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Socioeconomics (MSc)

What is the degree programme about?

Social Economics addresses a range of questions relevant for society from both a sociological and an economic perspective. Social sciences and economics are closely linked.

The degree programme consists of compulsory modules in social economics, pre-specified focus modules in social economics, focus modules which can be chosen freely and the Master's thesis.

The compulsory modules in social economics cover the basics of social sciences, methodology and economics to create a sound academic foundation. They also include a comprehensive project seminar. Over the course of two semesters, students investigate a research question in small groups and apply it in an empirical research project, enabling them to use the methods they have learned in practice. In the project seminar, you can enhance your personal skills in areas such as project management and team work.

In the second semester, the skills gained in the compulsory modules are refined. You can choose from a wide range of seminars and lectures to refine your knowledge according to your interests. Furthermore, you can focus on one of the two specialisations: 'Labour, personnel and education' or 'Media, market and social research'.

Two focus modules (5 ECTS credits each) which you can choose freely allow you to dip into new topics.

The fourth semester focuses entirely on the Master's thesis. You can choose topics from social sciences and economics. If you wish, you can work with companies or research institutions. You have a large range of possibilities in this respect.

What type of Bachelor's degree do I need?

This degree programme builds on the knowledge acquired in the Bachelor's degree programme in socioeconomics with the specialisation subject behavioural science. It offers an opportunity for further specialisation and a chance to discover new areas of application. You can also apply if you have a different Bachelor's degree in a subject with similar content. To be admitted, your Bachelor's degree programme must have covered social sciences, economics and statistics/empirical social research.

If you are interested in the degree programme and have a degree in a different subject or a degree from a different university in Germany or abroad, please contact the degree programme coordinator.

Modules and degree programme structure

Potential challenges

Knowledge of econometrics/empirical social research

Usually, new Master's students all have very different previous knowledge as they come from different subject areas. Therefore, the first semester focuses on intense, demanding training in skills and methods for the collection, analysis and interpretation of social and economic data and the application of these skills in different disciplines. If you do not have sufficient previous knowledge in this regard, the first semester may be quite challenging, especially in econometrics. Students should not underestimate the amount of mathematics in the degree programme.

Studying abroad and project seminar

In general, we support stays abroad although the study plan does not include a period explicitly intended for them. Please note that it will be difficult to plan a stay abroad in the second and third semester due to the project seminar intended for that period. If you want to study abroad for a longer period of time, the fourth semester would be most suitable. Our students can prepare their Master's thesis in collaboration with one of our international project partners. You can also plan a placement abroad for the fourth semester and defer the Master's thesis to a fifth semester.

FAQs

Do I have to do a placement prior to or during the Master's degree programme?

A relevant placement or relevant work experience of at least 6 weeks (or equivalent in the case of part-time work) is a prerequisite. Work or professional training in an area related to the degree programme are also recognised. It does not matter when the placement took place. If you have not previously completed a placement, you may do a placement during the first academic year instead. Relevant placement positions are available in the Nuremberg area, e.g. in companies, associations, local administration departments or state institutions.

How many places are available?

There is no set number of places for this degree programme. It depends on the number of suitable applicants and then on how many of the students who have been admitted actually start the degree programme.

How much previous knowledge in social sciences is required?

Applicants must have a Bachelor's degree in social sciences or economics. Graduates of economics degree programmes are expected to have a minimum amount of previous knowledge in social sciences. You should at least have basic knowledge in sociology, psychology, communication science or a different social sciences subject and previous basic knowledge in empirical social research.

How much previous knowledge of statistics is required?

You should have acquired basic knowledge in statistics (or econometrics) in your previous degree programme. You should have basic knowledge in inferential statistics and empirical social research. Software skills in the relevant software such as STATA or SPSS/PASW are recommended.

What previous knowledge of economics do I need?

Applicants should at least have basic knowledge in economics and business studies (taught in introductory and minor subject modules on microeconomics and macroeconomics or in modules on sociology, communication science or similar modules on game theory or capital theory).

Admission requirements

All applicants have to pass an assessment process to check whether their qualifications are suitable for the degree programme. In the first stage, a maximum of 100 points can be allocated for the following three aspects based on the application documents (excluding the written work sample):

  • Quality of the previous degree or previous achievements (maximum of 70 points). The following aspects are most important:
    • Number of ECTS credits earned in social sciences (especially in psychology, sociology, communication sciences)
    • Number of ECTS credits earned in economics
    • Number of ECTS credits earned in statistics/econometrics/empirical social research
  • Special subject knowledge, skills and abilities (max. 15 points). The following aspects are most important:
    • Final grade in the undergraduate degree
    • Software skills in statistics (STAT; SPSS/PASW; R)
  • Individual knowledge (max. 15 points). The following aspects are most important:
    • Placements, work experience
    • Language skills
    • Time spent abroad

The next stage of the procedure is determined by the number of points achieved in the first stage.

  • 100 to 70 points: direct admission
  • 69 to 50 points: assessment of a written sample of work
  • 49 to 0 points: rejected

Applicants with 69 to 50 points after the first application stage will be tested to assess their suitability. The written work sample they have submitted is assessed by two members of the admissions committee.

If applicants achieve a total of at least 70 points in both application stages, they are admitted. If they fail to achieve 70 points in total, they are rejected.

For questions regarding admission, please contact the degree programme coordinator: wiwi-ma-sozoek@fau.de.

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Please note: Despite careful checks, we cannot rule out errors or omissions. For this reason, all prospective students are advised to seek detailed information from FAU's Student Advice and Career Service (IBZ) before commencing their studies.

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Degree type: Master of Science (MSc)
Type of study: Master
Location: Nuremberg
Standard duration of study: 4 Semester
Start date of degree programme: Winter Term
Language: German
Admission: No Admissions Restrictions
Early entrance programme: no
Part-time study: no
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Economics, and Law

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