Master of Science in Sociology and Social Research

University of Cologne Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences

Program Description
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Master of Science in Sociology and Social Research

University of Cologne Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences


The Master in Sociology and Empirical Social Research focuses on advanced methods of data collection and analysis, conveying a key qualification that is increasingly in demand. It is based on the practical, research-oriented handling of current topics such as aging, the labour market, education, family, health, integration, crime and the economy. The Sociology and Social Research master programme is set out as a full-time 4-semester programme. It is a consecutive master degree, based on a bachelor’s degree within the field of sociology. The core and advanced sections of the master programme cover methodological foundations of sociology and social research. The specialisation section consists of a research seminar as well as advanced modules in sociology and social research. The supplementary section serves to develop a more specific profile—either by deepening and specialising or by diversifying your knowledge. Further modules in business administration as well as in social sciences and economics are available to students.

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

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.

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If this is the case, there is the possibility to apply for a semester abroad at one of our numerous partner universities.

Admission Requirements and Selection Procedure

The admission requirements must be fulfilled until the application deadline:

Bachelor's degree

Application in the case of unfinished Bachelor studies: In cases where present Bachelor studies have not been fully completed, application is permitted if the candidate has earned at least 80% of the required credits and will have achieved the remaining results by 30 September at the latest. The specific admission criteria governing the designated course of study (including the overall grade) must already have been fulfilled on the basis of the exam results available at the time of application.

Overall grade of at least 2.7 (German grade) in the Bachelor’s degree

Fulfilment of the following subject-related requirements

  • At least 30 ECTS credits in Sociology
  • at least 18 ECTS credits in quantitative methods in Social Sciences or Empirical Social Research, within these credits at least 9 ECTS in Statistics have to be included

Language requirements

  • English language skills
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated December 1, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
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Oct. 2018
4 semesters
Full time
Germany - Cologne, North Rhine Westphalia
Start date: Oct. 2018
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Oct. 2018
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Price € 261 per semester incl. public transportation ticket