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Labour in Society (M.A.)


The M.A. program "Labour in Society" is characterised by its interdisciplinarity and research-orientation. It provides insights into theoretical debates as well as empirical research regarding the complex interrelations between labour, work organization, and their social, political, and economic embeddedness. The program comprises courses and modules from different departments including Sociology, Economics, Cultural Anthropology, History, Diversity Studies, and Law as well as from the Center of Methods in the Social Sciences.

Labour in Society
Master of Arts (M.A.)
Full-time studies or Part-time studies
Standard period of study:
4 semesters, up to 7 semester in part-time studies
Start of studies:
winter and summer semester
Teaching Language:
restricted (Application to the Faculty)

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Due to its interdisciplinarity, the linking of research and practice orientation as well as the content focus on "work in companies and society", the Master's programme is not least intended to appeal to those with professional experience. Especially if you have made the leap from gainful employment to university, we hope to benefit from your expertise!

The course offer combines a wide freedom of choice between modules from the participating disciplines with the following structuring elements:

Compulsory core modules:

  • Introductory course in which central topics of the degree programme are examined from the perspective of the participating disciplines;
  • two-semester teaching research project in which you design, plan, carry out and evaluate your own empirical project - this is the core of your Master's programme;
  • Master's colloquium, which accompanies your Master's thesis and in which you have the opportunity to discuss your respective project with other students as well as with the lecturers involved in the degree programme.
Research and practice orientation:
In order to adequately analyse work in companies and society and to recognise the changing processes, structures and power relations that are expressed in it, it is necessary,
  • to get to know central concepts, findings and debates of the disciplines involved, to relate them to each other and to critically examine them;
  • to develop one's own questions on this basis, to study the handling of suitable methodological tools theoretically and to test them empirically on a concrete research problem;
  • to examine, refine and defend one's own findings in an interdisciplinary exchange.
Practical orientation has a threefold meaning in this Master's programme: you gain experience with the practice of empirical research processes; labour research takes place in close exchange with representatives of academia, companies and associations; and students with practical experience of the world of work are highly welcome.
Collective learning for the democratisation of the world of work
In the Master's programme "Work in Business and Society", collective learning and exchange between students with and without A-levels as well as with and without work experience is emphasised. You can expect a demanding course of study, because there is a lot to do in the workplace and in society.

In this degree programme, you will develop a qualification profile that will prepare you for jobs in academia or companies, in trade unions or non-governmental organisations.

Related and consecutive/graduate programmes

Related programmes

Consecutive/graduate programmes


Previous education

  • Bachelor degree or equivalent degree in Sociology or related Social Sciences
  • at least 150 ECTS at the time of application
  • Eligibility
    • At least 50 C in sociology or related social sciences,
    • At least 30 C of coursework in sociology or related Social Sciences
    • as well as achievements in business administration, economics, law, history, ethnology or cultural anthropology amounting to at least 20 C

Language requirements

If German is not your first language, you must provide proof of proficiency in German at level of the DSH-2 .

Interest in content, critical thinking and practical experience with gainful employment are the best prerequisites for the Master "Work in Business and Society" - we take this into account when selecting students for this admission-restricted degree programme.

Application deadlines

Please apply

  • until May 15th for the winter semester
  • until November 15th for the summer semester
You can start this degree programme in the winter or summer semester.

Lottery procedure

  • from October 1st to 5th for the winter semester
  • from April 1st to 5th for the summer semester


Academic Advising

Annegret Schallmann

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37073 Göttingen

Phone: +49 551 39 27159