Band 6.5. Official test results must be supplied. Please note, we do not accept Institutional TOEFL results as evidence of English proficiency.
  3. University BA- of BSc in Sociology or in one of the other Social Sciences, majoring Sociology. Good knowledge of research methodology and basic statistics. Admission for students from other universities depends on the courses they followed in their bachelor degree programme. To eliminate deficiencies regarding Statistics and Research Methodology, students can participate in the BSS web-supported premaster. The deficiencies are diagnosed by the admission committee of Sociology of the Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences (BSS) of the University of Groningen. For more information visit the following site:
  4. Write (type) a letter (no larger than one A4 sheet) explaining your motivation to follow this programme. You should consider at least the following topics: * Your motivation to study education at a Master's level; * Relevant study and/or work experience; * Areas of particular interest in Sociology; * Career perspectives and in what way completing this Master's programme would contribute to accomplish them.
Language requirements
Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English A1
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English A1
IELTS overall band 6.5
TOEFL computer based 237
TOEFL internet based 92
TOEFL paper based 580
Professional experience required -
Duration 12 month(s)
Application deadlines
Start date EU/EEA Students Non-EU/EEA students
1 Sep 2019 1 May 2019 1 May 2019
1 Sep 2020 1 May 2020 1 May 2020
Tuition fees
Year EU/EEA Non-EU/EEA Institutional
2019 (FT)€ 2083€ 14650€ 11700

In short, the following rules apply:

  • The “EU/EEA rate” is the regular fee for students from within the EU/EEA.
  • The “non-EU/EEA rate” is the rate for students from outside the EU/EEA.
  • The “institutional rate” is for all students who have already obtained a bachelor’s or master’s degree and who want to start a second programme leading to a degree at the same level or at a lower level.
  • Note that FT, PT and D stand for "full-time", "part-time" and "dual", respectively.

Make sure you contact your institution to find out what rate applies to you. The rates listed here are estimates.



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