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Sociology (MA)

What is the degree programme about?

Sociology offers students the opportunity to gain research-oriented skills and knowledge and is managed by the Institute of Sociology at FAU. Students learn how to conduct graduate research in sociology independently from planning a research project to a completed Master's thesis.

During the degree programme, students put the knowledge and research skills that they have learned in theoretical and methodological modules into practice. Students are taught in small groups, ensuring they receive intensive support and individual advice when developing their research concepts. The practical research experience gained is then developed in research seminars over two semesters as part of teaching research projects.

At FAU, Master's students in sociology can choose their specialisation. The four possible specialisations are comparative social analysis, education and biography, culture and communication, and work and organisation. It is also possible to specialise in sociological theory and methods of empirical sociology research. Modules are available in all of these specialisations.

Sociology has a standard duration of four semesters and follows on from Bachelor's degree programme in sociology or related subjects.

What type of Bachelor's degree do I need?

In principle, all applicants with a Bachelor's degree in sociology or social sciences are eligible for this degree programme. In certain cases graduates with a degree in social economics may also be admitted.

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

Students must take the following modules: Sociological theories – 10 ECTS credits, Quantitative methods – 5 ECTS credits, Qualitative methods – 5 ECTS credits, Research seminar I – 10 ECTS credits, Research seminar II –10 ECTS credits, Research profile I-III – 10 ECTS credits each, two elective complementary modules from other subjects – 10 ECTS credits each, and the Master's thesis (30 ECTS credits).

In the second or third semester, the research profile modules I-III may be substituted by an additional module from the degree programme or a module in sociological theory worth 10 ECTS credits. Elective complementary modules may also be chosen from the Master's degree programme in Social Economics which is coordinated by the School of Business and Economics.

Admission requirement

Applicants with a Bachelor's degree in sociology are admitted directly if their average grade is 2.5 or better. Applicants with a Bachelor's degree in sociology with an average grade between 2.51 and 3.0 will be invited to an interview; the decision of whether to admit the applicant to the degree programme will be made by the Institute of Sociology's Admissions Committee.

Applicants with a degree in a related subject will also be invited to an interview; the decision of whether to admit the applicant to the degree programme will be made by the Institute of Sociology's Admissions Committee. In this case, the previous degree must contain at least 40 ECTS credits in sociology. In certain cases, applicants who pass the interview may be permitted to provide proof of up to 20 of these ECTS credits within one year.

Degree programme start date and application deadlines

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Degree type: Master of Arts (MA)
Type of study: Master
Location: Erlangen
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: yes
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology