Courses and programmes

We offer master's programmes and Master's courses in Sociology and Demography taught in English.

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Sociology

Människor i rörelse i Stockholm. Foto: Jens Olof Lasthein
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Sociology at Stockholm University is a top ranked subject - we are among top 50 according to QS World University Rankings. 

Sociology is the scientific study of the origin, development, organization, and functions of human societies. This subject helps you understand how individual lives are affected by gender, social background and ethnicity.

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Master's Programmes in Sociology

We offer two programmes in sociology. The programmes start once a year, in the autumn. Master’s programmes at the Department of Sociology only have ONE admission round for ALL applicants with deadline in the middle of January the same year as your programme starts. 

All applications to our master's programmes are made through the national website universityadmissions.se, or in Swedish through antagning.se.

Master's Programme in Sociology 120 credits

Master's Programme in Applied Social Research 120 credits

Master's courses in Sociology autumn 2021

We offer several courses at the master's level – please see current courses below.

Autumn 2021

Period 1, 30 August - 29 September

Classical Sociological Theory, 7.5 credits – half time period 1 and 2
Qualitative Methods in the Social Science, 7.5 credits – half time period 1 and 2
Introduction to Quantitative Reseach Design, 7.5 credits
Master's Thesis in Sociology 30 credits – full time until 16 January

Period 2, 30 September - 31 October

Family Sociology, 7.5 credits

Period 3, 1 November - 1 December

Systematic Reviews, 7.5 credits
Labour Market, Economic Growth and Inequality 7.5 credits – half  time period 3 and 4
Sociological Perspectives on Organization and Leadership, 7.5 credits - half time period 3 and 4
Research Methods, 7.5 credits – half time period 3 and 4

Period 4, 2 December - 16 January 2022

Social Network Analysis 7.5 credits

Master's Courses in Sociology spring 2022

We offer several courses at the master's level – please see current courses below.

Spring 2022

Period 1, 17 January- 16 February:

Modern Sociological Theory 7.5 credits – half time period 1-2
Quantitative methods I, 7.5 credits – half time period 1-2
Master's Thesis in Sociology 30 credits – full time until 5 June

Period 2, 17 February - 21 March:

No courses start this period.

Period 3, 22 March - 1 May:

Political Sociology - half time period 3-4
Quantitative Methods II , 7.5 credits – half time period 3-4
Social Stratification, 7.5 credits

Period 4, 2 May -3 June:

Models of Social Change and Social Stability, 7.5 credits
Gender and Gender Structures, 7.5 credits


 

Demography

Demography is the study of human populations – their size, composition and distribution across space – and the process through which populations change. Births, deaths and migration are the ‘big three’ of demography, jointly producing population stability or change.

Read more about Demography here

Master's programmes in Demography

We offer two programmes in demography. The programmes start once a year, in the autumn. Master’s programmes at the Department of Sociology only have ONE admission round for ALL applicants with deadline in the middle of January the same year as your programme starts. 

All applications to our master's programmes are made through the national website universityadmissions.se, or in Swedish through antagning.se.

Multidisciplinary Master's Programme in Demography 120 credits

Masters programme in Demography 60 credits

Master's courses in Demography autumn 2021

We offer several courses at the master's level – please see current courses below.

Autumn 2021

Period 1, 30 Augusti - 29 September

Population Development and Social Change, 7.5 credits

Period 2, 30 September - 31 October

Basic Demographic Methods, 7.5 credits

Period 3, 1 November - 1 December

Population Processes 7.5 credits

Period 4, 2 December - 16 Januari 2022

Introduction to Quantitative Data Management and Statistics 7.5 credits

 

Master's courses in Demography spring 2022

We offer several courses at the master's level – please see current courses below.

Period 1, 17 January – 16 February:

Family Dynamics in a Changing Europe 7.5 credits – half-time in period 1-2

Multidisciplinary Master's Thesis in Demography 30 credits – full time until 5 June

Period 2, 17 February – 21 March:

No courses start in this period.

Period 3, 22 March – 1 May:

Event History: Regression for Longitudinal Event Data 7.5 credits – half-time in period 3-4

Master's Thesis in Demography (one year) 15 credits – full time  period 3 and 4

Period 4, 2 May – 3 June:

No courses start in this period.

 


 

All master’s courses in Sociology and Demography

Autumn 2021

Period 1, 30 Augusti - 29 September

Population Development and Social Change, 7.5 credits
Introduction to Quantitative Reseach Design, 7.5 credits
Classical Sociological Theory, 7.5 credits – half time period 1 and 2
Qualitative Methods in the Social Science, 7.5 credits – half time period 1 and 2
Master's Thesis in Sociology 30 credits – full time until 16 January

Period 2, 30 September - 31 October

Basic Demographic Methods, 7.5 credits
Family Sociology, 7.5 credits

Period 3, 1 November - 1 December

Population Processes 7.5 credits
Systematic Reviews, 7.5 credits
Labour Market, Economic Growth and Inequality 7.5 credits - half  time period 3 and 4
Sociological Perspectives on Organization and Leadership, 7.5 credits - half time period 3 and 4
Research Methods, 7.5 credits – half time period 3 and 4

Period 4, 2 December - 16 Januari 2022

Social Network Analysis 7.5 credits
Introduction to Quantitative Data Management and Statistics 7.5 credits

Spring 2022

Period 1, 17 January- 16 February:

Modern Sociological Theory 7.5 credits – half time period 1-2
Quantitative methods I, 7.5 credits – half time period 1-2
Family Dynamics in a Changing Europe 7.5 credits – half-time in period 1-2
Multidisciplinary Master's Thesis in Demography 30 credits – full time until 5 June
Master's Thesis in Sociology 30 credits – full time until 5 June

Period 2, 17 February – 21 March:

No courses start this period.

Period 3, 22 March – 1 May:
 

Political Sociology 7.5 credits - half time period 3-4
Quantitative methods II , 7.5 credits – half time period 3-4
Social Stratification, 7.5 credits
Event History: Regression for Longitudinal Event Data 7.5 credits – half-time in period 3-4
Master's Thesis in Demography (one year) 15 credits – full time  period 3 and 4

Period 4, 2 May -3 June:

Models of Social Change and Social Stability, 7.5 credits
Gender and Gender Structures, 7.5 credits

 

 


 

PhD Studies

Doctoral studies leads to a degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) which comprises 240 credit in all, estimated as four years of full-time studies. This training is characterized as profound studies within specific fields and aims at bringing the doctoral student the academic traditions as well as making the doctoral student develop into an independent and scrutinizing researcher.

If resources permit, application openings for PhD Studies can appear as a maximum twice a year - in February with March 1 as final date and/or in September with October 1 as final date to apply. When there are doctoral studentships available for application they are advertised here.

Entry requirements

Since 1 July 2007 the general entry requirements for education at doctoral student level are defined as:

  • a degree at the second level (Master) or
  • at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits at the second level (Master´s level).

For admission to doctoral studies in Sociological Demography the entry requirements also specify:

  • Demography courses equivalent to the so-called Demography block (22.5 credits)
  • One theory and one methods course at the second level
  • A Master´s thesis of at least 15 credits (can be included in the 60 credits in the general requirements)
  • Proficiency in English

Selection procedure

The selection among the applicants is carried out by an admissions panel appointed by the department. The panel surveys the qualifications of the applicants and selects among them possible candidates for further discussion. The purpose of this discussion is to explore how well competence and interests match between the department and the applicant.

Financing

Financial support shall be organized and settled for the entire study period upon admission. The main source of financial support is by doctoral studentships.

The syllabi contain detailed information on the entry requirements, the objectives and structure of the programmes, supervision resources and course requirements.

Syllabus for Doctoral Studies in Sociology (176 Kb)

Syllabus for Doctoral Studies in Sociological Demography (175 Kb)

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