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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. If you want to apply to one of our Master´s programmes starting autumn 2021 the last day is 15 January 2021.

Information for admitted students Autumn 2020

Congratulations! You have been admitted at Stockholm University and we hope that you will enjoy your studies with us.

In order to ensure that your studies begin as smoothly as possible we have compiled a short checklist for the beginning of the semester.

Follow the instructions on wether you have to reply to your offer or not.
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Checklist for admitted students

  1. Activate your university account

    The first step in being able to register and gain access to all the university's IT services.

  2. Register at your department

    Registration can be done in different ways. Read the instructions from your department below.

  3. Read all the information on this page

    Here you will find what you need to know before your course or programme starts.

IMPORTANT

Your seat may be withdrawn if you do not register according to the instructions provided by your department.

Information from the department - programmes

Register to the programme
Before you can start the course you need to register. You can do it online at Ladok for students between 10-23 of August. Its' important that you register otherwise you'll lose your place. To be able to register you need a University account.

International students with a temporary Swedish civic number (containing a P or a T) must get a one-time code to be able to activate the University account. Normally you can pick up the one-time code from the Info centre. If you’ll be a distance student at the beginning and therefore not being able to pick up the one-time code from the Info centre, please email master@sociology.su.se for help. We’ll be able to help you with a one-time code from week 32.

Students on waiting list
If we have places left students on waiting list will be contacted by email closer to the start of the course.

Education autumn 2020
On advanced level and postgraduate education, we are preparing for the opportunity for students to either follow courses on site or via zoom. You'll find more information about your course at the course page in Athena closer to the start of the course.

Athena -learning platform
Athena is the learning platform at Stockholm University. At Athena you’ll have access to all information about the course such as schedule, schedule changes, course material and more.

You log into Athena by using your university account. More information about Athena here.

More information
Please see the webpage of the Department of sociology or contact master@sociology.su.se

Welcome activities

Stockholm University organises a series of welcome activities that stretch over a few weeks at the beginning of each semester. The programme is voluntary (attendance is optional) and includes Arrival Service at the airport and an Orientation Day, see more details about these events below.
Your department may also organise activities for welcoming international students. More information will be provided by your specific department. 

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Sociology is the science about human social behaviour and relations between people and societies. Frequent sociological issues deal with processes and patterns of the interaction of groups and individuals, forms of organization of social groups, relations between groups, influence of groups on the behaviour of individuals and differencies among people in terms of power resources and life chances.

This year the Sociology subject at Stockholm university ranks 35 in the world – and number 6 in Europe in the list of the best universities in the world, the prestigious Shanghai ranking.

The programme 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 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.

    When applying to our master's programmes, it is required that you also submit a motivation letter including your research ideas. You must use this web form to create your motivation letter.

    Once completed you will receive an e-mail with a pdf to upload with your application at www.universityadmissions.se / www.antagning.se If you do not upload your motivation letter it will not be assessed. The last day to upload the motivation letter is 1 February 2021.

    Any questions related to this can be directed to master@sociology.su.se

    Selection process

    Additional eligibility criteria

    In ranking the applicants for programmes at the Department of Sociology the following components are used to assess the merits of applicants:

    •    Grades of academic courses (1-50)
    •    Motivation letter  (1-50)
    •    Relevance of previous studies in relation to the programme in question (1-100)

     

  • Career opportunities

    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.

    Read interviews with our alumni here!

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