The Cultural Sociology Master’s degree seeks for students with a strong interest in the development of contemporary societies, who want to research topics such as globalization, migration, popular culture, changes in identity and societal transformations.
The program is intended for full-time study, with a standard length of 4 semesters. It is offered to students who have already earned an undergraduate degree in the fields of humanities, social sciences, political science or other related fields. To earn the diploma, students must obtain 120 ECTS credits for coursework, successfully complete a thesis (about 20 000 words in length) and pass the final examination.
The program builds on a well-established tradition of research and teaching in the field of cultural sociology at Masaryk University’s Department of Sociology. The points of interest range from organizational and popular culture to religion and urban studies, yet the two topical areas which give the program its particular profile are the study of ethno-national boundaries (including, e.g., migration and transnationalism) and the study of collective memory (including, e.g., generational memory and collective trauma). Today, the research and teaching activities in the field evolve around the Department’s Center for Cultural Sociology. Although the Center was formally instituted only in 2008, its foundation already reflected the many courses – focusing, for example and besides the above mentioned topics, on civic culture, identity formation, gender and sexuality, race, anti-Semitism and protest culture – which had long been offered by the Department in its various study programs. Many of the Center’s activities draw on a close cooperation with the Center for Cultural Sociology at Yale University, along with, other prominent academic institutions worldwide, including Konstanz University. Since 2008, the cultural sociological orientation of the Department has also been furthered within and through the international doctoral program Euro Joint Ph.D. Program in Social Representations and Communication.
Students of the Graduate program can spend a semester at an exchange study stay abroad, mainly at our European and overseas partner universities, or elsewhere. On the basis of prior Learning Agreement, the credits from the foreign study stay will be recognized towards the program. Among our partner universities are: University College London, UK; Kobenhavns Universitet, Denmark; Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Universität Hamburg, Germany; Universitetet i Bergen, Norway; Eötvös Loránd Tudományegyetem, Hungary; Karl-Franzens Universität Graz, Austria; University of Zadar, Croatia; University of Trento, Italy, and others. You find more information about studies and placements abroad in the Mobility Section of the Faculty website (select the articles in the menu).
The graduates of Cultural Sociology can pursue careers in the field of marketing, opinion polls, at employment offices, in state administration, in educational institutions and research centers, in human resource agencies and departments, in non-governmental sphere and social movements, in media and creative industries, in cultural marketing – everywhere, where they can use their skills for analyzing and understanding of social phenomena.
How to Apply
Master’s program in Cultural Sociology (single version at MU) Applicants are required to submit the following:
- Complete application form: Cultural Sociology in Masaryk University information system (online form is active between 1 Sept - 30 November and 1 Feb - 30 April ) and provide answers in the Application file (download and fill in and print).
- A short resume / Curriculum Vitae, summarizing education and work history, skills, etc.
- Academic records (full transcripts) and photocopies of prior diploma; certified.
- A statement of purpose briefly describing the applicant’s intellectual history and presenting his/her motivation for applying to this program: please write a short essay on the questions posed in the following form: Statement of purpose form (Cultural Sociology)
- English proficiency certificate, see below.
- Two letters of recommendation, one of them by a university teacher (download the forms for Teacher Reference and Non-teacher Reference letters); please inform your referee about your name and planned enrollment for identification.
Please note: At the same time when collecting materials for your application pack, you should start the formal degree recognition procedure (in case you have completed the prior degree). If you have not completed your Bachelor degree yet, start this procedure as soon as you can.
Unless otherwise indicated, all application materials should be in English. If the original language of the diploma or the transcript is not English, applicants should submit an official English language translation of them stamped and signed by a translation agency or an authorized university office.
Knowledge of the English Language
Applicants must prove their English proficiency. Except for native speakers and holders of a prior degree taught in English, English proficiency must be certified: e.g. by TOEFL – 577 for paper-based, 233 for computer-based, or 90 for Internet-based tests; Cambridge IELTS written version – 6.5 (with no band less than 6.0 in each element), CAE – B grade, CPE – C grade; or other internationally recognized certificates.
English proficiency may be asked to be demonstrated in a video/telephone interview.