The research-oriented master’s program Sociology - European Societies deals with the description and analysis of social aspects of Europeanization. The extent and the conditions of the integration of the European nation-states are discussed as well as future integration possibilities.

Here, social structural and cultural differences, similarities and conflicts are in the foreground from a comparative perspective. Changes in individual national societies in the course of the economic, political and social unification process are analyzed and European societies are viewed from a global perspective, also in comparison to other world regions.


The master's program "Sociology - European Societies" comprises four study sections:

  •  Basics (modules 1-3)
  •  Structure (modules 4-6)
  •  Specialization (modules 7 and 8) as well as
  •  Degree (master's thesis and colloquium)

The study regulations contain more details on the structure, process, content and time required; The examination regulations contain the type and requirements of the examinations including credit points.


Sections and associated modules of the degree program at a glance:

Study section: Basics
Module 1                     The political unification of Europe and the development of European societies since 1945
Module 2 Sociological theories of social change and social integration
Module 3 Methods of comparative social research
Study phase: structure
Module 4 Social structure and social inequality of European societies in comparison
Module 5 Values ??and culture in a European comparative perspective
Module 6 Globalization and regional development
Study section: specialization
Module 7 Research internship
Module 8 Specialization area
Stage of study: graduation

master thesis

The master's thesis should show that the students are able to independently work on and present a research task using scientific methods.

After successfully completing the study program, the university degree Master of Arts (MA) is awarded.


To be admitted to the master’s degree, applicants must demonstrate the following requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree or other equivalent university degree with sociological components amounting to at least 60 CP, of which at least 10 CP are in social science research methods
  • Proof of language proficiency in English (at least at level B2 GER).

It is also possible to study the course entirely in English.

Proof of German language skills is therefore not required.


With its explicit research orientation, the course aims to qualify young scientists for activities in the academic and science-related field. Possible occupational fields are university and non-university social science research institutes as well as international, especially European organizations, international associations and non-governmental organizations, state institutions and political parties. In addition, there is the possibility of teaching at universities and non-university institutions.

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