The research-oriented Master of Arts Sociology course deepens and expands the knowledge and skills acquired in the Bachelor’s degree in the analysis of social facts and the application of empirical research methods. Cooperative forms of teaching and learning form a focus of the course, which is why the compulsory course mainly consists of seminars and not lectures. A teaching research project prepares for the master's thesis. The additional specialization in one of the three main areas of sociology studies as well as participation in a research colloquium aim to lay the foundation for a later occupation in a social science professional field.
In principle, the possible fields of activity for social scientists are widely spread. For graduates of the Institute for Sociology of the TU Darmstadt, the focus is on activities in the personnel departments of companies, in management consultancies, in market and opinion research institutes and in public administration. They can also be used, for example, in school or specialist book editorial offices, in publishing houses (e.g. in proofreading), in radio, television and newspaper editorial offices, in PR and advertising agencies, in libraries and archives, in international organizations, in the cultural sector or in be active in press and public relations work.
For sociologists, it is also obvious to work in research and teaching at universities. You can also work for statistical, market and opinion research institutes, but also for political parties, associations, international organizations or in public administration.
It is therefore important, in addition to studying, to gain practical experience in relevant institutions at an early stage, to prove one's general suitability for practice and to establish contacts. The prospect of a good position is increased by the willingness to move professionally, also abroad. A good command of the English language is particularly recommended if you have an international focus.
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