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 contributions171.80 € / 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 Master’s degree programme in sociology aligns with international standards to provide students with an advanced-level training course in sociology. Enrollment on the course requires that students have previously completed an undergraduate degree. The Master’s degree programme focuses on the sociological analysis of institutions, on the basis of grounded theory and methods.

We encourage our students to engage with scientific work by providing project-based research seminars and classes. In addition to completing mandatory course components, students are able to develop an area of specialisation in a sub-field of sociology which reflects the research conducted at the Max Weber Institute for Sociology.

The course prepares students to work independently to address research questions within the field of sociology, and to revise and develop academic publications. In addition, they acquire key skills for a range of professional roles. Upon successful completion of the Master’s degree programme, students gain a professional graduate qualification. They will be competent, independent problem-solvers in their chosen career, able simultaneously, to assume 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