How does society deal with complex global problems like aging and migration? How do communities bounce back after tragic events? What role do social media play in political polarisation? How can analysing data help us find solutions? What are the ethical concerns in mining data?
These are big questions that require big answers. The two-year Research Master’s programme in Societal Resilience identifies, investigates and develops solutions for broad social issues, using qualitative and quantitative methods to analyse big and small data. It’s a truly multi-disciplinary and multi-methodological approach to society’s most pressing challenges. And for that reason, it will appeal to students from a wide range of backgrounds. Getting this Master’s degree will set you up for any career that involves working in teams to analyse problems and offer solutions using data: whether that’s in academia, government policy, the non-profit sector, or the corporate world.
The Societal Resilience Master’s programme is deliberately broad: four key thematic topics (see below) are covered with a variety of data analysis methods, such as advanced data mining algorithms, scraping tools to collect data, qualitative and computational text analysis, and online network analysis. At the same time, you’ll develop communication, self-reflection and project management skills to be able to collaborate in multi-disciplinary teams, all of which will be highly valuable in the job market.
To break it down:
Does this sound like you? Then come along to our Master’s Evening or Master’s Day where you can find out more and try out the programme for yourself! If you’re keen to apply and meet the entry requirements (see below), then take a look at our application procedure and deadlines.
What can you do with Societal Resilience?
The skills training you’ll receive during the programme will foster your ability to work in multi-disciplinary teams on data-intensive research projects. You’ll learn how to communicate with colleagues who are specialists in particular topics, and how to ask the right questions when it comes to pulling data.
Where can you get started?
A Master’s degree in Societal Resilience will help you understand your options for what comes next – the programme offers guest lectures every two weeks by speakers from the corporate world, NGOs, government departments and more.
Can you go straight into the business world?
Yes. Many large corporations are collecting vast amounts of data, but their understanding of what to do with that data is limited. There’s a clear need for business analysts with experience in mining big data for a range of purposes.
Which further studies can you follow?
A Master’s programme in Societal Resilience is also a great entry point to a PhD. Your research proposal and Master’s thesis will be great preparation both for your PhD topic and when applying for funding.
Do you have questions?
Come join our Open Day on Tuesday evening 4 December 2018, and see for yourself what it's like to study Societal Resilience at VU Amsterdam! Register here.
Please check the full list of required documents for international degree holders.
Do you have questions?
For further questions about admission requirements, please contact the faculty international student advisor, Irena Paap (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION
1 June for Dutch and EU students. 1 April for non-EU students
FIELD OF INTEREST
Behavioural and Social Sciences