Sociology - Social Research

University of Cologne

M.Sc. On Campus
24 months
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The Sociology - Social Research course at the University of Cologne is a theory-driven, empiracally oriented field of study. The programme therefore focuses not only on sociological theories but also on methods and statistics used in th social sciences.


This programme provides you with:

  • key qualifications in empirical research that are demanded and rewarded on the labour market.
  • insights into societal and organisational challenges and how to address them (e.g. aging workforce, ethnic diversity, social
  • inequality, crime).
  • a coherent learning experience that follows a clear paradigm of theory-driven empirical research.
  • plenty of opportunities for practical experiences in private and public research institutes


By completing this Sociology - Social Research course at the University of Cologne you will acquire skills that are highly demanded on the labour market, such as analytical thinking,

problem-solving, the collection and statistical analyses of large-scale observational data, as well as substantive knowledge on

societal challenges and trends.

It will prepare you for an increasingly data-rich professional life. By taking introductory and advanced courses in empirical methods and statistics, you will learn to collect, prepare, analyse, and interpret data. Teaming up with co-students and working on your own research project will prepare you for a broad set of positions.

Example job opportunities include work within:

  • companies and organisations that look for heads of data science divisions (e.g. automobile industry, law enforcement).
  • companies in market and opinion research.
  • statistics agencies.
  • associations concerned with social and economic policy or social planning.
  • research institutes.
  • media research departments within mass media corporations.
  • human resources and data science departments in corporations.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Analysis of Longitudinal Data
  • Research Seminar in Sociology and Social Research
  • On Social Change
  • Comparative Research
  • Diversity, Cohesion and Conflicts
  • Advenced Sociological Theories and Research
  • Marketing

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A Bachelor degree or equivalent in the respective field (worth at least 180 ECTS) credits and an overall grade point average of
  • at least 2.7 (German grade). Applicants must meet the following requirements:
  • At least 18 ECTS in the field of Sociology or Social Psychology
  • At least 12 ECTS in the field of Methods in Quantitative Social Sciences, Applied Quantitative Empirical Social Research,
  • or Statistics
  • English language skills level B2 CEFR

Tuition Fee

  • International

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.

The University of Cologne does not charge any tuition fees.

Each semester, all enrolled students of the University of Cologne have to pay a social fee ("Semesterbeitrag").


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