The MA in Sociology gains its special profile from three components. Two core areas of the discipline are covered at an advanced, international level, namely sociological theories and quantitative and qualitative methods of empirical research. The program moreover focuses on the mediation of practical, research-based expertise and skills.
In a two-semester research module, students acquire in-depth knowledge of all phases of the empirical research process: the development of a research question and the theoretical conception of a research design, the formulation of hypotheses and operationalization, the selection and application of appropriate quantitative and qualitative methods, the analysis of data, and the written examination of results in a research report.
Furthermore, specialization modules covering a broad range of topics enable students to develop their own individual academic profile. They are encouraged to participate in team studies and supervised tutorials in order to learn how to communicate their research findings to both experts and the broader public, and to develop their dialog and team skills.