Sociology of Policy in Practice (MSc)
One of the highlights of doing our master's programme is the opportunity to follow a research internship in which you combine the experience of doing a detailed and extended research project with the development of important skill-sets and relevant working experience.
Designing a detailed research proposal aimed to address key social concerns;
Mastering rich qualitative and analytical methods that provide nuanced insights about your topic;
- Developing key skills for understanding our complex world and communicating these insights to a variety of audiences in ways that maximize the significance and impact of your work.
Increase your network
Your personalized three-month research internship enables you to gain professional contacts and increase your relevant work experience. Furthermore, class and group sessions with your cohort masters students will enable you to develop lasting relationships and an expanded network of colleagues for future collaborations.
At the Career Services counsellors will give you advice and information on planning your career, whether you have just started your master’s study or have already graduated. Each of Leiden’s seven faculties has its own career services department, with specific expertise and resources related to the faculty’s programmes.
In addition, as a master’s student you have access to our web-based resources, which include career step plans, job seeking strategies and self-assessment tools. The Career Services desk also offers a range of relevant workshops. If you prefer a personalised approach, you can make an appointment for an individual counselling session with your departmental career counsellor.
Specifically, you are welcome at the Career Services for advice and information on:
- What are the possibilities with my Master’s degree?
- Which jobs suit my profile?
- Workshops and events: Which job possibilities are there and how to apply?
- Career tests
- Internships and job vacancies
- CV and LinkedIn check
You can also find career information and advice on the website of the Career Services.
The Leiden University Career Zone is an online career portal that helps you with your preparation for the labour market. You will find information on:
- Knowing yourself (tests, self analysis)
- Exploring the labour market (i.e. jobs and branches)
- Developing your skills (application skills, work & life skills)
- Finding vacancies (Jobportal)
- Career Route Planner
- Workshops & Events
- Career Services
Leiden University’s alumni hold positions in a vast range of sectors, all over the world. They are therefore good resources for graduates who are just starting out on the job market. Through the Leiden Alumni Mentor Network you can contact Leiden alumni online and ask them for advice. For more information, go to the Mentor Network website.
Employers are interested in graduates who have developed their talents in a variety of areas. So it’s a good idea to work on your personal development and on CV-building right from the start of your degree programme.
Take a look at the Career Route Planner what you could do in addition to completing your studies successfully.
The Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology study association Itiwana regularly organises activities so that you can explore the labour market in fields relating to your study programme. Examples include labour market conferences, social drinks, and speed-dating sessions with companies.