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Big Data for Society

Do you want to shed new light on today’s societal challenges? Explore the possibilities of combining big and small data techniques with theoretical knowledge? Understand how society copes with change and crises? And do you have a Bachelor’s degree in a social science?

Then the Societal Resilience Research Master’s programme might be for you! 

The Societal Resilience Research Master’s is a selective programme. Selection is based on academic results, the relevance of your prior education, knowledge of (social science) research methodology, motivation, work experience, previously written academic work and two references.

To successfully follow the Societal Resilience Research Master’s programme, you need to have sufficient knowledge of research methods at the level and load of an academic social sciences Bachelor’s programme.

Check if you meet the admission requirements and apply

  • I have a Dutch university level (WO) Bachelor’s degree

    The Research Master in Societal Resilience is a selective programme. Selection is based on academic results, the relevance of your prior education, knowledge of (social science) research methodology, motivation, work experience, previously written academic work and contact information of 2 references.

    To successfully follow the Research Master in Societal Resilience, you need to have sufficient knowledge of  research methods at the level and load of an academic Social Science Bachelor’s programme.

    Admission requirements

    To gain admission to the Master's programme, you must hold a Bachelor’s degree in social or behavioural sciences, completed with a GPA of at least 7.5 (Dutch grading system) or the international equivalent. You can also apply with a degree in other fields such as mathematics, informatics, econometrics, operations research, computational linguistics, digital humanities, geography, or psychology, if you have a clear interest in social issues, as demonstrated by relevant elective courses, minors, internships or other extra-curricular activities. The Board of Admission assesses whether you have sufficient knowledge and skills in research methods. With research methods courses of at least 12 EC in total you qualify for this criterion.  

    English language requirements

    To be admitted to the English-taught Master’s programme, all students must meet the following results in the English language test (no older than 2 years):

    • IELTS score with a minimum of 7.0
    • TOEFL score internet based test: 100
    • VU TOEFL-ITP: 600 (only valid for VU Amsterdam)
    • CAMBRIDGE CERTIFICATE in Advanced English (CAE): A or B
    • CAMBRIDGE CERTIFICATE of Proficiency in English (CPE): A, B or C

    Exemptions from the language test requirements are granted in the following cases:

    • Your Bachelor’s or Master’s diploma was obtained in an English-language university programme in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, UK or USA.
    • Your Bachelor’s or Master’s diploma was obtained in an English-taught programme at a Dutch university.
    • Your Bachelor’s or Master’s diploma was obtained in an English-taught programme in a different EU-country.
    • You have a Dutch vwo-diploma (level 6 vwo-nieuw).

    Make sure to register on time at Taalloket for the VU TOEFL-ITP, as the possibilities are limited, especially during the busy summer period. If you have a Dutch Bachelor's degree obtained at a Dutch university, the first take of the VU TOEFL-ITP is free of charge.

    Please upload a scan of the result of your test to your VU-application portal before 31 August at the latest.

  • I have a Dutch higher vocational education (HBO) Bachelor’s degree

    It is not possible to apply to the Research Master’s programme in Societal Resilience.

  • Application with a Dutch degree
    1. Registration for the Master’s programme in Studielink is open from 1 October until 1 June
      After registering in Studielink you’ll receive login data for your VU-application portal.
    2. Add the following documents (in English) to your VU-application portal a.s.a.p. after registering:
      • Résumé.
      • Letter of motivation. This is a means to assess your interest in social issues both inside and outside the university. In the motivation letter you can elaborate on relevant activities mentioned in your résumé. Extracurricular activities like volunteer work are an advantage.
      • Scan of authenticated (provisional) grade list.
      • Relevant course descriptions of your Bachelor's programme.
      • Bachelor thesis: to assess the level of methodological skills, academic writing and critical thinking.
      • Literature list of course work: to assess the theoretical background of the programme.
      • Contact information of 2 references that could be asked to support your motivation, knowledge or skills. One of these references may be non-academic. You do not need to send letters of recommendation.
    3. Finish your VU-application portal.
    4. After your application has been processed and assessed you will receive notice about your admissibility.
    5. Arrange payment of the tuition fee and complete your registration before 31 August at the latest.
    6. Upload a scan of the result of your English language test to your VU-application portal before 31 August at the latest.

    Before the beginning of the programme you’ll receive practical information about starting your studies.

    An application is not the same as enrolment. If you register for a programme in Studielink, you will not immediately be enrolled. You will only be enrolled once you have been notified by Studielink. To this end, you must have submitted all the required documents a.s.a.p. after registering and have arranged payment of the tuition fees before 31 August. An application does not commit you to anything and can be cancelled free of charge until 31 August.

    More information about the registration procedure.

  • I have an international degree

    The Research Master in Societal Resilience is a selective programme. Selection is based on academic results, the relevance of your prior education, knowledge of (social science) research methodology, motivation, work experience, previously written academic work and contact information of 2 references.

    To successfully follow the Research Master in Societal Resilience, you need to have sufficient knowledge of  research methods at the level and load of an academic Social Science Bachelor’s programme.

    To gain admission to the Master's programme, you must hold a Bachelor’s degree in social or behavioural sciences, completed with a GPA of at least 7.5 (Dutch grading system) or the international equivalent. You can also apply with a degree in other fields such as mathematics, informatics, econometrics, operations research, computational linguistics, digital humanities, geography, or psychology, if you have a clear interest in social issues, as demonstrated by relevant elective courses, minors, internships or other extra-curricular activities. The Board of Admission assesses whether you have sufficient knowledge and skills in research methods. With research methods courses of at least 12 EC in total you qualify for this criterion. 

    English language requirements

    To be admitted to the Societal Resilience Research Master’s programme applicants must meet the following results in the English language test (no older than 2 years):

    • IELTS score with a minimum of 7.0
    • TOEFL score internet based test: 100
    • VU TOEFL-ITP: 600 (only valid for VU Amsterdam)
    • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): A or B
    • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): A, B or C

    Exemptions from the language test requirements are granted in the following cases:

    • Your Bachelor’s or Master’s diploma was obtained in an English-language university programme in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, UK or USA.
    • Your Bachelor’s or Master’s diploma was obtained in an English-taught programme at a Dutch university.
    • Your Bachelor’s or Master’s diploma was obtained in an English-taught programme in a different EU-country.
    • You have a Dutch vwo-diploma (level 6 vwo-nieuw).

    Make sure to register on time at Taalloket for the VU TOEFL-ITP, as the possibilities are limited, especially during the busy summer period. If you have a Dutch Bachelor's degree obtained at a Dutch university, the VU TOEFL-ITP is free of charge.

  • Application with an international degree

    1. Registration for the Master’s programme in Studielink is open from 1 October until 1 June at the latest for EU/EEA students. Non-EU/EEA students can only apply until 1 April. Check your deadlines here.
       After registering in Studielink you’ll receive login data for your VU-application portal.
    2. Finish your VU-application portal by adding the following documents (in English) a.s.a.p.:

    • Résumé.
    • Letter of motivation. This is a means to assess your interest in social issues both inside and outside the university. In the motivation letter you can elaborate on relevant activities mentioned in your résumé. Extracurricular activities like volunteer work are an advantage.
    • Scan of authenticated (provisional) grade list.
    • Bachelor thesis: to assess the level of methodological skills, academic writing and critical thinking.
    • a description of the relevant courses/modules followed and literature used during your previous higher education, that were part of your Bachelor's (and Master's, if applicable) programme, with a short description of the contents of these courses and the literature used (bibliography) to assess the theoretical background of the programme. You can either copy this from a study guide or type a 5-10 line description for each relevant course, if a study guide is not readily available. For the literature please mention the most relevant academic textbooks or articles used during your previous education. You can use this format
    • Contact information of 2 references that could be asked to support your motivation, knowledge or skills. One of these references may be non-academic. You do not need to send letters of recommendation.

    4. After your application has been assessed and processed you’ll receive notice about your admissibility.
    5. Arrange payment of the tuition fee and complete your registration before 31 August at the latest.
    6. Upload a scan of the result of your test to your VU-application portal before 31 August at the latest.

    Application fee & deadlines

    All students seeking admission to an international Bachelor’s or Master’s programme with an international degree are required to pay a non-refundable €100 application fee. Only after you have paid this fee will we be able to start the evaluation of your application file. If you are applying for more than one programme, you will only need to pay the application fee once. Your application fee payment is valid for two years.

    Information on how to apply with an international university degree and deadlines can be found here.
    For more information, international students may also contact the International Student Advisor: masters.fss@vu.nl.

    Grants and scholarships

    As an international student planning to study at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, you can apply for a variety of grants and bursaries. Detailed information about scholarships and deadlines can be found on www.vu.nl/scholarships or www.grantfinder.nl.

    International Student and Alumni Ambassadors

    Our International Student and Alumni Ambassadors are happy to tell you all about their experiences with studying at VU Amsterdam and living in Amsterdam.

    • Our Student Ambassadors are current students at VU Amsterdam that represent a wide variety of programmes and countries.
    • Our International Alumni Ambassadors are VU Amsterdam graduates who are currently either working in the Netherlands or abroad, or doing a PhD or (second) Master's.

    You will find the full overview of our Ambassadors here: vu.nl/ambassadors. There you can chat with them directly.

Want to know more?

Don't hesitate to contact us!

Are you applying with a Dutch diploma? If you want to know whether you are admissible, please register in Studielink, adding the documents as mentioned in the paragraph above to your application in the VU-application portal. If you have any questions concerning the pre-master’s assessment, the payment of your tuition fee or your application in your VU-application portal, please contact the Student Desk.

For general questions, please send an e-mail to contact@vu.nl.

Call us on +31 20 5985000 (on working days from 10.00 till 16.00)

International diploma applicants

International diploma applicants are welcome to send an e-mail to masters.fss@vu.nl or book a phone appointment to get in touch with the International Student Advisor of this programme

If you have questions about the tuition fee, Studielink or your personal dashboard on vu.nl, please contact the Student Desk: studentdesk@vu.nl.

Contact

  • Irena Paap
  • International Student Advisor
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • masters.fss@vu.nl