Sociology of Policy in Practice (MSc)
The Master’s specialisation in Sociology of Policy in Practice teaches you to think along with organisations to help them respond to the challenges they are facing in our global and quickly changing societies.
What does this master's specialisation in Sociology of Policy in Practice entail?
The master's specialisation in Sociology of Policy in Practice aims to address challenges faced by NGO's, government bodies, and commercial companies in relation to culture and diversity in today's globalised world. Particular emphasis is placed on complex processes of diversity, sustainability and digitalisation. This specialisation enables you to gain relevant working experience by conducting a three-month research internship in the Netherlands or in Ghana. Field schools on location provide you with practical support and on-the-spot coaching.
Reasons to choose Sociology of Policy in Practice at Leiden University
- Know-how on how to ‘translate’ prevailing policy problems into manageable research questions;
- Skills to use a broad spectrum of social scientific methods (qualitative, quantitative, ethnographic);
- The opportunity to conduct your own three-month research project at an NGO, government agency, or commercial company;
- Relevant working experience and valuable network contacts.
Why did Sylvia van Oevelen choose for Sociology of Policy in Practice?
Sociology of Policy in Practice alumna
"The Sociology of Policy in Practice specialisation has provided me with the possibility to gain more experience in doing research in the field, while at the same time embedding the research in a professional context and working with professionals on tangible social problems. This allowed me to put to practice the lessons I had learned during the Master’s programme whilst contributing and adding the insights that had been obtained during the fieldwork to existing development projects. This practical appliance of the research's insights is unique and provides a great opportunity to students!"
Sociology of Policy in Practice: the right master's specialisation for you?
Are you eager to conduct policy-oriented research on issues of relevance to organisations? Do you want to combine ethnographic research with a three-month internship? Do you have excellent analytical, organizational and communication skills? Are you flexible and hard-working? Then Sociology of Policy in Practice is the right specialisation for you!