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Sociology (M.A.)


Would you like to analyse the dynamics and processes of society in depth and gain your first empirical research experience? The aim of the Master's programme in Sociology is to qualify students to critically examine societies and to conduct independent research within the framework of teaching research projects. The research-oriented degree programme focuses on in-depth knowledge of sociological theories and advanced methodological skills.

Master of Arts
Full-time studies or Part-time studies
Standard period of studies:
4 semesters, up to 7 semesters in part-time studies
Start of studies:
winter and summer semester
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The aim of the Master's degree programme is to impart in-depth subject-specific knowledge and the ability to overview the central contexts of the subject and to apply basic theories and methods. The content focuses on historical sociology, sociology of work, especially digitalisation in the world of work, social policy and structural analysis, as well as political sociology and cultural sociology, with a focus on the sociology of migration and religion.

As a research-oriented degree programme, the MA Sociology in Göttingen offers all students the opportunity to work on their own empirical research project in a two-semester teaching research programme with intensive supervision.

The degree programme opens up access to an academic career and enables entry into various professional fields. Possible fields of employment can include the press, mass media, public relations or work in associations. There are also career development prospects in further education and in extracurricular youth education and youth welfare, as well as in the field of public administration at federal, state and municipal level and in human resources management in companies and organisations. The Master's programme also prepares students for doctoral studies.

Consecutive/graduate programmes

Consecutive programmes


This degree programme can be studied in 2 different profiles.

  • Singe Honours MA totalling 78 credits (Mono-master)
  • Joint Honours MA totalling 42 credits in combination with one module package (minor) totalling 36 credits

You apply for one study profile.

To obtain a master’s degree, students must complete 120 credits which, depending on the chosen profile, are distributed as follows:

Single Honours MA (mono-master):

  • Mayor studies in Sociology: 78 C
  • Key competencies: 12 C
  • master’s thesis: 30 C
Detailed overview (German)

Joint Honours MA (combined master):

  • Mayor studies in Sociology: 42 C
  • External module package: 36 C
  • Key competencies: 12 C
  • Master’s thesis: 30 C
Detailed overview (German)

The combined master can only be studied part-time, if the module package(s) is also suitable for part-time studies.

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Application deadlines:

  • Until May 15th for the winter semester
  • Until November 15th for the summer semester

Lottery procedure:

  • From October 1st – 5th for the winter semester
  • From April 1st – 5th for the summer semester

Previous studies:

  • B.A.-degree or equivalent in Sociology or a related subject
  • At least 150 ECTS at the time of application
  • Eligibility: Proof of achievements in Gender Studies of at least 50 C
    • at least 9 C in the area of sociological theories
    • at least 8 C in the area of social structure analysis
    • at least 8 C in the area of empiricism/statistics

Language requirements:

  • If your mother tongue is not German , you must prove sufficient knowledge of the German language at DSH-2 level .
  • A confident command of English and another foreign language is recommended.



Academic Advising

Annegret Schallmann

Platz der Göttinger Sieben 3
37073 Göttingen

Tel. +49 551 39 27159
Fax. +49 551 39 26542

Questions on the programme

Dr. Ina Alber-Armenat

Institute for Sociology
Platz der Göttinger Sieben 3
37073 Göttingen