The master's degree "Sociology: Social Regulations in Transition" is a research-oriented degree that leads you to a full, academic qualification in the subject of sociology and provides access to a doctorate for the graded study path. The course includes

  • a well-founded qualification in the reception and analysis of sociological theory; in particular theories of social order and disorder, order knowledge and order practices;
  • Knowledge of current scientific discussions, problems and research focuses in international sociology;
  • imparting application-oriented and methodological specialist knowledge, in particular methodology, social structure analysis, social change;
  • a two-semester project study with current research references in the elective areas "Established orders in spatial and temporal comparison", "Order as a process: interaction and relationship dynamics" or "Threatened orders";
  • the ability to independently conceptualize, plan and implement research projects;
  • in particular the research-related introduction and ability to plan a doctorate.

Areas of focus
Special sociological focus areas - e.g. established orders, order as a process or threatened orders - offer you the opportunity to get to know new research perspectives on phenomena of social and societal change and to deepen your knowledge.



The general admission requirement for the master’s course is proof of completion of a relevant bachelor’s course in the field of social sciences / sociology or proof of a comparable domestic or foreign professional university degree with an overall rating of at least 3.0. If this is not yet available, a transcript of records with a calculated average grade based on at least 80% of the credit points required for the bachelor's degree can be submitted.

In addition, the degree must include social science or sociological components amounting to at least 90 credit points (CP), of which at least 15 credit points (CP) must be in the field of methods of empirical social research.

Proof of course-specific knowledge and skills:

Knowledge of the English language at  level B2 of  the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. 

Approval mode:

Direct admission is granted if the admission requirements are fully met.



Language level B2

The language level B2 of the "Common European Framework of Reference for Languages ??of the Council of Europe" is proven by fulfilling one of the following criteria:

  • School reports proving the foreign language for at least 5 years up to the degree that entitles you to university entrance. The final grade, possibly the average grade of the last two years, must be at least the German grade 4 (sufficient) or 5 points. You can find out how to prove the foreign language skills you have acquired in school lessons 

If you can not prove the language level from your school lessons, the following alternatives apply :

  • A course of at least two years at a secondary educational institution in which the language to be verified is the primary language of instruction
  • or one of the following language certificates (comparable certificates are subject to a case-by-case examination):



The master’s program "Sociology: Social Orders in Transition" qualifies you for different professional fields, such as:

  • Personnel planning as well as personnel and organizational development,
  • Social research as well as market and opinion research,
  • Journalism,
  • Media and public relations,
  • Development policy and development cooperation,
  • Academic career in research and teaching through an MA degree and a doctorate.

These professional fields can be found in the public and private sector as well as in association work in organizations of political, social and cultural interest representation, where you can work in planning, administration, research or consulting.

These wide-ranging career perspectives are possible thanks to a broad-based basic academic training in the social science core competencies. A job-related focus is made possible by external compulsory elective modules or compulsory elective subjects and supported by a compulsory internship. However, it is not standardized for individual occupational fields, but must be carried out by you yourself. Use the opportunity to deal with the potential professional fields and your own future prospects right from the start.



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