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Master of Science

Master Sociology and Social Research

If you’re already studying Sociology and Social Research and would like to find out more about specific details of your master programme, you’ll find what you’re looking for on the Master in Sociology and Social Research Programme Structure pages.

Thank you for your interest in the master's programmes of the WiSo-Faculty.

On this webpages you will find all required information on the Master Sociology and Social Research - you will get a sneak peak into the programme structure as well as all facts about the admission criteria and the selection procedure.

In a nutshell

  • Standard period of study: 4 semesters, full-time
  • Start: Fall term
  • Degree title: Master of Science (M.Sc.)
  • Language: English
  • Fees: Only social fee
  • Application Deadline: June 15th 2017

Some examples of the questions Sociology and Social Research students look at

  • How does human decision-making produce societal consequences?
  • What are the links between ethnic diversity, trust, and conflicts?
  • What are the determinants of successful aging in modern societies?
  • How do families cope with the competing demands of modern everyday life?
  • How can we explain trends in social inequality with respect to educational attainment, income, and wealth?
  • How can we explain crime and delinquency and what are the (dis-)advantages of different prevention and intervention policies?
  • Which methods and assumptions allow me to make causal inferences based on non-experimental data?
  • When and how do I apply special methods of data analysis, such as social network analysis, meta-analysis, or factorial surveys?

Programme structure

The master programme Sociology and Social Research consists of 120 ECTS- (European Credit Transfer System) Points and is designed as a 4-semester full-time programme. It is a consecutive master degree based on a bachelor degree within the field of sociology.

The Core and Advanced Section of the master programme Sociology and Social Research includes 27 credit points and covers methodological basics of sociology and social research.

The Specialisation Section contains 39 credit points and consists of a research seminar, in which 15 credits points will be obtained, as well as advanced modules of sociology and social research.

The Supplementary Section serves as an additional section to develop a more specific profile – either by deepening and specialising or by diversifying knowledge. Further modules from business administration as well as from social sciences and economics are available to students. This area will contain two subareas that both require 12 credit points.

Detailed information concerning the curricular design is available on our homepage on the Programme Structure pages. Especially at the beginning of your studies, individual consultations will help to make the right choices over the course of the programme.

Clemens Kroneberg

The Cologne Master in Sociology and Social Research focuses on advanced methods of data collection and analysis, thus providing an increasingly sought-after key qualification. This is done in a practical and research-oriented manner in relation to current topics such as ageing, the labour market, education, family, health, integration, crime and the economy.

Clemens Kroneberg, Professor at the Institute of Sociology and Social Psychology

Only the best for your career

The M.Sc. Sociology and Social Research at the WiSo-faculty of the University of Cologne deepens the knowledge gained in your bachelor studies and makes you an expert in your respective area. For many managing positions of different industries and for certain professions in research and teaching, a master is indispensable.

Possible areas of employment for sociologists can be found within market and opinion research, national and international statistic agencies, in national and international associations that are concerned with social and economic policy, research institutions, the departments of media research within mass media corporations and personnel administration of corporations. Additionally, other areas of employment present in positions of local government e.g. in departments responsible for school-, family-, city- or environmental policy as well as provincial and federal agencies. Graduates possess skills that qualify for the upper grade of civil service and leading positions in social and market research as well as social planning.

Take your professional future into your own hands and benefit from the theoretical and methodical-oriented approach of the WiSo-Faculty, which combines research as well as teaching with practical experience.

Not international enough?

If this is the case, there is the possibility to apply for a semester abroad at one of our numerous partner universities. Further Information can be found on the homepage of our International Office.

Information on the application

From the end of March/ beginning of April onwards you can submit your application via WiSo Faculty's Master's Application Portal. Applicants with a (bachelor’s) degree acquired abroad must additionally apply via uni-assist online as well as postal until 15 June (date of receipt). If you apply for our Double Master’s Programme(s) the deadline is 1 may (date of receipt). Uni-assist requires the following documents:

  • authenticated (and translated) copy of the bachelor certificate (and the transcript of records)
  • authenticated (and translated) copy of the school certificate
  • authenticated copy of the original English language certificate
  • authenticated copy of these documents in the original language, if translated
  • as Chinese, Mongolian or Vietnamese applicant: original APS certificate. More information about the APS can be read on this website.

Please note that uni-assist charges  fees.

Detailed information about the admission procedure, admission deadlines and required documents are provided at the application website.

We are looking forward receiving your application!