About the subject

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.

It comprises everything from studies of close-knit social relations to the cultural and formal institutions of society. Sociology contributes knowledge of how peoples´ working conditions and health are affected by organizational structures. The subject also studies how identities and groups are shaped by religion, ethnicity, and gender, creating social communities as well as social conflicts.

Therefore, studies in sociology provide you with theoretical and methodological tools to better understand society and the social contexts of which you are a part. Studies in sociology also enrich and are the perfect complement to other social science studies like criminology, economics, psychology, and political science. You can also combine sociology with other fields such as technology, medicine, philosophy and law.

Career opportunities

Sociologists have a broad labour market both within the private and the public sector. A sociological education will help you develop analytical skills in the form of theory as well as both quantitative and qualitative research methods. These skills will make you able to investigate social issues, and to assess, evaluate and perform surveys on social phenomena. You can specialize in different areas such as labour market, organizations, migration, demography, health, gender, or family.

Courses and programmes


For a bachelor’s degree in sociology you can choose to study individual courses or join one of the bachelor’s programmes listed under Educations within the subject.

A master’s degree in sociology can be obtained through enrolment in one of the master’s programmes listed under Educations within the subject. Under certain conditions, it may be possible to obtain a master's degree consisting of individual courses.

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We offer a lively and collaborative research environment and a strong international research profile. The department is especially competitive in the sociological areas of gender, family sociology, political sociology, social policy regimes, social networks and social stratification.

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