FACULTY ADVICE
We would like to thank all faculty members who were willing to contribute a piece of advice
about their track. Do not that this is a work in progress, with some tracks missing and others outdated. It is always a good idea to see your professor(s) in person for advice!
Academic Core
Journalism
By Dr. Luscombe

There are several good journalism or media-related masters, both in the Netherlands and abroad. In the Netherlands, there are programs at Amsterdam (UvA), Groningen (English-language program), Leiden, Radboud (Nijmegen) and Rotterdam. The first two are more practical and therefore more suited to those students who wish to work as journalists, the other three are more academic and investigate journalism and media/culture. Respected programs in the UK include Cardiff, Bournemouth, Westminster, City, Sheffield. If you want to work in journalism, make sure the program you choose is accredited by the NCTJ.

At UCR you should take ACCCOMM302 Journalism. In addition, ACCRHET302 Creative Writing and/or ACCCOMM301 Media Literacy look good on the transcript, as does ACCRMET202 Qualitative Methods or courses in which you've had to do a great deal of interviewing. Courses alone are not enough. The crucial thing you will need to get onto the best journalism master programs or to get a job in journalism is Experience; write for Tabula Rasa or work for UCRadio, do an internship (try the newspaper or television/radio station in your home town, look out for the PZC summer internships or approach Omroep Zeeland or CTV), write a blog or produce a newsletter or a radio program. Make sure you keep up to date with current affairs, read journalistic articles and take workshops (or teach yourself) how to use media technology such as website design, social media tools, moviemaker, etc.

In general, if you are interested in media or journalism as an academic subject rather than a career in news journalism, then courses that are relevant are those in the Rhetoric minor, courses in the Theatre and Media Studies track, Social and Cultural History courses and the consumer society course. You should consider doing an IRP or HT in one of these fields too. The media courses at UvA (University of Amsterdam) require students to have done several courses in Methods and Statistics.

UCR students now working in Journalism: Madelijne Daub (studied Bournemouth and UvA), Tom Vennink (via freelance work while at UCR), Carla van Loon (studied at Groningen), Petra Huijgen (studied at Groningen), and Fenna van Loon (Erasmus Mundus).
Languages
By Dr. Luscombe

The language courses at UCR are language and culture courses. Learning languages helps us communicate with people from many different backgrounds and is therefore one of the key components of our international LAS program. Learning languages also raises our intercultural awareness, which teaches us about ourselves as much as it does about other people. This helps us to prevent clichés and stereotypes and therefore it plays a crucial role in our ability to think critically and reason effectively. People who are able to read, write and speak several languages have better career prospects because knowing a language and its culture in depth reduce the cultural shock, improve mutual understanding and the speaker has more chances to be a successful social agent. Last but not least, neuroscience has proved that language learning stimulates the connections in your brain, keeps your mind sharp and makes you smarter. For all these reasons it is, therefore, not surprising that learning a foreign language is an intrinsic part of many of the best Liberal Arts and Sciences Colleges in the world. Languages are essential to become responsible citizens in a global society.

Currently, students can take French, German, Spanish, or Dutch at UCR. In specific circumstances, students can choose to complete the language and culture requirement by taking a different language at another university; see the student handbook.

Students should consider taking an advanced level of a language course as part of their studies. Languages can also be included in a minor to improve one's options for master programs. Each separate minor request will need to be approved by the Director of Education, so there is no approved list of course combinations involving minors, but in the past students have for example combined Spanish with Sociology as a minor in Latin American Studies. Besides that, plenty of our students and alumni have gone on exchange or have done masters in French, German or Spanish speaking countries, or have been involved in projects in which they needed such languages, which they would not have been able to do without their UCR language and culture courses.

Several non-Dutch students have been able to pursue a master in the Netherlands because they took Dutch at UCR.

For a career in diplomacy, consider taking French.

Spanish is one of the official languages in all-international organizations.

For doing research in the humanities and science, an excellent knowledge of German is often essential.

For questions about the language and culture courses at UCR and possible master programs, go and chat to your language instructor.
Rhetoric & Argumentation
By Dr. Burke and Dr. Luscombe

Even though the Rhetoric and Argumentation (R&A) track is not offered as a major, a lot of students choose to do it as a minor. This offers opportunities at graduate level. If, for example, a student has done major tracks in literature and linguistics (or a substantial number of relevant courses in those tracks) together with a minor in R&A, then they can choose instead to focus more on a Rhetoric MA program i.e. 'language in use'. Students who are interested in such programs can contact Dr Michael Burke (R&A) or Dr Ernestine Lahey (Linguistics) for advice. A number of interesting and appropriate programs are listed below: these are in the Netherlands and the others in the UK and Ireland.

University of Utrecht
Linguistics: the study of the language faculty (a broad grammar & discourse program)
Contact: Prof. Ted Sanders

Leiden University
Media Studies (MA) specialization Journalistiek en Nieuwe Media (in Dutch)
http://en.mastersinleiden.nl/programmes/journalist...
Contact: Prof. Jaap de Jong

University of Amsterdam
Discourse and Argumentation Studies (MA)
Contact: Prof. F. Snoek-Henkemans

University of Nottingham (UK)
Literary Linguistics (MA)
Contact: Prof. Peter Stockwell

Queens University Belfast (Ireland)
Linguistics and stylistics (MA)
Contact Prof. Paul Simpson

University of Sheffield (UK)
English language & Literature (MA)
Contact: Dr. Joanna Gavins

University of Birmingham (UK)
Literary Linguistics (MA)
Contact: Prof. Michael Toolan

University of Huddersfield (UK)
Modern English Language (MA)
Contact: Dr. Dan Macintyre

University of Central Lancashire (UK)
Rhetoric (MA)
Contact: Dr Derek Bousfield

In addition to these, there are many more MA programs in the USA. Please check here for more information.
Statistics
By Dr. Verhoeven and Dr. Sklad

Top Universities
Statistics is an applied art, therefore, most master programs provided by departments relate to specific discipline utilizing statistics. In its pure form it can be found at the math departments e.g. LSE has a good tradition.

MA programs in applied statistics come by different names depending on the application: e.g. biostatistics - for medical sciences, econometrics – for economy, research methods & statistics – for social sciences. For instance Leiden offers Statistical Science for the Life and Behavioural Sciences 2 years MA programs.

Almost every respected university has a Master's program in research methods and statistics, and it is up to the student to determine the focus and make a choice.
- Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
- Universiteit Utrecht
- Universiteit Leiden
- Erasmus University Rotterdam
- LSE - London
- University of Tilburg
- Et cetera, et cetera.

Requirements

Every discipline has its own requirements; so check this before at the Master programme you want to apply to beforehand!

General Advice
For getting into a Master's program on Methods & Statistics, any UCR student should complete a track of
- ACCRMET 101
- ACCRMET 201
- ACCRMET 301
- Additionally, ACCRMET202 helps.
- Math courses can come in very handy.

Plus, some courses in the discipline of application in case of applied statistics (majority).

A capstone project, such as an IRP or HT certainly is a pro, accompanied by a letter of recommendation.

Outside of arts and humanities, academic research is dominated by quantitative methods and to a lesser extent about qualitative methods therefore you are more likely to get into a SSC master's program with multivariate statistics, then with discourse analysis in your transcript. Both would be ideal, but at a minimum the quantitative methods should be in there.

'Research seminars' help in specific disciplines, but not if you want to pursue a career in psychological research (for instance in Tilburg) then you really need quantitative methods.

International Students
UU is the only university in the Netherlands which offers a 2-year English research master, which is exclusively focused on Methods and Statistics for the social and behavioural sciences.

Arts and Humanities
Antiquity
By Dr. Hochscheid

Completing the antiquity track at UCR qualifies students to:
1. Apply to the MA programmes in Ancient Culture & Society at Utrecht University or MA programmes in Ancient Cultures at Leiden University, Groningen University, the University of Nijmegen, the Free University of Amsterdam and the University of Amsterdam.

2. Apply to MA programmes in Classical Art and/or Archaeology at universities and colleges such as the University of California (all campuses), King's College London, Royal Holloway and University College London (Archaeology, Art History), Edinburgh University (ditto), Courtauld Institute of Art (Art History, Byzantine Art), University of Lampeter, University of Leicester, Bristol University, University of York, Trinity College Dublin (all Archaeology), and Oxford University (Classics and Classical Reception), and the Warburg Institute (Art History, Byzantine Art), University of Nijmegen (Byzantine Art & History), University of Sheffield, Flinders University (Australia).

3. Apply to various MAs in Ancient History, Language and Culture, such as Gent university (Dutch-language), Leuven university, University of Würzburg (German-language), University of Lampeter, Durham University, Liverpool University, Bristol University, University of York, University College Dublin, Cork University, University of Nottingham, St. Andrews.

4. If an appropriate combination of courses (a relevant profile) has been followed at UCR, apply to various MAs in Cultural Heritage, Heritage Management, and Conservation, such as Maastricht University, University College London, University of Leicester, University of Manchester, University of Bournemouth (all heritage/museum studies), Northumbria University Newcastle, University of York (both conservation); Courtauld Institute of Art (MA wall conservation of wall painting/MA curating in the Art Museum), University of Lincoln (restoration), University of Birmingham.

Check the track outline to see how you can increase your chances of getting into these programmes while studying at UCR, and which combinations of courses will give you the best position.

For programmes in Classics or Classical reception studies, often knowledge of Greek or Latin is required; but many universities offer summer programmes that provide this knowledge. Alternatively, a student may do these languages off-campus during the semester in Amsterdam (check intranet for track outline).
Art History
By Dr. Bloemsma

Completing the Art History track qualifies students to:
1. Apply to MA programmes in Art History at the following Dutch Universities: Utrecht University, Leiden University, the University of Amsterdam, the University of Groningen, and the University of Nijmegen.

2. Apply to MA programmes in Art History at universities and colleges in the United States and the United Kingdom. UCR students have had very good experiences at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London; University College, London; and the University of Edinburgh.

3. Apply to various MA programmes in Art and Culture studies at universities in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom such as the MA in Cultural Management, Maastricht, the MA Cultural & Creative Industries at King's College London, the MA Arts Market Appraisal at Kingston University, London, and the MA Art Business at Sotheby's Institute of Art, London and New York.

Requirements
- Most Dutch Universities accept UCR students who have done 6 courses in Art History (including Senior Projects). Leiden has accepted highly motivated students with fewer Art History courses. Others, like Groningen, require you to do a so-called 'schakelprogramma', usually half a year of extra art history courses at BA level.

- Programmes in the UK have happily accepted UCR students who have finished the Art History track. Usually there is no minimum number of Art History courses that is required.

Related Courses
Depending on the MA you are interested in, the following courses might increase your chances of getting accepted. Beware that these are mere suggestions. In general, most courses in the A&H department have interesting links with Art History. The same goes for a lot of courses in other departments.

For students interested in Museum Studies:
- All courses in the Antiquity track, especially AH-ANTQ302 The Global Artefact

For students interested in pre-modern art:
- All courses in the Antiquity track
- AH-HIST207 From Rome to the Renaissance
- AH-RELI103 The Bible in the Arts

For students interested in modern art:
- All courses in the Cultural History track
- AH-LITR303 Critical Perspectives on Literary Meaning
- SSCANTH306 Advanced Cultural Studies

For students interested in technical art history:
- Courses in Chemistry

For students interested in Art Business:
- Courses in the Economy track
Linguistics
By Dr. Lahey

Linguistics is a broad field with many areas of specialization. In general, students at UCR have followed one of two linguistic-related streams:
1. An arts and humanities-oriented stream, in which a track in linguistics is combined with courses in literature, stylistics and rhetoric. These students often go on to master's programs in literature, stylistics or a related subject;

2. A science-oriented stream, in which linguistics is taken alongside courses in the science and/or social science departments, usually psychology and/or cognitive science. These students typically go on to programs in related science or social science subjects (with a linguistics component).

A few students have also focused on (socio-)linguistics, combining this with an interest in social science courses such as sociology or anthropology; these students have mainly gone on to MAs in discourse studies or similar subjects.

A complete list of master's programs in linguistics that have been followed by UCR graduates cannot be provided here. However, as an indication, UCR alumni have gone on to the following programs:

- MA Literary Linguistics, University of Nottingham
- MA in Discourse Studies, Lancaster University
- MSc Evolution of Language and Cognition, University of Edinburgh
- MSc English Language, Oxford University
- MA Linguistics: Translation in Theory and Practice, Leiden University
- MA Linguistics: Language and Communication, Leiden University

Students considering a master's program in linguistics should always speak to their instructor(s) about their plans.
Literature
By Dr. Ewa Tak-Ignaczak

Introduction
The UCR Literature programme has enabled several alumni to develop their literature-related interests further that are at an MA level. As we all know UCR is a liberal arts college so its programme requires students to meet several requirements beyond their favourite tracks. This broadens their intellectual horizons while at the same time puts serious time constraints on their study of literary topics. Nevertheless, UCR has prepared many several students' transition to literary MA's without any problem.

When writing these guidelines, I use representative examples of UCR alumnae who have been accepted in interesting and demanding Literature MAs.

Course Planning at UCR
In your first year, take AH 135 Great literary Works or AH 136 Intro to Literary Studies, and ACC 120 Introduction to Rhetoric and Argumentation.

Overall goals:
1) Take as many literature courses as you can, which means
2) Take both AH-LITR205 and AH-ANTQ202.
3) Take both AH-LITR303 and AH-LITR304.
4) Think ahead of time about literary MAs that interest you. If you choose Comparative Literature with a focus on intermediality, do take courses in the Theatre and Media Studies or Art History.
5) As with several other masters, same advice: Get your writing skills in shape and do some rhetoric and stylistics.
6) Fill up the rest with courses in such qualitative (social) sciences and humanities as Cultural Anthropology, Modern Sociology, Gender Studies, History or Cultural History and Art History since knowledge you get there will reinforce your expertise in modern critical perspectives necessary for your MA thesis.

Reference Letters
To write a favourable reference letter I need to know you well. That means I should have observed you working in at least two above 100-level courses. In order to have a clear picture of your performance (which is often asked of me as your referee) I need to know your GPA and a transcript of courses taken.

UCR alumnae on studying literature after UCR
Lisanne Cheizoo, MSc in Comparative & General Literatures, University of Edinburgh, UK
"Everywhere I go I find a poet has been there before me" - Sigmund Freud. If you are currently studying literature at UCR, you will undoubtedly find yourself agreeing with Freud's observation. Literature courses at UCR vary from studying literary theory to critical perspectives, from travel writing to film adaptation, and it is exactly this variety in courses that will help you to pursue a master's degree in Literature. Whether you are interested in how exactly literature compares itself to other disciplines and arts, or just want to continue pursuing an interdisciplinary way of studying, I recommend considering a master's in Comparative Literature. Comparative literature (as the name implies), is the comparative study of literature across various cultures and disciplines, and allows you to pursue many of the topics you already covered at UCR in more depth.

In general, most universities will offer some sort of Comparative Literature program, and depending on your personal interest, you can decide which program will suit you best. I chose the University of Edinburgh as they offer an excellent interdisciplinary program, with plenty of research opportunities and outstanding facilities, located in one of the most beautiful cities of the world. Comparative literature is quite a niche field of study, so your classes will be small – which leaves plenty of room for discussions and feedback. Overall, I find that UCR has provided me with plenty of skills to successfully complete assignments and essays. Moreover, the strong interdisciplinary focus of UCR is something that will certainly work to your advantage in a comparative literature program.

If you have any questions regarding studying literature in the UK, feel free to contact me at lisanne303@hotmail.com.

Danou Duifhuizen, MA Comparative Literary Studies: Pathway in Comparative Literature & Criticism, Goldsmith's College, UK
My MA at Goldsmiths was different from my UCR literary training mostly in its structure, as they focus on the papers you produce and have no exams. Perhaps, not ideal - as I was quite nervous that my papers would not be up to snuff to comply with an MA level (an unfounded fear it turned out to be but nevertheless). That system does really force you to work with the material rather than just learn it by heart. And if you are considering a PhD, it's a good way to find out if you enjoy independent research.

But what I enjoyed very much was that I could indulge my UCR-grown impulse to be a bit interdisciplinary within my literary studies. One of my optional courses was in the Media and Communications department, and my other optional courses had connections to linguistics and philosophy. While I was writing my master's dissertation on the origins of the Cinderella fairy-tale, this broadness helped me with figuring out the angles I wanted to take in the paper.

All in all, I'm glad I had the opportunity to study there after graduating from the UCR.

Vera Veldhuizen, MA Literature and Society: Enlightenment, Romanticism and Victorian, Edinburgh University, UK
Studying Literature and Society at Edinburgh University has been a very interesting experience. Without doubt, I can say I am very happy with my time here - but that is not entirely because of the program. There's only 4 contact hours a week, and as there are no exams or presentations, most of what you're doing in class is not of immediate purpose and more for personal enrichment. The seminars are similar to UCR in size and the importance of participation. The professors are very knowledgeable and supportive, but as it's at postgraduate level there is a lot of emphasis on independence. The literature track at UCR trains you to a high level, and Edinburgh is not challenging afterwards. The constant pressure and grading of UCR is not present at Edinburgh, grading depends on one essay per class and the final dissertation. This gives you a lot of time for yourself, which is really nice, but it also puts a lot of pressure on these papers. Luckily, the university is very supportive. The library and postgraduate office are amazing.

I would definitely recommend Edinburgh as a university and as an incredible place to live (if you can deal with cold and darkness). There is simply so much to do, learn and read! Professors and students alike support personal research and interests, with regular information and support sessions, optional lectures, and many opportunities to present your work and get tips and advice from peers and staff alike. My program itself (Literature and Society: Enlightenment, Romanticism and Victorian) does not connect very well to the UCR literature track, in that it is more specifically focused on time periods that are not really touched upon extensively at UCR, and has a strong cultural angle. This is not a problem, however, as the academic base you get at UCR prepares you well enough, and Edinburgh trains you to a higher level.

Laura Gutmann, MA Comparative Literature and Literary Theory, Leiden University
If you're in the Literature business because you just like to read, take the one-year MA in Literary Studies or an English MA. In the case of the 2-year Research MA, more is not more. If you're not particularly into literary theory, at least the Research MA I've done is no good for you - it's a lot of theory and very few actual novels.
Contact: l.gutmann@myself.com.

Daniëlle Rietveld MA (research) Comparative Literary Studies, Utrecht University
If you are studying literature at UCR, you are in for a treat! A lot of students follow one or two literature courses, just because "we all read, right?" but studying literature requires a lot more dedication than most students think! In my experience, it is a lot of work, but completely worth the effort. The great thing about literature is that it touches on all aspects of life, and will introduce you to times, places, topics, and people you would never have known otherwise. That is why I decided to continue my studies with a research master Comparative Literary Studies at UU. Think carefully about what exactly you want with your education, but in general, I would advise you to choose a two-year master programme, instead of a one-year. It gives you the opportunity to explore different kinds of research topics more in-depth. I have seen that the students in a two-year programme are in general more driven, which results in much more interesting classes and discussions! Be confident, because the literature courses at UCR will more than prepare you, even for a research master. Some universities might tell you that they do not think you have all the required knowledge, but even if this is the case (and I sincerely doubt it!), I think we more than make up for it in skills. I have spoken to a few of my current classmates, and compared to most 'regular' (Dutch) literature students, UCR literature alumni have had more practice with literary analysis, and have written more academic (English) papers. Literature masters are generally not big groups, so just as at UCR, classes are small and you can always ask in case you do run into problems. After studying at UCR, you are well prepared to handle yourself in the postgrad-world!
Contact: daniellerietveld@live.nl.

Anna Sweers, MLitt Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow, UK
This programme welcomes writers in a range of genres, from short stories to novels to poems, both fiction and non-fiction. The workshops, which are all led by published authors, teach you to read, edit and discuss your peers' work in a way that not only improves their work, but yours as well. Of special interest are the two courses, spread over two semesters: Editing and Publication (EP), and Craft and Experimentation (CX). The EP classes generally have different guest speakers every week, from writers explaining their experiences with editors to agents looking for fresh work to literary critics, and discuss the editing process, how to find and contact an agent, and many other things. This course also requires that you take on an editing project of your own: for example as editor of the programme's own magazine, From Glasgow to Saturn. The CX classes are wonderful: for these you close-read an assigned novel or poetry collection each week, not from a literary perspective but from a writer's perspective -- although anything that catches your attention as a UCR literary scholar will usually be appreciated and spice up the discussion with your classmates. Then any experimental aspect of the writing that catches your attention becomes the focus for your own experiment that week. It will teach you to try out new styles critically.

The classes are small - around ten or twelve in the workshops - as is the programme itself, and the groups tend to grow close, as the experience of having others critique your work is such a personal thing. If your are interested in learning more about your own writing and how to shape it so that agents, editors and the greater public will take an interest, this programme is for you. Whether you tend to the literary or to the commercial, give it a try. If you are worried about finding a job after this programme, then look into the MFA of the same university, which also prepares you to become a creative writing teacher.

Other examples of UCR Literature track students in related MA programmes
- MA Film and Television, the University of Hertfordshire, UK
- MLitt / MPhil in Film Studies, St Andrews, UK
- MA Critical Discourse, Culture and Communication, the University of Birmingham, UK
- MA Translation in Theory and Practice (Dutch/English), the University of Leiden

Our other alumnae to consult
- Sharon van Dijk, MPhil in Greek and/or Latin Languages and Literature, Oriel College, Oxford.
- Grace Zivny completed an MA in Book and Digital Media Studies, Leiden University, and is back in the US.
- Julie Miracle did a one-year MA in Literary Studies (research), Leiden University, and can be consulted for further information, especially to compare it with Laura Gutmann's.
Music
By Prof. Dr. Clement

Musicology (Music History and Music Theory)
UCR students who completed the Musicology track have been accepted at a number of Musicology MA programs, including those of the Dutch universities of Amsterdam and Utrecht, but also at foreign universities such as King's College London (Music Mmus), Manchester, etc. Furthermore, they will be welcomed at several MA Music programmes of Hope University, Liverpool, as well as at MA programmes from the universities of e.g. Oxford, Cambridge, Nebraska, and Harvard. Finally, and recommended by a Full Professor, they can directly apply as PhD candidate at excellent universities without the need of an MA diploma.

A Popular MA program
So far, the University of Amsterdam (UvA) has accepted all musicology students of UCR who applied in their MA's programs with pleasure and without any additional requirements (such as the need of doing a pre-Master or taking extra courses first). Within the Netherlands, this university provides broad opportunities for Musicology students form UCR.

Some time ago, the Dean of Humanities of Utrecht University has stated that the MA program of UU will in the future also not require a pre-Master anymore.

Performing Arts (Applied Music)
UCR students who completed the Performing Arts track have been accepted at a number of BA (with transfer of credits) and MA programs, including those of Dutch conservatories such as in Utrecht (HKU), Tilburg (Fontys), and Rotterdam (Codarts), but also at a number of (foreign) institutions such as the School of Music of the University of Leeds, the University of Manchester, the M.Phil. Program in Music and Media Technologies at Trinity College Dublin, the MMus in Creative Practice at Goldsmiths University, London, the MA in Music of Kingston University, the Conservatoire of Antwerp, etc.

General advice
Students with an interest in "music after UCR" are advised to take course in German at UCR because much musicological literature has been published in German. Knowledge of this language is therefore indispensable.

Furthermore, it is advised to participate in extracurricular activities, internships and a Senior Project if possible, because this will strengthen your position as an applicant, and, in the case of an internship, it may even create a job opportunity on a longer term.
Religion
By Dr. Rensma

In this section you will find some suggestions for Master programs which are relevant to the religion track. If you are interested in a particular institution, it is best to check with them at an early stage whether you match their course requirements when you graduate. These requirements also changes sometimes, which means you should always look at their website to see if the information below is still accurate.

Comment on Religious Studies Master programs
Since Religious Studies is very much an interdisciplinary field, it is a good idea to combine courses from the religion track with social science courses, particularly anthropology. An SSC master in anthropology with a minor in religion is a good way of doing this; or, going interdisciplinary, with two of your tracks being religion and anthropology; or, doing an A&H major but with a minor in Anthropology. Completing the philosophy track will also help – there is a strong overlap between religious studies and philosophy, and the philosophy courses offered at UCR regularly deal with topics relevant to religious studies.

Comment on Theology Master programs
Since theology is quite a specialized field, it is almost always impossible to go straight into a Master program in theology with a UCR bachelor. If you want to specialize in theology, you will almost certainly need to do a premaster. An exception to this rule are master programs that combine theology with a focus on the arts, such as the Master program at the University of St. Andrews entitled "Master of Letters in Theology, Imagination and the Arts." For such programs, UCR students with the right program tend to be eligible – but do contact them first before applying!

Information about specific Master programs for which UCR students might be eligible
  1. University of Amsterdam, Religion and cultural heritage master. Requirement: major in social science or humanities, with at least four courses in the field of religion taken. Two of these courses need to be on Christianity.
  2. University of Amsterdam, Religious studies research master. Requirement: major in social science or humanities, with at least four courses in the field of religion taken.
  3. University of Amsterdam, Religie en identiteit in de moderne samenleving master.
    Requirement: major in social science or humanities, with at least four courses in the field of religion taken.
  4. University of Groningen: Ancient Scriptures and Cultures: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Admission: for all Groningen programs, you need to email the 'study advisor' of the program to check if you are eligible. The right email address can be found here.
  5. University of Groningen: Religion and culture research master. Admission: for all Groningen programs, you need to email the 'study advisor' of the program to check if you are eligible. The right email address can be found here.
  6. University of Groningen: Religion and the public domain. Admission: for all Groningen programs, you need to email the 'study advisor' of the program to check if you are eligible. The right email address can be found here.
  7. University of Leiden, Religion, culture and society Master. To check if you are eligible, please contact the program coordinator. The right email address can be found here.
  8. Radboud University Nijmegen. Religiestudies master. To check if you are eligible, please contact the study advisor. The right email address can be found here.
  9. MSc in Religious Studies at the University of Edinburgh. Requirement: Completion of 4 courses in the religion track, preferably accompanied by some of the courses listed under 'related courses' at the beginning of this document.
  10. Many other Universities in the UK offer excellent Religious Studies Master programs too: well-respected institutions are Cambridge, Oxford, St. Andrews, Kent, Bristol (which also offers a Master in Buddhist Studies) and Leeds. In general, these institutions tend to ask for a Bachelor in a related subject, but leave it unspecified what this exactly means – which makes it unclear whether a UCR Bachelor will be accepted. It is therefore wise to check with them before you apply whether you stand a chance of getting in.
  11. The School for Oriental and African Studies in London is also an excellent institution, which offers many Master programs which may be of interest to UCR graduates (particularly relevant for students interested in Eastern traditions). Please check the requirements for the particular program you are interested in on their website to see if you qualify.
  12. Other well-respected institutions around the world: Department of Studies in Religion at the University of Sydney; School of Divinity at the University of Chicago; Religious Studies department at the University of California in Santa Barbara.
Social History (and American Studies)
By Dr. N. Mykoff

The following is a general overview of graduate programs followed by UCR students that have completed upper level (200 and 300) Social History classes. They are part of, and thus located within, the History Track. (See the UCR intranet Track: History). As a result, graduate programs listed in this document are also listed within the History Track.

The interdisciplinary nature of all Social History courses, and the freedom to research any topic of interest in the final projects, have helped students gain entry into programs in Public Humanities; U.S. Security, Media and Museum Studies; Art, Literature and Social Psychology. In addition, research projects, like the open interviews in the History of Women and Gender course, introduce students to new ideas and perspectives. They also acquaint them with leading scholars and individual leaders with a wide range of experiences and expertise. These intellectual developments and encounters enrich undergraduate education and post UCR studies and life.

I. What is Social History? What is American Studies?
Social History spotlights the lives of common men, women, and children. Famous (and infamous) leaders are relegated to the margins of the narrative. All are studied within the context of ordinary and extraordinary historical moments. Examples are AH-HIST208 the History of Women and Gender; and AH-ANTQ203 Ancient History – Self and Other in the Ancient World.

American Studies is an interdisciplinary field that defies one single definition. It explores "all things American" in local and global contexts. As a result, American Studies classes vary. Some provide an overview of American History. Others focus sharply on a topic i.e., Science Fiction. All draw from different disciplines. These include Literature, Film and Media Studies, as well as History. (See the American Studies Minor on the UCR intranet).

Does American Studies differ from American History? Yes. And no. American History courses at UCR study the past within a specific time frame. They are Social History courses because they privilege the lives of ordinary people. They do this by delving into, and drawing from, a wide range of sources and perspectives. Thus, they incorporate the American Studies approach to studying the past. For example, the History of Women and Gender course studies the daily lives of women and girls (as well as men and boys) from 1880-1960's, in part, by analyzing diaries, memoirs, paintings and photographs. Students use the American History classes to gain admittance into American Studies and American History graduate programs, as well as MA and PhD programs within different historical fields and graduate fields of study.

II. Course Choices
Students should follow undergraduate history courses that both broaden and deepen knowledge. On the one hand, take courses with an historical theme or topic never studied. On the other, follow those that that offer a different perspective on a single topic. For example, if you are interested in Conflict Studies, you might take a course that looks at war within the context of a Military History and the History of Women and Gender. Use 300-level History courses (including Senior Projects and Academic Internships), to closely explore a topic of interest and target specific graduate programs. The capstone is another excellent means to do both.

III. Grants
Research funding possibilities as early as possible, even if you are uncertain about your post-UCR path. Once you receive one grant, the probability of receiving another increases. Writing, research and critical thinking skills, central to all Social History classes, have helped applicants win a range of (international, national, local, and university) awards that defray the costs of their graduate education. These run the gamut from Tuition Remission to Fulbright Scholarships.

IV. Which Program?
There are a wide range of graduate programs. The quality varies. Samples are listed below. Choose possible programs by area of interest, faculty, and funding. Tap into the expertise of UCR faculty, visiting scholars, and alumni. In general, UCR graduates find two year MA programs most satisfying. Indeed, many are dissatisfied with one year programs. Thus far, graduate studies connected with PhD work and/or internships rank the highest amongst graduates.

V. Other Options?
Many students opt to take 'time off' after graduation. Most find the time taken very useful. Philippa Parmar, for instance, worked for a NGO in the Middle East. The experience was critical in her eventual choice of graduate studies. Others have enriched their profiles, and themselves, by pursuing paid and unpaid internships, like those offered at the Roosevelt Study Center (RSC). Inga Zwart, for example, did an internship at the RSC, and is currently pursuing graduate studies at Brown College.

VI. Historians
Visiting Historians
American History/Studies: Dr. Dario Fazzi and Dr. Hans Krabbendam

UCR Historians
American History/Studies: Dr. N. Mykoff
Antiquity: Dr. H. Hochscheid
Military History: Dr. T. van Gent.
Social and Cultural History: Dr. N. Mykoff and Dr. A. van Dixhoorn

American Studies Minor: Dr. N. Mykoff
Gender Studies Minor: Dr. N. Mykoff
World History Minor: Dr. A. van Dixhoorn.

VII. Graduate Fields
American History
American Studies
Antiquity
Art History
Conflict Studies
Contemporary Art
Cultural History
Cultural Studies
Early Modern History
Gender Studies
History
Literary Studies
Media Studies
Modern History and International Relations
Public Humanities
Research Masters
Security Studies
Social History
Social and Cultural History
Social Psychology
U.S. Studies
Women's Studies
World History

VIII. Sample of Colleges and Universities with Excellent Graduate Programs
University of Birmingham (i.e., Global History MA; Social Research MA)
Brown College (i.e., PhD in American Studies)
East Anglia (i.e., MA American Studies)
University of Heidelberg (i.e., MA Global History)
Universiteit Leiden (i.e., Arts, Media and Society; International Studies)
Columbia University and the London School of Economics (i.e., Dual MA/MSc in International and World History)
New York University (i.e., MA/PhD History of Women and Gender; Archives and Public History)
Radboud University Nijmegen (i.e., MA Literature and Cultures of North American in an International Perspective)

IX. Sample of Graduate Programs followed by UCR Students
Europe
1. MSc in US History, University of Oxford
2. MA in History at the London School of Economics and Political Science
3. MA in Medieval and Renaissance Studies, University College London
4. MA in Intellectual History at the University of Edinburgh
5. MSc Design and Digital Media at the University of Edinburgh
6. Ma/MSC in International and World History, a Joint Program offered by London School of Economics and Columbia University
7. MSc in Social and Cultural History in the School of History, Classical and Archaeology, at Goldsmith's College
8. MA in Social Psychology at the VU Amsterdam
9. MA in History, Theory and Display in the School of Arts, Culture and Environment at the University of Edinburgh
10. MA in International Conflict Studies at King's College
11. MA in Arts and Cultural Management at King's College
12. MA in International Crimes and Criminology at the VU Amsterdam
13. MA at Courtauld Institute of Art, England
14. MA in Security Studies at Aberystwyth University
15. MA in Cultural History, Goldsmiths College
16. MA in American Studies and Politico-Economic Specialization and Cultural Specialization at Radboud University, Nijmegen
17. Research Master Social and Cultural Science at Radboud Universiteit, Nijmegen.
18. MA in North American Studies, Radboud University Nijmegen
19. MA in U.S. Studies at the University of Sydney
20. MA in American Studies at Heidelberg Center for American Studies
21. MA in American History at the University of Edinburgh
22. MA in Gender Studies at Utrecht University.
23. MA Program U-Teach at Utrecht University, NL
24. MA Program in Women, Violence and Conflict, University of York
25. MA in Gender, Sexuality and Culture, University of Manchester
26. MA in Women, Gender and Society, University College Dublin

The United States
1. MA in Public Humanities, Brown University
2. MA/MSc in International and World History, a Joint Program offered by Columbia University with London School of Economics
3. MA in Public Relations, Emerson University
4. MA in History at Brandeis University Waltham, Mass.
5. MA in Contemporary Art at Sotheby's Institute of Art-New York
6. MA in Media Studies, Emerson College
7. MA in Women's Studies, New York University

X. Contacts: UCR Graduates and their respective graduate programs
- Debby-Esmee de Vlugt (MSc US Studies – University of Oxford)
- Monique Kill (MA/MSc in International and World History, a Joint Program offered by Columbia University and the London School of Economics)
- Lisette van Leemput (MA in American Studies – University of Heidelburg)
- Bart Simon (MA in Security Studies - Aberystwyth University)
- Vicky Hansen (MA in Media Studies – Emerson College)
- Frank van der Mark (MA American Studies – Leiden University)
- Selina Heupink (Research MA in Social Psychology – Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam)
- Jacobien Kuijpers (MA in History, Theory and Display – School of Arts, Culture and Environment at the University of Edinburgh)
- Trinidad Carney (MA in Media Studies – Emerson College)
- Gabrielle de Poortier (MA in Contemporary Art – Sotheby's NYC)
- Samantha Rijkers (MA in Women's Studies – New York University)
- Bart-Jan Vieldhuizen (MA in US Studies – University of Sydney)
- Meghan Schalkwijk (MA in American Studies – University of Amsterdam)
- Philippa Parmer (both internship at an NGO and then an MA)
- Anne Reijnders (Research Master Programme in Social and Cultural Science – University of Nijmegen)
- Inge Zwaart (MA Public Humanities – Brown College)
Science
Biology
Dr. Flameling has created a very elaborate Master Guide for Biology, which can be found on the Intranet.
Chemistry
By Dr. Hanekamp

It is not easy to single out a top-five, as in chemistry there is widely diverging range of possibilities that a student interested in chemistry might choose from. Overall, most Dutch universities that carry a chemistry program are good, as chemistry has a long-standing history in the Netherlands.

With respect to the student requirements from UCR's point of view, students that want to enroll in more theoretical/computational chemistry programs would best profit from Richard van den Doel's courses, as they provide an excellent overview of the physics and mathematics involved (SCIPHYS 101; SCIPHYS202).

For those students that want to focus more on the molecular side of chemistry, my own courses will be appropriate. These courses interlock well with biochem/biology courses (SCILIFE101; SCICHEM202; SCILIFE201; SCILIFE301).

Now, overall, students interested in chemistry should take lab courses. Practical skills in chemistry are a prerequisite in advancing into masters programs anywhere. This holds both for the chemically oriented lab courses as well as the life science lab courses. Preferably, students should find courses outside UCR to enhance their lab skills during their bachelor's work at UCR. That will increase their chances of enrolment into masters programs.
Cognitive Science
By Dr. Andringa

Introduction
Cognitive science is a very broad field combining various disciplines, including (but not restricted to) neuroscience, psychology, neurology, physics, linguistics and computer science. Some of the master programs focus on (molecular) neuroscience, others on for instance (neuro)psychology and yet others on (computational) modelling. Hence these programs are not easily comparable.

Type of masters
Many of the masters in this field are research masters, meaning you are trained to do research at a university/ hospital/ pharmaceutical company or other industry. Many of the research masters look for evidence of research experience, via internships, Senior Projects, statistics courses, or research projects within courses. This is preferably empirical research, using quantitative analyses. Some of the masters (i.e. neuropsychology) train for working in a medical setting. Every master program is different; meaning the overview below should be regarded as a very general overview. If you are fascinated by this field, talk to me a.s.a.p.; together we can design a program at UCR that fits your interest.

Requirements
As cognitive science masters are multidisciplinary in nature, the required courses are not always well defined and may vary per master programme.

A master in (cognitive) neuroscience typically looks for courses in cognitive science, life sciences, biochemistry, statistics, lab courses and psychology. Good additions are molecular and cellular physiology, psychobiology of stress, human physiology, pharmacology, computer science, mathematics, IRP/internship and summer courses / exchange courses in neuroscience.

A master in psycholinguistics typically looks for courses in cognitive science, linguistics, psychology (introduction /developmental), computer science and statistics. Good additions are anthropology, mathematics, life science, and a Senior Project/internship.

A master in artificial intelligence/ computational neuroscience typically looks for courses in computer science, cognitive science, mathematics, statistics, and introduction to psychology. Good additions are linguistics and life science.

A master in neuropsychology typically looks for courses in psychology (medical and in some cases all psychology courses available), cognitive science, and biomedical or life science. Good additions are statistics and a Senior Project/internship.

Master programs
There is an endless list of master programs, please find below some examples of good programs:
• Cognitive Neuroscience in Nijmegen
• Neuroscience and Cognition in Utrecht
• Cognitive Neuropsychology in Amsterdam (VU)
• Neurasmus program (collaboration of universities in the Netherlands and abroad)
• Cognitive Neuroscience London (UCL)
• Research in Systems Neuroscience in Bristol
• Neuroscience in Strasbourg
Computer Science
By Dr. Brooks

Students that wish to pursue a master's degree in computer science should take all the courses in the computer science track and as many courses as possible in the mathematics track.

A master's degree in computer science requires between 1 and 2 years of study depending on the institution and country. One year of study usually means a project component representing only 3 months of full time work. Two years of study usually means a project component representing between 6-12 months of full time work. Supervisors usually expect that the results of project work are publishable. This is especially true for a 2 year long program of study.

Some master degree programs address specialized topics such as artificial intelligence, cloud computing, cyber security, green computing, machine learning, natural language processing, robotics, and web science. Some master degree programs combine computer science with another field of study (e.g. computing and music).

In the USA, the best-qualified students are typically awarded teaching or research assistantship positions, which offset the cost of tuition. Of course, in return, such students have to perform some work. In the case of a teaching assistantship, these duties can include grading and supervising laboratory work.

Since 2006, students that have completed the computer science track have enrolled in Master degree programs in Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, and the United Kingdom.

Some useful links:

University of Utrecht
http://www.uu.nl/masters/en/computing-science

TU/e
https://www.tue.nl/en/university/departments/mathe...

Lists of Masters in Computer Science & IT
http://www.mastersportal.eu/disciplines/24/compute...
http://www.findamasters.com/search/courses.aspx?SAID=23

QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016 - Computer Science & Information Systems http://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings...

Guide to postgraduate study in other countries
http://www.careers.ox.ac.uk/postgraduate-study-in-...

Guide to careers in Computing & IT
http://www.careers.ox.ac.uk/computing/
Earth & Environmental Science
By Dr. Resovsky and Dr. van der Weijden

Earth and Environmental Science offers and prepares for many possibilities for subsequent choices for a Master Program, depending on your interest. Examples are (without trying to be complete) Ocean sciences, Water science, treatment and management, Hydrogeology, Resource winning and recovery, Environmental and Geochemistry, Geo-technology, Geophysics, Environmental Technology, Earth System Science, Energy and sustainability, Climatology, Biotechnology, Bio-geology, Hydro ecology, Environmental Policy, Economic Geology, Hydrometallurgy, Sedimentology, Biobased Economy. For an idea of how the previous subjects are related you can consult this Utrecht University webpage.

Because of the interdisciplinary nature of the earth sciences and the many choices for master programs, a good basis in the core sciences is essential. That could either be physics, math or chemistry, but preferably a combination of these core sciences; SCIMATH102, PHYS101, CHEM101, MATH201, MATH202, PHYS202, CHEM201, MATH302. Additionally, depending on the field (and future career!) the student aims for, this is combined with biology/ecology (SCIENVI101, 201, 301, 302), laboratory science (SCILABO101, 201, 301), hydrology (SCIEARTH302), computer science (SCICOMP102, 302), biochemistry (SCICHEM202), geography (SSCHUMG101, 203), or economics (SSCECON104, 307).

Typical combinations are:
1. Earth Science with Mathematics and Chemistry combined with a choice of Laboratory Science, Biology, Geography, Hydrology, Environmental Law
2. Earth Science with Physics and Mathematics combined with a choice of Computer Science, Hydrology and Chemistry
3. Earth Sciences combined with Geography, Psychology, Political Science, Economics

Students have entered Master programs in The Netherlands in geochemistry, hydrology, energy and sustainability (Utrecht University), geophysics, management (TU Delft), environmental sciences, biotechnology and forestry (Wageningen University). In the USA and Canada (and sometimes UK) it is possible to combine a Masters program with a Doctorate (PhD). Contact track coordinators for specifics.

For preparation and a better impression of the field of your interest, it is possible to do a semester away, to follow a Minor programme. These are available at most universities. For example: TU Delft offers a minor in ores and mining, and water management. Wageningen University offers minors in various fields as well. If you intend to continue at a Technical University or at WETSUS (which offers Masters and PhD's in Energy and Water Technology) in one of the engineering degrees, following a Minor (6 months = "semester away") in which you learn about Process Design and Analysis is highly recommended as well as a solid basis in Math. Another option is to partake in an exchange program with universities with which we have such a program. An internship, Independent Research Project, Honors Thesis or Capstone project that focuses on a topic in the Earth Sciences is of great benefit to practice research and explore the field of interest. Students have done internships at Hogeschool Zeeland and WETSUS. Internships are also possible at NIOO and UMICORE.

You are encouraged to discuss the previous with the track coordinators. You can make use of their specific network of professionals and alumni to shape your education to have the best interface between Bachelors and desired Masters. Many different careers are possible. Therefore, it is wise to consider, besides your topic of interest, that some jobs could require full-time presence, frequent travel abroad, physical fitness for fieldwork and so on, whereas other jobs could be mostly working in an office, computer modelling or interaction with clients/government.

Programs to which UCR Earth Sciences graduates have been admitted, with successful results:
Utrecht University MSc. Sustainable Development [Lucy Buck]
Utrecht University MSc. Climate Physics [Wim van Caspel]
Utrecht University MSc. Water Sciences and Management [Isabella Bok]
Delft University MSc Applied Geophysics [Myrna Staring (PhD cand.)]
Cambridge University MPhil Environmental Policy [Richard van der Beek]
Utrecht University MSc. Hydrology [Martijn Visser, Gilian Schout (PhD cand.)]
Utrecht University MSc. Biogeochemistry [Leo de Jong, Fatima Sulu-Gambiri (PhD cand.)]
Oxford University MSc. Water Science Policy and Management [Els van der Reep, Elvira Brooks]
University Edinburgh Geosciences (Earth Observations and Modelling Group) [Jelte Mense, PhD cand.]
ETH Zurich MSc. Earth Science [Babs Doodkorte]
Stellenbosch University Agriculture [Anne Baauw]
Wageningen U. Research Business Innovator Green Adaptation [Susan Nijsingh]
Wageningen U. MSc. Biotechnology [Annemerel Mol (Phd Cand.)]
Wageningen U. MSc. Forest and Nature Conservation [Sanne Olthof, Anne Baauw] University of Michigan MSc. Environmental Science (with Huygens and Fullbright scholarships) [Susan Nijsingh]

Private and Public institutions employing UCR Earth Sciences graduates:
Deltares [Martijn Visser, consultant]
Schulumberger [Gilian Schout, consultant]
Wetsus Water Technology R&D Intern [Annemerel Mol, R&D Intern]
Bioprocess Pilot Facility R&D Intern [Annemerel Mol, R&D Intern]
European Commission (Environmental Policy) [Susan Nijsingh, advisor]
European Parliament (environmental policy) [Susan Nijsingh, MEP advisor]
World Bank (water and sanitation) [Elvira Broeks, analysist]

Programs in personal networks of track coordinators:
University of Colorado, Boulder Geophysics [Resovsky]
Colorado School of Mines [Resovsky]
University Utrecht, Geosciences, Seismology [Resovsky]
University California San Diego, Scripps Institute [Resovsky]
Delft University, Resource Engineering [van der Weijden]
Utrecht University, Biogeochemistry [van der Weijden]
Wageninging University, Environmental Technology [van der Weijden]
Wetsus [van der Weijden]
Mathematics (and other Hard Sciences)
By Dr. Van den Doel

(The following information was taken from the Mathematics Track document, which can be found on the intranet.)

The list below gives an overview of Master Programs for which UCR Hard Sciences students are accepted. For most students, we know that they have completed or will be completing this program. For some students, we do not know if they have successfully completed the program for which they were accepted.

1. Mathematics at Utrecht University (Pre-Master required or incorporated in Master), Nela Lekic and Norbert Mikolajewski
2. Prestige Master in Physics and Chemistry at Utrecht University, Gijs van Swaaij
3. Mathematics, York University, Toronto, Canada, Jiawei Li
4. Color in Informatics and Media Technology, CIMET, Granada, Spain and Gjøvik University College, Norway, Annick van der Hoest
5. Supercomputing at Utrecht University, Gerhard Burger
6. Particle Physics at University of Amsterdam, Veerle Heijne, Suzanne Klaver and David Hohn
7. Computing Science, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver (BC), Canada, Laurens Bakker
8. Information Security, Royal Holloway, University of London, Arne Padmos
9. Mathematics at University of Technology Eindhoven (Pre-Master required or incorporated in Master), Milou Anteunisse
10. Computing Science at University of Technology Eindhoven, Mereke van Garderen
11. Mathematics at Catholic University Leuven, Nanneke Lapidaire and Emma Keizer
12. Computing Science at Oxford University, Puck Rombach and Anne Hillebrand
13. Technology Policy at Cambridge University, Jelte Mense
14. Computer Graphics at University of Bournemouth, Tim van Mourik
15. Mathematical Statistics at ETH Zürich, Christina Heinze
16. Physics at Cambridge University, Emmy Gabriel
17. Ocean Physics at Brest University, Normandy, France, Alexander Siteur
18. Management Science and Operations at Cambridge University, Fran¸coise Alblas
19. Applied Geophysics, Erasmus Mundus Program, Myrna Staring
20. Pre-Master Econometrics, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Tessa Stehouwer
21. PhD program in Statistics, Duke University, Willem van den Boom
22. Computational Science, ETH Zürich, Thijs Vogels
23. Nanoscience, South-Korea, Wutse Hooch Antink
Physics
By Dr. De Wit

Track information
Courses in the physics track are taught by Dr. Van den Doel and Dr. De Wit. As the physics track at University College Roosevelt doesn't include very many courses, we had to choose carefully what subjects to include and what not include. We have put the emphasis on classical mechanics, electromagnetism, special relativity, quantum mechanics, quantum chemistry, some elements of field theory and the theory of elementary particles. Much of the material we teach is common to the majority of physics bachelor programs, and we also try to use textbooks that are commonly used around the world. More details can be found in the track document that is available on the UCR intranet. If you are considering a career in a physics-related field, the instructors will happily discuss your options with you.

Possible Master Programs
Over the years, UCR graduates have been admitted to physics Master and PhD programs at various universities. An incomplete list includes
- University of Utrecht (Prestige Master physics, Energy Science, Hydrology)
- University of Amsterdam (Particle Physics, Astronomy)
- NIKHEF Amsterdam (particle physics)
- ETH Zurich (Atmospheric and Climate Science)
- CERN Geneva (CERN is a collaboration of many universities, several UCR graduates have spent time there as part of a Master and/or PhD program)

Obviously there are many other good physics programs in the world, too many to list. Physics is a traditional department in almost all universities, and the content of the first-year of corresponding masters are often rather similar. The quality of your master will depend mostly on the quality of the research group and supervisor you will be working with. You can find a lot of information via the Internet. If possible get in touch with the research group beforehand, via an open day, via a visit you arrange yourself or via the network of a UCR instructor.

Our experience is that UCR graduates wishing to continue in physics had a relatively easy time getting admitted to master programs. Physics is a field for which reasonable amounts of funding remain available and most master programs are not overwhelmed with loads of student applications. Of course you need to be motivated and have reasonable grades, but it certainly isn't true that you need to be an A+ student to get accepted. It is true that you should do as many physics courses as possible, and that a strong knowledge of mathematics is required.

UCR courses to take
Students aiming to do a master in a physics-related field are advised to take UCR courses in the tracks of physics, mathematics and computer science. These tracks don't contain many courses, so do try to take as many as possible. Mathematics is particularly important, also if you are aiming for a physics master which focuses on less theoretical and more experimental topics. Other tracks with useful courses are earth science and chemistry. Doing an Independent Research Project or Honor Thesis in physics is a very good idea.

As some courses are taught only every other year, it is important to start the track as early as possible. For a student starting in the fall semester, it is recommended to do the 100-level math course (SCIMATH101) in the first semester and the 100-level physics course (SCIPHYS101) in the second semester. This should allow you to do all other UCR physics and math courses in the later semesters.

In almost all master programs you will be writing papers. These can be research papers that are submitted to professional journals, contributions to scientific conferences, or reports on products you've designed. A great advantage of having a background in Liberal Arts & Science is that you have been trained in writing. So it is a good idea to take some courses that will really help you improve writing skills. For quite a few physics masters it is also useful that you have a good sense of the context in which physics research is done. So some courses in the humanities and social sciences can definitely be helpful. Finally it is of course always good to train yourself in math-based disciplines like Economics and Methods & Statistics.
Social Science
Anthropology
By Dr. Friedman

Degree programmes in anthropology are varied, with many sub-specialisations. In addition, departments maintain various geographical foci, as well as different theoretical and historical orientations. And, this is not to mention the fact that different countries take different approaches to the teaching and studying of anthropology. Because of this wide variety, we think that the best way to support students would be to address their individual needs and interests. We are very happy to meet with students individually to discuss both potential master's programmes, as well as UCR programme design in preparation for a masters in anthropology, cultural studies or development studies. Students should feel free to contact John Friedman or Herman Tak directly.

All students interested in pursuing anthropology at the masters level would, however, be advised to complete the following UCR courses:
- SSCANTH101
- SSCANTH201
- SSCANTH202
- SSCANTH203
- ACCRMET202
- Senior Project in Anthropology

In addition, any and all 300-level anthropology course would further enhance a student's preparedness for a post-graduate course in the field.

Outside the anthropology track (but still within the Social Science Department), students would benefit from courses in the sociology and human geography tracks specifically. For those interested in political anthropology, SSCPOLI101 would be a good complement; for those interested in legal anthropology, SSCLAWJ101 would be a very good choice.

In the Arts and Humanities department, students might wish to select any course from the philosophy track, as well as selected courses from the antiquity and/or linguistics tracks. Those interested in the anthropology of religion would benefit from any course in the religion track.
Economics
Dr. Karas has created a very elaborate Master Guide for Economics, which can be found on the Intranet.
Human Geography
Dr. Mueller-Friedman has created a very elaborate Master Guide for Human Geography, which can be found on the Intranet.
Political Science & IR
Dr. Lelieveldt has created a very elaborate Master Guide for Political Science and IR, which can be found on the Intranet.

For guides on what courses to take at UCR, be sure to also check PoLaw's Course Booklet!
Psychology
By Dr. Wiese, AAC External Officer Daniel Janssen (AAC '14-'15 board) & PsyCo '14-'15 Board

1) Introduction
If you want to pursue a career in psychology, you have several options in terms of which disciplines you can choose. In this piece of the Master Guide, the Netherlands shall be the focus. If you are interested in pursuing a Master's programme in another country, feel free to approach Dr. Wiese and discuss your options.

2) Pre-Masters
Unfortunately, most programmes in psychology, particularly those in the clinical discipline, require pre-master programmes. As mentioned before, a pre-master programme includes a number of courses that the university wants you to take before you start the Master in order to make your educational background more "specific". The programme often takes a year (or half a year) and covers material that you have not had (enough of) at UCR.

3) Overview
For its Psychology programmes Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) aims to only admit students who have completed a Bachelor programme in Psychology, thus excluding University College students. This means that you cannot get into the clinical programmes "Clinical Psychology" and "Clinical Child and Youth Psychology", but it is possible that Erasmus will accept you into other Psychology-related programmes if you apply for them. If not, you can still take a pre-master offered by the Open University (OU) in order to get into the following programmes:
- Organisational Psychology
- Psychology of Human Learning and Performance

Furthermore, you can also apply for the Master "Brain and Cognition", for which Erasmus does not offer a pre-master. However, you might be able to get in without a Bachelor degree in Psychology. Finally, what you should know is that Erasmus offers all of the non-clinical programmes in both English and Dutch. For more information, visit their website.

A lot of UCR students go on to pursue a Master's programme at Leiden University (UL), starting with a pre-master's programme. In order to get into this pre-master's, UCR students need to fulfil several criteria:
- The student is fluent in the Dutch language (the pre-master's is in Dutch).

- The student has completed the maximum number of Psychology courses at UCR:
o SSCPSYC101 (Introduction to Psychology)
o SSCPSYC201 (Social Psychology), SSCPSYC202 (Abnormal Psychology), SSCPSYC204 (Medical and Health Psychology)
o SSCPSYC302 (Developmental Psychology), SSCPSYC304 (Psychodiagnostics and Psychotherapies), SSCPSYC301 (The Psychology of Organizations: Management and Leadership).
o SCI 369 (The Psychobiology of Stress: Health and Disease – not taught anymore)

- The student has completed all required academic skill courses at UCR

- The student has completed a Senior Project in Psychology

- The student has a high grade for the Senior Project
o At least B+ or ranking among the top 20% of your class.

- The student has a high grade for course work
o At least B+ or ranking among top 20% of your class.

If you meet all of these criteria, you are eligible for the pre-master's programme, which will cover the following courses:
- Psychometrics
- Psychodiagnostics
- Multi-Variate Data Analysis
- Bachelor's Research Project
- Advanced course in the field of envisioned Master's programme.

Finally, completing the pre-master's programme will give you access to the following Master's programmes (in English)
- Health Psychology
- Occupational Health Psychology
- Social and Organisational Psychology
- Clinical Psychology
- Clinical Neuropsychology
- Child and Adolescent Psychology
- Applied Cognitive Psychology
- Economic and Consumer Psychology
- Methodology and Statistics in Psychology
- Clinical and Health Psychology (Research Master, selective)
- Developmental Psychology (Research Master, selective)
- Cognitive Neuroscience (Research Master, selective)
- Social and Organisational Psychology (Research Master, selective)

For questions or more information, contact Leiden University: mhaas@fsw.leidenuniv.nl

Maastricht University (UM) offers seven taught Master's programmes in Psychology:
- Health and Social Psychology
- Psychology and Law
- Work and Organizational Psychology
- Developmental Psychology
- Cognitive Neuroscience
- Neuropsychology
- Forensic Psychology (2-year, selective)

… and five (very selective) Research Master's in Psychology:
- Cognitive Neuroscience
- Fundamental Neuroscience
- Neuropsychology
- Psychopathology
- Neuroeconomics

As you can see, Maastricht University focuses mostly on neuropsychological discplines, but also offers unique Master's programmes in Psychology, such as Psychology and Law and Forensic Psychology. There are two important things you should know if you are interested in one of their programmes:

- Maastricht University works with Problem-Based Learning. Check this video if you do not know what that means.
- It is one of the few universities that does not seem to directly exclude students who have not obtained a Psychology Bachelor degree (such as UCR students) or obliges them to take a pre-master. You can apply for any Psychology programme, but you will have to write a one-page motivation letter.

For more questions or information about the Psychology programmes, check out the Maastricht University website. Information about the Forensic Psychology programme can be found on a different website.

Radboud University Nijmegen (RU) offers three Psychology Master specializations in:
- Work, Organization and Health (Dutch)
- Behavioural Change (Dutch)
- Health Care Psychology (Dutch)

There is only one Master's programme offered in English, which is the Research Master in Behavioural Science. This is a top-rated programme and several UCR students have pursued this degree (see Alumni Advice). RU also has several research programmes in Cognitive Neuroscience, which you can check out here. For more information about the Psychology Masters, visit the RU website.

University of Groningen (RUG) offers a wide range of Psychology Master's programmes. There are five taught Psychology programmes at the RUG available in English:
- Industrial and Organizational Psychology
- Cognitive and Clinical Neuropsychology
- Cognitive and Psychophysiology
- Social Psychology and its applications
- A Master's programme of free choice (e.g. Psychometrics, Statistics and Methodology, Theory and History of Psychology, and Other)

There are seven taught Psychology programmes at RUG available in Dutch:
- Clinical Psychology
- Developmental Psychology
- Social Psychology and its applications
- Work and Organizational Psychology (AOP: Arbeids- Organisatie- en Personeelpsychologie)
- Clinical Neuropsychology
- Cognitive and Psychophysiology
- A Master's programme of free choice

Groningen admits students who have obtained a Bachelor's degree in Social Sciences, with a specialty in Psychology, Sociology or Pedagogics. Most likely, UCR students wishing to apply would have to complement their courses with a pre-master. Furthermore, students are required to have enough knowledge of Statistics and its theory (requirements can be found here).

Utrecht University (UU) offers eight Psychology-related Master programmes, of which all "taught" programs are in Dutch, and two Research programmes in English:
- Youth Studies (Dutch)
- Clinical and Health Psychology (Dutch)
- Clinical Child- and Youth Psychology (Dutch)
- Methodology and Statistics for the Behavioural, Biomedical and Social Sciences (Research, 2-year)
- Neuropsychology (Dutch)
- Social and Health Psychology (Research, 2-year)
- Social and Organisational Psychology (Dutch)
- Applied Cognitive Psychology (Dutch)

As you can see, the two English programmes are both Research Masters. The remaining Dutch programs have several "unique" programs amongst them, such as Youth Studies and Applied Cognitive Psychology. As for whether you will be able to enter the clinical programmes at UU, you will have to find out by going through the regular admission process. The admission committee will judge whether you have sufficient knowledge (of psychology and statistical methods) for the programme. However, here are some pointers that can help you get into UU:

- Complete a Senior Project of quantitative nature.
- Make sure to have enough knowledge of clinical skills, such as psychodiagnostics and clinical interviewing (possibly by means of the aforementioned Open University curriculum).

Keep in mind that UU does not offer a pre-master programme, although you might improve your chances of getting into UU after completion of a pre-master at a different university (such as Leiden University). For more information, visit this webpage.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) offers several psychology and related master programs both in English and Dutch. The Master's programmes offered in English are:
- Clinical and Developmental Psychopathology (Research Master, 2-year)
- Cognitive Neuropsychology (Research Master, 2-year)
- Social Psychology (Research Master, 2-year)

More information about the psychology and related English programmes at VU can be found here.

The programmes in Psychology and related courses offered in Dutch are:
- Criminology
- Criminology: Intervention Criminology
- Criminology: Detection Criminology
- Work and Organizational Psychology
- Clinical Developmental Psychology
- Clinical Psychology
- Social Psychology
- Educational Sciences and Pedagogy

More information about the Psychology (and related) Dutch Masters at VU can be found here.

In terms of admission requirements, VU asks for an academic Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in Psychology or Education. However, exceptions can be made, as students with a related academic Bachelor's degree (such as UCR students) may also apply. Generally, VU looks for students with good academic standing (GPA = 3.3 or higher, Senior Project = B+ or higher).

Some specifications have specific entry requirements, such as the Clinical and Developmental Psychopathology Master, for which the students are asked to have completed "an introductory level course in clinical diagnosis and assessment of mental health problems and risks". For the Social Psychology Master, the students are asked to have a Bachelor's degree with an emphasis on Social Psychology, Cognitive Science, Methodology, Statistics and Research.

Several other universities are not covered in this document:
- Open University (https://www.ou.nl/web/english/home)
- Tilburg University (https://www.tilburguniversity.edu/)
- University of Amsterdam (http://www.uva.nl/en/home)
- University of Twente (http://www.utwente.nl/en/)
Sociology
By Dr. Vazquez

This is a list of the key universities that have strong MAs in the various field that are explored in the Sociology track. I suggest that each graduate student makes their own choice among the variety of MA programs that they have.

NL
University of Utrecht: Media and Performance Studies
University of Nijmegen: Human Geography.

UK
University of Bristol (Centre for the Study of Colonial and Postcolonial Studies)
University of Warwick (Social and Political Thought)
University of Sussex (Social and Political Thought)
Goldsmiths College
SOAS
Birbeck College

USA / Canada
CUNY (Graduate Center)
SUNY-Binghamton and Stony Brook (Philosophy, Anthropology, Visual Arts, Sociology)
Duke University (Centre for the Humanities)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Latin-American Studies)
University of New Mexico in Albuquerque
UC-Santa Cruz (History of Consciousness)
Rutgers University
Columbia University
Cornell
Temple
UC Irvine
New School for Social Research (Sociology, Philosophy, Anthrology)
NYU (Cultural Studies)
York University (Social and Political Thought)
University of Western Ontario (Center for the Study of Theory and Criticism)

Latin America
Universidad Andina Simon Bolivar – Ecuador
Universidad Javeriana/Instituto Pensar – Colombia
Universidad Ricardo Palma Lima Peru
Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana de Mexico
Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico