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Master's Programme in Applied Social Research

  • 120 credits

The Master's Programme in Applied Social Research is a specialized and research-oriented Master's programme with the objective of training highly qualified sociologists with special skills in statistical and other quantitative methods.

The distinguishing feature of the programme is its combination of rigorous sociological theory with quantitative empirical methods to analyze and contribute to the solution of challenging problems in sociology and society.

The programme meets an increasing demand in public authorities and firms for skills in research design, measurement, data collection, and data analysis. We welcome students who want to attain an advanced knowledge of quantitative social research methods, and how these can be used to address problems where the empirical analysis of data is a crucial component.

Teachers at the programme are researchers that are highly active in the international research community, in several of Stockholm University's leading research areas.

The language of instruction is English. The programme starts once a year, in autumn.


  • Programme overview

    The first three semesters consist of compulsory and elective courses (see below for details on the courses).

    The compulsory courses provide the student with the skills and competences to critically analyze and use sociological theories, different types of evaluation methods and research designs and a wide range of methods of analysis.

    The elective courses make it easier for students to specialize, either methodologically or subject-wise. The elective courses can, after consultation with the department, be taken at another Swedish university or a university abroad. During the fourth semester, the student writes a master's thesis in sociology.

    Year 1

    Semester 1

    Introduction to Quantitative Research Design 7,5 hp

    Basic Demographic Methods 7,5 hp

    Systematic Reviews 7,5 hp

    Social Network Analysis 7,5 hp

    Semester 2

    Modern sociological Theory 7.5 credits – halftime period 1 och 2

    Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences 2, 7.5 credits – halftime period 3 and 4

    -> Elective courses, 15 credits – find the courses that you can choose from at our department here and here.

    Year 2

    Semester 3

    -> Elective courses, 15 credits – find the courses that you can choose from at our department here and here.

    Research Methods 7,5 hp – halftime period 3-4

    Semester 4

    Master's Thesis in Sociology, 30 credits

  • How to apply

    Master’s programmes at Department of Sociology with start autumn semester 2020 and onwards, will only have one admission round for all applicants. This means that if you wish want to apply to one of our Master´s programmes starting autumn 2021, the application deadline is January 15, 2021.

    Please observe, students from countries outside the EU/EEA and Switzerland are required to pay both an application fee and a tuition fee.

    More information on fees and scholarships 

    Selection process

    Additional eligibility criteria

    Bachelor's degree in Social Sciences. 60 ECTS credits in Sociology. English B/English 6 or equivalent.

    To be eligible for the Master's Programme in Applied Social Research the applicant must hold an undergraduate degree (BA/BSc) of at least 3 years (180 ECTS credit points) in Social Sciences recognized by UNESCO and/or an official accrediting body of your home country.

    The degree must be completed before admission can be made and must contain at least 60 credits worth of Sociology courses, equivalent to one year of fulltime studies in Sociology or one third of the degree credits. Beside this you must meet the language requirement in order to be considered for admission. Since all educational activities are carried out in English you need to have considerable skills in speaking as well as in writing in English. For information about different ways of meeting the language requirement English B/English 6, please see

    Assessment of merits

    In ranking the applicants for programmes at the Department of Sociology, three components are used to assess the merits of applicants. Please find more information here.

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