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Programme overview - RMSS

The programme offers four methodological specialisations: Empirical-Analytical, Interpretative and Mixed Methods mandatory fieldwork, and Mixed Methods with a mandatory internship.

The RMSS programme overview can be found below. The electives and a detailed description of the courses can be found in the online Course Catalogue.



The timeline shows all important dates for the two-year master programme and can be found in the Canvas Cohort Page. You will be added to the Canvas Cohort page by the Study Adviser.

Who is Who

The human infrastructure supporting the programme includes the programme director, the study advisor/programme coordinator, the specialisation tutors, the examinations board, the programme committee and the Registrar’s Office. For a detailed description of the organisation underlying the RMSS, see the website of the Graduate School of Social Sciences,  the educational institute of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) which offers and organizes the programme.

The Programme Director of the research Master's programme in Social Sciences is Alex van Venrooij.  Alex van Venrooij is assistant professor of cultural sociology at the University of Amsterdam and affiliated with the research programme group Cultural Sociology. Find more information about Alex van Venrooij on the GSSS website and his personal personal webpage.

Students can contact their Programme Director through their study adviser/programme coordinator, Alyt Klomp (temporarily replaced by Lise van Ingen). She is responsible for the everyday functioning of the programme and a student counsellor, monitoring student’s progress in the programme and giving advice on (alternative) study plans. She also has a role in the course registration and mediating between students and lecturers, if necessary.

All first year students will be appointed to a tutor, that functions as the bridge between students and the research programmes affiliated to the disciplines Anthropology, Sociology and Political Science. There are three tutors in the programme, and they have the following responsibilities:

  • introducing students to relevant program groups and UvA researchers
  • helping students to develop their research ideas and find a research topic
  • suggesting staff members for an individual reading course
  • helping students to find an internship(supervisor) and thesis, and supervisor(s)

The RMSS specialisation tutors are:

For Anthropology : Dr. Julie McBrien

For Sociology: Dr. Bram Lancee

For Political Science: Dr. Eelco Harteveld

Bram Lancee is also the coordinator for external internships. 


The Education Desk Social Sciences in REC B.700 is your first point of contact, here you can retrieve information regarding your programme, course registration  and course grades.

More information about the Examinations Board and Programme Committee can be found by clicking the links below.