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Programme for Master in Sociology

Master's programme | 120 credits
Autumn 2019
100% Day
2) Only EU/EEA citizens and students with approved residence permit in Sweden can apply

About the Programme

Rated the best Master’s Programme in Sociology in Sweden in 2012 by the Swedish Higher Education Authority

Sociology is the social scientific discipline which analyses how patterns of everyday life connect up with global social processes in the contemporary era. The richness and diversity of sociological thought serves to engender new forms of critical insight as well as policy relevant perspectives concerning some of today’s most challenging problems in fields such as working life, healthcare, gender relations, urban life, migration and adaptation to climate change.


Given the great range and vibrancy of sociological research, the Master’s Programme in Sociology can enable you to develop and pursue an exciting variety of career plans. The programme is tailored to those aiming for a professional career within the public and private sectors practicing qualified forms of social analysis. The programme also prepares and equips you for an academic career in sociology and social sciences in Sweden or abroad.



On the Programme you learn to creatively deploy sociological perspectives and methods to describe, interpret and explain contemporary matters of concern reflecting the complex interaction of local and global processes in today’s society. You will be able to take advantage of the choice and flexibility the Master’s Programme in Sociology offers to focus on cultivating the competences you consider most appropriate to your career plans. In particular, you will have the opportunity to gain the practical and analytical skills required to engage in both academic and more applied and directly policy-relevant research. Key features of the Programme include:

  • Close links with current research within the Department of Sociology and Work Science
  • Comprehensive courses in both qualitative and quantitative research methods (30 credits in total)
  • Possibility to study abroad for one term (30 credits) or take a work placement
  • Extensive individual supervision during the completion of a 30 credits Master's Thesis.


The Programme encompasses 5 obligatory courses (in total 90 credits) as well as a number of optional courses ( in total 30 credits). The obligatory courses are:

  • Contemporary Sociological Analyses and Horizons, 15 credits
  • Social Change, 15 credits
  • Applied Qualitative Research Methods, 15 credits
  • Applied Statistical Analyses, 15 credits
  • Masters Thesis, 30 credits


The Department of Sociology and Work Science offers five optional courses during the second term of the Programme:

  • Social Science as Expertise, Social Scientists as Experts, 7.5 credits
  • Emotions in Organizations, 7,5 credits
  • Work Placement in Public or Applied Sociology, 15 credits
  • Human Resource Management in a Societal Perspective, 15 credits
  • Strategies for Building Robust Collaboration Cultures, 15 credits

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Requirements and Selection

Requirements: Applicants to the Programme must hold a Bachelor s degree within the Social Sciences or equivalent, corresponding to at least 180 credits. Those applying must also prove their knowledge of English: English 6/English B from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS.

Selection: Selection will be based on an assessment of the academic and professional merits of applicants leading to judgment of their overall ability to successfully complete the programme. To assist in this process applicants should not only submit documentation demonstrating fulfillment of the entry requirements but also the following items: (1) a personal letter motivating their application (max. 500 words) and (2) a CV (max. 500 words). During the selection process priority will be given to applicants holding a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology, corresponding to at least 180 credits. However, the final selection decision will encompass a combined assessment of the applicant s Letter of intent and CV.Please upload the CV and Letter of Intent to no later than 22 April. Applicants who do not upload these two documents will not be considered for admission. Instructions concerning the required Letter of intent can be found at:

Tuition Fee

Application fee: 900 SEK
Full programme cost: 168 026 SEK
First payment: 42 007 SEK

EU/EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students do not pay fees. More information on:

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Department of Sociology and Work Science
Box 720
40530 Göteborg
Visiting address: Skanstorget 18

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