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Sociology Master's programme

Course outline, qualifications and competences

The master’s programme Sociology intends to enhance, deepen and specialise knowledge and skills acquired in the bachelor’s programme. This research-oriented programme focuses on both enhancing knowledge of sociological theory and conveying advanced methods of empirical social research. The choice of sociological subjects is enhanced by an elective course from one of the neighbouring disciplines, thus continuing the interdisciplinary character of the programme. An additional research workshop is offered in which students can enhance their scientific profile and knowledge in one of the following main areas: theory and history of sociology, international and comparative social research, applied sociology, gender research and studies, sociology of economic institutions and cultures, sociology of culture and diagnoses of the present, medical sociology and sociology of health, science studies and sociology of scientific knowledge. By acquiring relevant professional experience offered as part of this programme, students gain insight into the professional world of sociology. Scientific practice aims to provide initial teaching experience in the event of opting for an academic profession. Students acquire key qualifications and soft skills over the course of this programme, i.e. troubleshooting competences based on theories and methods, the ability to view issues from a comprehensive and interdisciplinary perspective, teamwork skills as well as independent working and leadership skills.

Expected results

Graduates of this master’s programme will have acquired comprehensive knowledge of sociological concepts, theories and modes of thinking.  They will be able to independently plan and carry out quantitative and qualitative empirical research projects, evaluation research and sociological expertise in a targeted way. They will be able to derive innovative troubleshooting strategies from their findings and adapt them to the relevant contexts.


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University degree
Master of Arts „MA“
4 semesters / 120 ECTS-CP
(CP = credit points)
Teaching language
Index number
UB 066 905
Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences
type of study programme
Qualification level
Master (2nd study cycle)
Appropriate bachelor’s degree or equivalent


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