Management and Organisation

Master in Sociology

Prof. dr. Ferry Koster,
Coordinator of the programme

“Easy answers do not suffice in the complex, interconnected world in which organisations operate. Instead, it is better to get a grasp on it through different perspectives. In the specialisation Management & Organisation, you will learn that sociology has a lot to offer.”

What is this specialisation about?

Are organisations in constant flux? Are we moving towards a New World of Work? Are governments no longer able to steer the labour market? Answering such questions requires in-depth knowledge about the dynamics of organisations, networks, and institutions. The specialisation of Management & Organisation offers students the theoretical, analytical, and empirical means to assess the various dynamics.

In this programme you will learn to reflect on current changes, theoretically and empirically. It is often argued that we enter an era of the New World of Work. This raises a lot of questions about the governance of economic processes, such as: How are organisations and jobs affected by technological change? How are organisational networks governed? You learn to assess whether or not the New World of Work represents a clear break with the past as developments in contemporary society are put in a comparative perspective, both historically and internationally.

After completing this specialisation, students have a better understanding of the dynamics of firms, networks and institutions. Hence, they are equipped to analyse and advice organisations and governments on issues such as the management of organisations and labour market issues. Furthermore, the specialisation prepares them to advance a research-oriented career, both applied and academic.

Why choose this programme?

  • A unique program connecting, firms, networks, and national policies.
  • Interactive discussions in small work groups.
  • After graduating, you can work as an advisor for firms and governments or as a policy researcher. 


The programme consists of 60 ECTS. Three core courses and a thesis together add up to 45 ECTS focused on the specialisation Management & Organisation. The remaining 15 ECTS is devoted to two electives. Please click on one of the courses in the programme overview below to see the course descriptions.

Block 1
Sept - Nov

Block 2
Nov - Jan

Block 3
Jan - March

Block 4
March - May

Governing Organisations

7.5 ECTS

Governance in Contemporary Society

7.5 ECTS

Governing Social Risks: Welfare States and Labour Markets in Comparative Perspective

7.5 ECTS





7.5 ECTS


7.5 ECTS


7.5 ECTS


Total study load: 60 ECTS

The curriculum is subject to alteration. No rights may be derived from this information (including the information via the links). 

Mode of education

Each core course is composed of a series of lectures and small-scale tutorials. The lectures present the main theoretical and empirical insights about the topic of the course. In the tutorials, students learn to analyse and apply these insights by discussing and presenting various assignments in small groups.