M.A. in Sociology and Social Research (Germany) Deadline: June 15, 2019

University of Cologne

Application Deadline

June. 15, 2019

Program Commencement

October 1, 2019

Duration of the Program

Four Semesters

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Program Details

The Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences of the University of Cologne invites applications for MSc Sociology and Social Research.

The Core and Advanced Section of the Master’s programme Sociology and Social Research include 27 credit points and cover the methodological basics of sociology and social research. The Specialisation Section contains 39 credit points and consists of a research seminar, in which 15 credits points will be obtained, as well as advanced modules of sociology and social research. The Supplementary Section serves as an additional section to develop a more specific profile – either by deepening and specializing or by diversifying knowledge. Further modules from business administration, social sciences, and economics are available to students. This area will contain two sub-areas that both require 12 credit points.


Some examples of the questions our students look at include the following:

  • How does human decision-making produce societal consequences?
  • What are the links between ethnic diversity, trust, and conflicts?
  • What are the determinants of successful aging in modern societies?
  • How do families cope with the competing demands of modern everyday life?
  • How can we explain trends in social inequality with respect to educational attainment, income, and wealth?
  • How can we explain crime and delinquency and what are the (dis-)advantages of different prevention and intervention policies?
  • Which methods and assumptions allow me to make causal inferences based on non-experimental data?
  • When and how do I apply special methods of data analysis, such as social network analysis, meta-analysis, or factorial surveys?

Possible areas of employment for sociologists can be found within the market and opinion research, national and international statistic agencies, in national and international associations that are concerned with social and economic policy, research institutions, the departments of media research within mass media corporations and personnel administration of corporations. Additionally, other areas of employment are present in positions of local government, e.g., in departments responsible for school policy, family policy, city policy or environmental policy as well as provincial and federal agencies. Graduates possess skills that qualify for the upper grade of civil service and leading positions in social and market research as well as social planning.

There are NO tuition fees for the program.

Eligibility/ Requirements

Applicants with the following qualifications are eligible to apply:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • at least 18 ECTS in the fields of sociology or social psychology
  • at least 12 ECTS in the fields of methods in quantitative social sciences, applied quantitative empirical social research, or statistics
  • English language skills B2

Application Process

Applications can be submitted via uni-assist with the following documents: 

  • authenticated (and translated) copy of bachelor degree certification or attestation of 80% studies and Transcript of Records 
  • authenticated (and translated) copy of university entrance qualification 
  • authenticated copy of proof of English language proficiency
  • authenticated copy of all documents listed above in the original language 
  • original APS certificate only for applicants with Chinese, Mongolian or Vietnamese bachelor’s certificates

Among them may be:

  • Request for Enrolment
  • Officially certified copies (with translations in German or English) of:
    • University Qualification (certificate of qualification for enrolling at a university) including subject and grade overview
    • previously obtained degrees (Master, Bachelor, etc.) and its related Transcript of Records
    • Proof of English language skills
  • Copy of your Identity Card or Passport (uncertified)
  • Proof of payment for the processing fee of 50 Euros
  • Chinese, Vietnamese and Mongolian applicants have to submit an APS Certificate

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