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Sociology - European Societies, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #130 (QS) ,
The research-based Master’s program “Sociology – European Societies“ is hosted by the Institute of Sociology at Freie Universität Berlin. In academic training and research, the program focuses on the sociological inquiry of European societies in a global and transnational world. 


The Master’s program “Sociology – European societies” is unique in character and differs from other sociological Master programs in the following way:

  • While sociology usually focuses on the analysis of one national society, this program highlights the comparative study of different European societies.
  • In addition to the comparison of European societies, we inquire about their increasing integration and the development of a common European society.
  • Finally, we do not only analyze European societies, but we compare them to other world regions and examine the consequences of globalization for Europe.
  • Teaching Aims

    The Master’s program “Sociology – European Societies” is a research-oriented program. This implies that the content of studies is chosen according to actual research questions and is taught by experts of the field. Their aim is to enable students to conduct empirical research on their own by providing them with the methodological and analytical skills necessary. The research orientation of the Master’s program is complemented by the involvement of two renowned research centers, the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB) and the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW), as well as by research projects conducted at the Institute of Sociology. Thus, students obtain insights into the research process both within and besides their courses. In addition, a lot of our students work as student assistants for a variety of research projects. This does not only provide an additional income, but it allows students to gain experience in actual research.

    It is the aim of the Master’s program to enable students to use the theoretical and empirical tools of Sociology in order to:

    • Describe and explain socio-structural, economic, and cultural differences of EU member states in a scientifically elaborated manner;
    • Analyze the development of a common European society and the changes within European nation states caused by economic and political integration;
    • Analyze Europe in the context of globalization and in contrast to other world regions.


    The Master’s program “Sociology – European Societies” aims at qualifying students for positions in academic and scientific professions. It equips graduates for work within academic and political fields; for example, for positions in social science and research centers, international and particularly European Organizations, NGOs and governmental institutions. Additionally, the program enables graduates to teach at universities and other higher education institutions.

    After completion of the Master’s program, Berlin offers a variety of interesting possibilities for doctoral studies. In particular there are several graduate schools in the field of social and political science (scroll down for a list).

    Accordingly, some of our graduates started as Ph.D. students at institutions like the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) or the Berlin Graduate School of Social Science (BGSS) at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. Others work in research projects at the Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, the University of Applied Sciences Berlin (HTW) or in private corporations, for example SEnerCon GmbH. 

    Programme Structure

    Courses included:

    • European Integration and the Development of European Societies since 1945
    • Sociological Theories of Social Change and Integration
    • Methods of Comparative Research in Social Sciences
    • Social Structure and Inequality in European Societies

    Detailed Programme Facts

    • Programme intensity Full-time
      • Full-time duration 24 months
    • Credits
      60 ECTS
    • Languages
      • Partially taught in English
      • Partially taught in German
    • Delivery mode
      On Campus

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    General Requirements

    • Graduation certificate
    • Official transcript of records
    • Official translations of all certificates if issued in any language other than German or English
    • Proof of English knowledge
    • Sufficient knowledge of German

    Tuition Fee

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    • 836 - 1340 EUR/month
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