Sociology of Policy in Practice (MSc)
Why Leiden University?
Sociology of Policy in Practice focuses on policy-oriented research. It enables you to gain relevant working experience by conducting a three-month research internship in Ghana or the Netherlands.
Three-month Policy in Practice research internship
A Policy in Practice research internship offers you the opportunity to conduct research with organisations such as a NGO, a government body or a commercial company. Your research will engage with questions that the organisation concerned would like to be answered, and as a student-researcher, you can thus benefit from the support of the organisation concerned. While these organisations can benefit from the outcomes of the research conducted by the student, the student gains valuable working experience in a professional context.
Four reasons why you should study Sociology of Policy in Practice at Leiden University
- Know-how on how to ‘translate’ prevailing policy problems into manageable research questions.
- Skill training in a broad spectrum of social scientific methods (qualitative, quantitative, ethnographic) and supervision by experienced staff members of the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology.
- Increase your impact: by doing a three-month research internship at an organisation, you will gain insights into the way organisations operate and the challenges they face. You conduct research on a relevant issue to your internship provider whereby research outcomes can directly be implemented by the organisation.
- Gain relevant working experience, expand your network contacts and improve your understanding of a particular field (in which you might want to work after graduation).
Study at the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
The Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology is housed in the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences within walking distance of the Leiden Central railway station. If you travel by train, a 5-minute walk will take you from the back of the station to the Pieter de la Court building. Here you'll find:
- Lecture halls;
- Editing rooms;
- A library with 70,000 printed specialist publications and extensive digital collections;
- About 300 computer workstations for students located in several places in the building;
- The African Studies Centre (ASC);
- The FSW cafe or restaurant to chat with your fellow students;
- The Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology study association Itiwana.
Study at a world-class university
Leiden University is the oldest university in the Netherlands and enjoys an excellent worldwide reputation built up over more than four centuries. Since 1575 we’ve provided sound personal education for hundreds of thousands of students. We’ll do our utmost to give you the best possible support. And if you can and want to do more, we’ll challenge you every step of the way. For many years, we’ve been among the leaders in Dutch university rankings and we are currently to be found in a variety of top international rankings too.
More reasons to choose Leiden University
POPcorner: Support in study and student life
Tackling your study in the right way does not come easily to everyone or at every time. In the POPcorner our Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences offers a unique facility set up in close consultation with students of varying cultural and social backgrounds. Through workshops, advice and online information we offer training and information about finding your way in academic and student life.