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Research Master

Social Sciences

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Are you interested in social scientific research, and do you want to pursue a career in academic or non-academic research environments? The Research Master's Social Sciences (RMSS) is designed for highly motivated students with an interest in research from various social scientific perspectives.

UvA online Open House

This year, you won’t be able to attend any busy on-campus events with lots of people. But our online Open House is the perfect way to get to know UvA study programmes and university life from the comfort of your own home.

Every study programme has an Open House page with videos, FAQs and live events. On the main Open House website you can discover all our programmes,explore the city and campus, and get inspired during our theme weeks.

Study programme

The two-year Research Master's in Social Sciences offers you advanced training in current social science theory and innovative methodologies in a rigorous and multidisciplinary social science research environment. 

Due to an extensive focus on advanced quantitative and qualitative research skills, you will be able to independently carry out high quality scientific research after completion of this programme. The programmes prepare students for writing a PhD thesis and an academic career, as well as for a research oriented career outside academia. 

What is a Research Master's programme?
In this video, the features of a Research Master's programme are explained by a current student, an alumna and an academic staff member.

Why study Social Sciences in Amsterdam?

The Research Master’s in Social Sciences:

  • Is a multidisciplinary programme, leading to a culturally and academically diverse climate
  • Offers the opportunity to contribute to ongoing research projects
  • Provides students with excellent research skills, making them eligible for a PhD candidacy

Academic staff

Lecturers in the Research Master's in Social Sciences are based in the departments of anthropology, political science and sociology. They are strongly affiliated with UvA's Amsterdam Institute of Social Science Research (AISSR), which is one of the most prestigious institutes of its kind. 


The programme provides a good foundation for PhD study, as well as for work in public research organisations and non-academic research institutions in the private sector, like:

  • PhD-student and/or Assistant Professor
  • Research Assistant
  • Political Assistant to city senator
  • Policy Advisor at Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Qualitative research consultant
  • Analyst.

Is RMSc Social Sciences for you?

The Research Master's in Social Sciences (RMSS) is designed for highly motivated students with an interest in research from various social scientific perspectives.

Facts & Figures
Degree programme Social Sciences (research)
Type Regular study programme
Mode Full-time
Credits 120 ECTS, 24 months
Language of instruction English
Starts in September
CROHO code 60214