Faculty of Economics and Social SciencesSociology – Master

Sociology is the science of social action in specific consideration of institutional conditionalities and effects. It is in equal parts a theory-driven as well as an empirical discipline. 

Facts & Formalities

DegreeMaster of Arts
Type of programmeConsecutive
Start of programmeWinter semester only
Standard period of study4 semesters
Language(s) of instructionGerman
Fees and contributions171.75 € / Semester
Application procedureConsecutive master’s programmes with access restriction
Application deadlinesInformation about deadlines can be obtained after you have put together a degree program.
May be studied as a minor subjectYes

Course Content

The consecutive Master’s degree programme in sociology provides high-level, professional training in sociology which complies with international standards. The course requires that a previous social-scientific degree programme has been successfully completed. The Master’s degree programme focusses on the sociological analysis of institutions, as informed by theory and methodological practice. In addition to the general course of studies which is mandatory for all students, students may also specialise or choose an area on which to focus their studies. Depending on the current research being carried out at the Max Weber Institute for Sociology, students might focus on the fundamental theory and methods of scientific research. Alternatively, they might specialise in  sociological aspects of organisational development, or on the sociological development of human resources, with a focus on the profit or the non-profit sector. There are special requirements for a specialisation in ‘sociological organisational development’ and ‘sociological development of human resources’ (§21 of the new examination rules and regulations). 

The Master’s degree programme in sociology is designed to enable students to successfully obtain a graduate level degree, enabling them to work in a number of professional fields. Furthermore, graduates will be able to independently solve problems arising in their chosen field of work whilst also assuming social responsibility.

Course Structure

Sociology can be studied with the aim of being awarded the academic degree Master of Arts. The programme is modular and consists of the following areas:  

  • General advanced level course components  
  • Special area with profile development (incl two-semester project)  
  • Master’s thesis