Understanding society better through research

Sociologists are interested in contemporary social themes such as criminality, the integration of immigrants, religion and culture, families and social inequality, norms and conflicts. How can we understand all the phenomena you read and hear about in the media? In the Sociology and Social Research Minor, you learn to study these topics in a scientific manner and to understand and comprehend them better.

The minor programme totals 30 ECTS and has two versions:

Version A - International exchange students
Version B - Dutch students (UU, FSW, Dutch universities)

Easy to incorporate

This Minor is designed to facilitate incorporation in the study programme of students. You can choose to take the Minor within one semester, or to spread the courses over one or more academic years.

There is considerable freedom of choice in this Minor. By taking the course Advanced sociological theory: modelling social interaction, you gain a basis in sociological analysis and theories. Thereafter you can develop your research skills further in this Minor. For example, the courses Measurement and modelling with social data and Beleid- en evaluatieonderzoek are eminently suitable for that.

You can also explore different themes in depth (including Social networks and Criminal behaviour). In other words, you learn to think and conduct research like a sociologist in this Minor, and you can specialize in a subfield of your choice!

This Minor is a good preparation for students who want to apply for the Research Master's programme Sociology and Social Research.

In the Master Keuzegids for 2017, this Master's programme was selected as one of the top programmes in the Netherlands. In the Social and Behavioural Sciences field, it is even the best Master's degree programme in the Netherlands. This Master's programme (and the Minor) is eminently suitable for students aspiring an academic career or applied research position. If you want to take this Minor in preparation for this Master's degree programme, it is important to choose courses that focus on developing and improving your research skills.

Two distinct versions

The first version (version A) is aimed at international exchange students, especially (but not limited to!) students who are interested in preparing for the two-year Master’s programme Sociology and Social Research. The second version (version B) is aimed at Dutch students (from FSW Bachelor's programmes or other Bachelor's programmes) as preparation for an English-language Master's programme at the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences.

Mandatory courses

Code Course Period Timeslot Level
200300009 Advanced sociological theory: modelling social interaction 1 B 2
201800139 (early exit students only) or 201800138 Measurement and modelling with social data 2 B 3

Choice of two courses

Code Course Period Timeslot Level
200700018 Criminal behaviour during the life course 1 D 3
200300125 Theory construction and statistical modelling 1 C 3
201800084 Challenges in work, health and well-being  2 C 3
201800006 Youth culture in a digital world 2 B ​2
201700126 (early exit
students only) or 200500126
Conducting a survey 2 C 3
200300014 Social networks in theory and empirical research 3 B 3
201400012 Sociology of organisations 3 C 3

PLEASE NOTE: Make sure your courses are not scheduled in the same timeslot.

Entrance requirements

  • English language proficiency.
  • Basic knowledge of the social and behavioural sciences.

Assumed knowledge

  • One basic course in statistics and one advanced course in regression analysis.
  • Basic skills of SPSS or another statistical software package including working with syntax.

Mandatory courses

Code Course Period Timeslot Level
200300009 Advanced sociological theory: modelling social interaction 1 B 2
  OR      
200300007 Inleiding sociologie (alleen verplicht voor studenten die geen sociaalwetenschappelijke opleiding volgen 1 A+B 1
201800138 Measurement and modelling with social data 2 B 3

Choice of two courses

Code Course Period Timeslot Level
200700018 Criminal behaviour during the life course 1 D 3
200300125 Theory construction and statistical modelling 1 C 3
200300022 Practicum data-analyse 2 A+D 3
201800138 Measurement and modelling with social data 2 B 3
201800411 Beleid- en evaluatieonderzoek 2 B 3
201800084 Challenges in work, health and well-being 2 C 3
200500126 Conducting a survey 2 C 3
200300014 Social networks in theory and empirical research 3 B 3
201400012 Sociology of organisations 3 C 3
200300004 Familiesociologie: trends, theorie en kwantitatief onderzoek 4 D 3

Assumed knowledge

  • English language proficiency.
  • One basic course in statistics and one advanced course in regression analysis.
  • Basic skills of SPSS or another statistical software package including working with syntax.

How you should enrol depends on whether you are an Utrecht University student, a student from another Dutch University or an exchange student: 

Utrecht University students

Register for this Minor via OSIRIS. On OSIRIS there is the tab ‘Register for Minors’ under 'Registration'. Registering for a Minor does not automatically mean that you are also registered for the courses associated with the Minor. You must register for the courses individually. Therefore, take the registration deadline into account. It is published on the site of your programme under ‘Registration and deregistration'.

Students from other Dutch Universities

Enrol for the courses through our application form at OSIRIS Online Application (visit our subsidiary courses page for more information). Use the same application form to apply for the Minor. After your form is processed, the Student Information Point will enrol you for the Minor.

Exchange students from partner universities

Register for the minor through the International Office. The International Office will check your eligibility for the individual courses and the minor and, if applicable, enrol you for both. If you have any questions about the enrolment, please contact the International Office (io.sbs@uu.nl) .

You will find the course descriptions in the OSIRIS Course Catalogue.

Would you like to know more?

For more information, please contact the Sociology Educational Support Team, tel. +31 (0)30 253 2101 and email: sociologie.fss@uu.nl.