Quick facts

  • Duration

    1 year (60 ECTS)

  • Language


  • Title

    Master of Science (MSc)

  • Start

    Eind of August and end of January (Master en Premaster)

  • Deadlines

    Fall intake:

    April 1 for non-EU/EEA,

    July 1 for EU/EEA

    August 1 for Dutch diploma

    Spring intake:

    October 1 for non- EU/EEA

    December 1 for EU/EEA

    February 1 for Dutch diploma

MSc Health, Wellbeing and Society

Central theme: healthcare policy, societal resilience, and health & wellbeing

Become a specialist in the fields of healthcare policy, societal resilience, and health and wellbeing. The heart of the new Health, Wellbeing and Society track of the MSc Sociology is the understanding that sustainability depends on creating resilient and healthy communities, which can adapt to changing conditions without losing their fundamental identities. You are taught to analyze how health and wellbeing are distributed across Western societies, and how health and wellbeing can be improved at the micro- meso- and macro-level of society.

Why Health, Wellbeing and Society track

Combining scientific insights from sociology and health sciences, and with a strong collaboration with healthcare organizations, you will learn to become a specialist in the field of healthcare policy, societal resilience, and health and wellbeing. 

  • Learn to understand, analyze, change/improve and act upon differences in health and wellbeing, and differences of welfare and healthcare policies for different groups of people and individuals.
  • International perspective focusing on health, wellbeing and society in mainly Western societies.
  • Become familiarized with a multitude of perspectives and analytical and practical models which are aimed at improving and/or maintaining health and wellbeing via the Academic Collaborative Centers of Tranzo.
  • Taught in small, interactive workgroups with excellent individual thesis supervision.
  • Community-building activities throughout the program will ensure cohesion in the programs cohort, such as guest speakers, simulation, serious gaming, study trips.

Career prospects

As a graduate you can manage projects within in the context of complex health and wellbeing related societal problems. You are able to frame problems from a sociological perspective on health and wellbeing. You have acquired the knowledge as well as analytical and communication skills to lead and participate in innovation-oriented projects aiming to tackle health and wellbeing and (health)care related societal challenges. You have learned to analyze demographic drivers and outcomes of societal issues, as well as of public interventions aimed at addressing (health) care challenges.

Graduates can land jobs such as policy advisor, policy officer, data analyst, researcher or trainer at: (Health)care organizations, (local, regional, national and international) health policy organizations, NGOs, (International) societal change and innovation projects, multinational organizations, health insurance companies, public health organizations, or research institutes.



Program structure

This one-year Master's track consists of 60 credits (ECTS), of which:

  • 5 core courses (36 ECTS)
  • Master’s thesis (24 ECTS)

Core courses (36 ECTS)

  • Health, resilience and sustainability
  • Social Policy and Social Risks
  • The Social Structures of Western Societies
  • Health and Policy
  • Master Seminar Sociology: From Theory to Research

Master’s thesis (24 ECTS)

Start your Master’s thesis (24 ECTS) with drawing your Individual Research Proposal (IRP) with feedback of the thesis supervisor. This proposal will be developed within the framework of the Master Seminar Sociology course.

During the Master Thesis research project you will either collect data or use secondary data, analyze them (qualitative, quantitative or both), draw conclusions and report on the research findings by writing your individual Master’s thesis. In principle the supervisor is a member of the Sociology department and the second reader is from the Tranzo department. Students of the Health, Wellbeing and Society track are encouraged to apply for the Extended Master program. 

Application Deadlines
  EEA member state citizens Non-EEA member state citizens Dutch diploma
Starting end of August July 1 April 1 August 1
Starting end of January December 1 October 1 February 1

Application and Admission

Best preparatory programs:

Sociology, Psychology, Social Geography, Anthropology, Culture Studies, Human Resource Studies, Organization Studies, and Liberal Arts and Sciences.

English language requirements:

  • TOEFL: 90 (internet-based)
  • IELTS: 6.5 (6.0 min. for all components)
  • Cambridge CAE or CPE

More information: Please have a look at our website or contact us by mail / +31(0)13 466 2116