I studied the Master’s Programme in Applied Social Research at the Department of Sociology.

Question & Answer

Grade and Competitiveness

Question: Hi, do you know how good the grades have to be to get into the masters programe? How competitive is it? I have a degree in sociology from Vienna uni, the system ranks from A to E. Overall I have a B in my Diploma and an A in my Bachelors thesis.

Answer: Hi Kevin! Thank you for your email! As I remember, I had a grade average of around 18 out of 20 for both my diploma and Bachelor's  from Iran when I applied for the Master's program. I would say that your grade average is high which is very helpful in getting an admission. Regarding the competitiveness, I would say yes, I suppose the admission process is quite competitive.  

You can check out the following link for more information:

I hope that this answers your question. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you had more questions.Best regards, Sepehr.

Application and Scholarship possibilities

Question: Hi, can you give directions of how to apply for this program and a scholarship (full)?

Answer: For applying to the Master's program in applied social research you need to visit universityadmissions.se (i.e the following link): https://www.universityadmissions.se
On this website, you will be able to find out about the program, how to apply and also the important deadlines.

Regarding the application process, I will send another link which has a thorough description of the application process:

Further, according to my experience, there are two scholarships for Master's programs for international students: The Swedish Institute Scholarships and the university scholarships. The former includes the tuition fees and living costs while the latter covers only the tuition fees. You can read about these scholarships and the requirements in the following link: https://studyinsweden.se/scholarships/

As I remember, there is a high competition for these scholarships. Therefore, I think it would be useful to check out the faculties teachers and researchers to find out which fields of research they are interested in. A research proposal related to their field would help your chances of obtaining a full scholarship. Moreover, having a strong Bachelor's and high school GPA (grade point average) would be also beneficial in receiving a scholarship.  

I hope that I was able to answer your question. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you had any more questions.

Best regards,

Studying quantitative methods

Question: Did you like the program? Can you recommend it or was there something that was missing?
I am looking for a masters degree for autumn 2018 with a heavy focus on quantitative methods, do you think Stockholm fits?

Answer: The program was very interesting for me. That is to say, it is rather challenging and might be difficult. However, the end results are very satisfying since I was able to learn essential skills in conducting quantitative research. There is a high focus on individual and group assignments in the courses which helped me in developing my analytical skills. The spotlight of the program is on quantitative methods of research. Further, there are a number of courses which concentrate on the quantitative methods of research such as "causal inference", "demography" and of course "quantitative methods". So yes, I would recommend this program if you are interested in quantitative methods of analysis.

Job opportunities

Question: How's it looking with jobs, do you have expereince with that? How's it looking for and the other students with that degree? Was/ is it hard to get a fitting job?

Answer: With regards to finding a suitable job, I would have to say that since this is a program in sociology, it is important to be able to communicate well in Swedish. For instance, finding a job in municipalities (kommuner) or governmental agencies require skills in the Swedish language. However, if you were interested in working at the university as, for example, a research assistant, language skills are not a necessity. Also, a Master's degree from Stockholm University raises your chances of finding a suitable job in Sweden.