Master's Programme in Applied Social Research, 120 credits

About the education

The Master's Programme in Applied Social Research, offered by the Department of Sociology at Stockholm University, 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, and welcomes 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. The first three semesters consist of compulsory courses and elective courses. The compulsory courses provide students with skills in analyzing and using modern sociological theories, research designs, and a variety of quantitative social research methods. All courses aim at giving students hands-on knowledge of applying research methods to address research questions, and cover a variety of techniques and approaches commonly used inside and outside of academia (e.g., surveys, forecasts, evaluations, network analysis, regression techniques). The elective courses facilitate for students to specialize, either methodologically or field-wise. During the fourth semester, the student independently conducts research work that is reported as a master’s thesis in sociology.

Subject: Sociology

Sociology is the scientific study of the origin, development, organization, and functions of human societies, comprising 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, or how identities and groups are shaped by religion, ethnicity, and gender, creating social communities as well as social conflicts. Sociology also contributes to the understanding of how individual lives are affected by gender, social background and ethnicity.

Hence, 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 complement other social science studies such as criminology, economics, psychology, and political science, as well as other fields such as technology, medicine, philosophy and law.

Labour market

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 .Analytical skills that 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.


To obtain a Bachelor´s degree in Sociology you can either take single subject courses in sociology of 90 HEC combined with 90 HEC in other subjects, or take one of the following Bachelor´s programmes:

Bachelor´s programme in applied social research

Bachelor´s programme in sociology: Working life and labour market

Bachelor´s programme in personnel, work and organization

The Department of Sociology offers second level studies in both sociology and demography in the form of Master´s programmes, or single subject courses that can be used in a degree in another subject. With a Bachelor´s degree and 60 HEC of second level courses you are eligible for doctoral studies in sociology or sociological demography.

Area of interest: Human, Social and Political Sciences, and Law

Are you interested in human beings and society? How we function individually and together, what drives us, our learning processes, how rules and laws have been established, and how we interact with each other? If that is the case we have a lot to offer.

This area of interest covers anything from Pedagogy, Psychology and Gender Studies, to Statistics, Political Science, Law and many other subjects. Their common denominator is the relation between human beings and society, independent analytical thinking and often an international perspective.

Department responsible for education

Department of Sociology