Sociology in European Context (SEC), Master

Sociology in European Context (SEC), Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months


Sociology in European Context (SEC) Sociology in European Context (SEC) is a two-year English-language Master’s programme designed for international students interested in gaining in-depth knowledge of the state of the present-day field including its theory and research methods. The curriculum focuses on major social processes taking place in contemporary European countries and offers opportunities for students to develop skills including data collection, analysis and interpretation while carrying out sociological research. It is taught at Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Social Sciences by members of the Institute of Sociological Studies (ISS).

The lectures and seminars examine processes and phenomena of international migration, nationalism, and social inequality in terms of societal integration and the main threats to the building of a civil society in Central Europe. Further, students explore the role of elites in societies undergoing social transformation and in the building of a civil society. The programme also includes lectures and seminars on carrying out applied research (electoral, marketing etc.), and special attention is paid to developing students’ critical thinking about scientific practice.

Students graduating from the Sociology in European Context (SEC) programme at Charles University will possess scholarly advantages including current knowledge of the major social problems facing present-day European societies, as well as a comprehensive view of contemporary sociological theory. With their understanding of both quantitative and qualitative sociological research methods, graduates can competently conduct a sociological research and cooperate effectively on both analytic and problem solving tasks, allowing them to work as a researcher, an expert, an analyst or a project manager in either the public sector and non-profit organisations, or in private companies. Our graduates are likewise prepared to pursue a fruitful academic career.


SEC is fully accredited by the Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports.

Programme Structure

Courses Include:
  • Introduction to Social Research Methodology
  • Contemporary Social Theory
  • Text, Narrative and Discourse Analysis
  • Borders and International Migration
  • Statistics in SPSS
  • Elites in Society
  • Diploma Seminar I
  • Diploma Seminar II
  • Sociology of Critique
For more information please visit the programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    The early admissions deadline for academic year 2018/19 is 28th February 2018. The early admissions deadline is strongly recommended for students from non-EU or non-EFTA countries who will need a student visa in order to study in the Czech Republic.

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree. The Master's degree programmes are open only to applicants who have already completed (or are about to complete) a Bachelor's degree in a related programme of study or at least a combination of related programmes with other study tracks.

  • It is not necessary for students to have obtained their Bachelor's degree from Charles University in Prague, or any university in the Czech Republic. However, students who have earned their Bachelor's degree abroad should note that, under current rules on the recognition of foreign diplomas, it will be necessary for them to obtain an official document to say that their Bachelor's degree is recognised in the Czech Republic.

    In theory, the recognition process should be completed by students before they register for their first day of classes in September. In practice this is impossible. We will therefore register all successful applicants provisionally for the first semester, while they work on their papers and while we wait for the legal situation to clarify. Please note, however, that this does not mean students will not be required to get their degree recognised at all. At some point all students will have to go through with it.

  • English-language ability. The programmes require a sufficient knowledge of the English language to attend classes, write papers and be capable of reading Master level textbook without difficulties (i.e. at least B2 level). Students who are not native speakers may be asked to demonstrate their ability to study in English, e.g. by presenting the results of any language tests they have taken. Although we welcome TOEFL and IELTS, they are not necessarily a condition of entry. A real ability to study in English is more important.

  • Eligibility. There will be no entrance examinations. The eligibility of individual applicants will be assessed by an applications committee in May (precise date to be confirmed). In cases where the applicant does not meet the above requirement concerning related programmes, a detailed motivation letter may help the applications committee to decide.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    4000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    4000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
With discounts offered the fee can be lowered to even €2000.

Living costs for Prague

  • 15441 - 26250 CZK/month
    Living Costs

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


  • Thanks to a generous contribution from the Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, the Faculty of Social Sciences is able to offer a limited number of partial scholarships for students of all fee based programs in academic year 2017/2018. A total of seven scholarships are available, ear-marked for students from developing countries and/or countries going through a process of political and economic transition.

As in previous years, the Faculty of Social Sciences will continue to offer students the opportunity to apply for a discount in their final year (or final semester) of study in all English-taught programmes. The conditions will be as follows:

  • The discount is available to students in the closing semesters of their studies, who have already completed all compulsory courses specified by the curriculum of their programme, except the Master's Thesis Seminar, the Master's Thesis, and the Final Exam (or their relevant bachelor level equivalents for BEF). All relevant study requirements must be completed before the start of the semester in which students wish the discount to come into effect. In the case of BECES this may exclude Czech Language for BECES IV (JMMZ168).
  • Students who are studying at FSV UK with the financial support of the scholarships offered though the Czech Ministry of Education development programme, are governed by a different set of financial conditions. Students in this category are not eligible for a discount in a school year for which they have received a scholarship. However, if they continue in their studies into a later school year, in which they no longer receive the scholarship, they may apply for a discount if they fulfil the other conditions.
  • Students who have already qualified for the discount in an earlier semester may continue to study at the lower rate of school fees for more than one semester, if they need extra time to write their thesis. It is not necessary to reapply for the discount in later semesters.
  • The exact fee paid by students who have qualified for the discount is specified each year in the price list issued by the Dean. At the time of writing, the reduced school fee is 300 EUR per semester (subject to revision in future years).

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