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Master's Programme in Sociology

Our Master´s Programme in Sociology gives you the ability to do independent analyses of social issues using sociological theories and sociological methods. If you want to apply to one of our Master´s programmes starting autumn 2021 the application is open 16 October 2020 - January 15, 2021.

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.

This is a two-year programme leading to a Master´s degree in Sociology. The objective of the Master´s Programme in Sociology is to provide students with the ability to do independent analyses of social issues using sociological theories and sociological methods

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 the autumn.

  • Programme overview

    The objective of the Master´s Programme in Sociology is to provide students with the ability to do independent analyses of social issues using sociological theories and sociological methods.

    The programme consists of compulsory courses 45 credits, elective courses 45 credits, and a Master´s thesis 30 credits. The compulsory part is made up of courses in sociological theory and in empirical analysis. The elective courses are chosen from the wide range of master level courses offered by the Department of Sociology. Upon agreement, courses from other departments can be included in the programme. The compulsory courses provide a thorough knowledge of general Sociology and the elective courses allow for a high level of flexibility and specialization within the programme.

    Year 1

    Semester 1

    Classical Sociological Theory 7.5 credits – halftime periods 1-2
    Qualitative Methods in the Social Sciences 7.5 credits – halftime periods 1-2
    -> Elective courses 15 credits, opportunity to take Social Network Analysis 7.5  and other courses given at our department that you can find here and here

    Semester 2

    Modern sociological Theory 7,5 hp – halftime periods 1-2

    Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences 1, 7,5 hp  – halftime periods 1-2 or Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences 2, 7.5 credits – halftime period 3 -4

    -> Elective courses 15 credits, opportunity to take Social Stratification 7.5 credits and other courses given at our department that you can find here and here

    Year 2

    Semester 3

    -> Elective courses 15 credits, opportunity to take Social Network Analysis 7.5  (if you haven't already taken it during semester 1) and other courses given at our department that you can find 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 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

    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.

    This program also provides you with a good foundation for applying for a PhD position after graduation.

    Read interviews with our alumni here!

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