12 months
3900 EUR/year
961 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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Labour market inequalities, ethnic and gender diversity, political conflict about culture and identity, and the vicissitudes of the welfare state are just some of the issues that define today’s public debates in the West. If you are interested in these or related issues, then the Sociology programme at KU Leuven  is the choice for you


Taught by dedicated and internationally recognised staff, it offers students the opportunity to become experts in one of three specialised domains: Culture and Society, Social Data Science, and Solidarity and Social Risks in Europe.

  • Culture and society:This specialisation addresses (changes in) political ideologies, religious worldviews, understandings of social identity, and moral and aesthetic frameworks, as well as their wider consequences for social and political conflict and social inequality.
  • Social data science:This specialisation provides in-depth knowledge about, and hands-on experience with, quantitative research and statistical analysis in the social sciences, including the collection and analysis of big data in conjunction with survey data.
  • Solidarity and social risks in Europe:This specialisation addresses the new social risks and challenges that have emerged across Europe in the realms of work, care and health, as well as the various policies and practices they are dealt with.

Career Perspectives

The Sociology programme at KU Leuven  prepares students for a wide range of positions in academic or applied research, teaching, and policy advice, either in Europe or beyond.

Examples of a few possible career perspectives include: scientific researcher, civil servant, consultant, commercial researcher, journalist, teacher, policy officer, human resources manager, NGO or non-profit sector.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • From Problem to Analysis    
  •   Advanced Qualitative Methods    
  •   Sociological Theory in ActionArt and Society   
  •  Race, Ethnicity and the Postcolonial Condition    
  •  Culture and Inequality

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • On the basis of the following degrees, or similar degrees, obtained outside the Flemish Community:
  • Any Bachelor’s degree in the field of sociology, or in a related discipline in the field of social sciences (e.g. Communication Sciences, Political Science).
  • Any Master’s degree in the field of sociology, or in a related discipline in the field of social sciences (e.g. Communication Sciences, Political Science).
  • Any degree that proves that a student has completed the equivalent of a bridging or preparatory programme for a Master’s programme in Sociology.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    3900 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3900 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    961 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 961 EUR per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Gent

754 - 1205 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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