Sociology (Master of Arts)
|Degree: Master of Arts|
|Duration: 4 semesters|
|Language: German; selected lectures/seminars in English|
|Internship: A job-related internship is optional and may be accredited (18 CP) as part of the Minor.|
|Requirements for Admission: Admittance to the Master of Arts programme (and thereby to the university) requires that students must have already completed a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree in the same area, or possess an equivalent degree. Admittance to the Master of Arts degree may also be contingent upon other additional requirements. Requirements specific to this degree programme may be found here and in the competences description. Please consult the (post-)graduate programme advisor for related questions. Please also note the general information regarding Master’s Degree programmes. Information for those candidates who possess degrees from foreign universities may be found at the International Admission.|
|Admission Procedure: As long as the requirements for admission (Entrance Requirements Verification) are fulfilled, there is no restriction on admission.|
|Part-time Studies: possible under specific conditions|
|Programme Start: winter semester or summer semester|
|Application Deadline: International applicants find their application deadline here.|
|Special Features: —|
The Master of Arts in Sociology programme has its focus on research and is designed to both deepen and broaden the knowledge and skills necessary to analyse social behaviour and to apply the empirical research methods acquired during the Bachelor of Arts. Another focus is the cooperative context or teaching and learning as can be seen from the majority of seminars over lectures. A research project prepares for the writing of the Master’s thesis. Students have the choice of specialising in one of three focal areas of sociology and to participate in a research colloquium. The overall goal is to lay the groundwork for students to follow an academic or professional career in the field of sociology.
The Master of Arts degree programme in Sociology is divided into a Mandatory Subject Area (54 CP), a Specialisation Area (18 CP) and a Minor (18 CP).
The Mandatory Subject Area are grouped into the following modules:
- MA1 Sociological Theories;
- MA2 Specific Sociology;
- MA3 Special Methods: Empirical Social Research;
- Moreover, the MA5 Teaching Research Project has to be done by the students, which consists of Teaching Research Project I and Teaching Research Project II.
In the Specialisation Area the students have the choice between MA4.1 Work, Technology and Organisation; MA4.2 City and Space; MA4.3 Education and Culture.
The Minor consists of 18 CP. Therefor the students choose a specific module catalogue of the areas Economics; Political Science; Philosophy; History; Human Sciences; Infrastucture/ Planning/ Traffic; Computer Science.
The Master’s degree programme concludes with a Master’s Thesis (30 CP). This independent research project encompasses an entire semester and forms a substantial component of the Master’s programme.
Advice for Prospective M.A. Students
While the Bachelor of Arts focuses mainly on the fundamentals of the field, the Master of Arts builds directly on this foundation by providing more breadth and depth scientifically and a more complete insight into the field. In contrast to the Bachelor degree programme, the Master of Arts enables and requires students to adopt their own major focal area and to work towards their own independent academic, scientific research profile. For these reasons it is recommended that students complete a Master of Arts degree.
Related Degree Programmes
|Sociology (B.A.) (Soziologie, B.A.)|
|Sociology (J.B.A.) (Soziologie, J.B.A.)|
|Educational Sciences – Education in Global Processes of Technologisation (M.A.) (Bildungswissenschaft – Bildung in globalen Technisierungsprozessen, M.A.)|
|History (M.A.) (Geschichte, M.A.)|
|Governance and Public Policy (M.A.) (Governance und Public Policy, M.A.)|
|Political Theory (M.A.) (Politische Theorie, M.A.)|
|International Studies – Peace and Conflict Research (M.A.) (Internationale Studien/Friedens- und Konfliktforschung, M.A.)|
Upon successful completion of a Master of Science degree, there is the opportunity to begin working towards a Ph.D. either at the TU Darmstadt or at another national or international university. Further information on doctoral studies at TU Darmstadt:
Ingenium – Young Researchers at TU Darmstadt (umbrella organisation for promoting early career researchers)
The job market for sociologists is generally broad and varied. The majority of career opportunities are available at universities and institutes, or in the teaching and researching of history. In addition, positions may be available in archives or in cultural institutions, including the planning of exhibitions and art and cultural activities management.
Other possible career options include working in school- and academic textbook publishing, in editing/proof-reading departments of publishing companies, in radio, television and newspaper editing departments, in PR and web agencies, in libraries and archives, with international organisations and in cultural fields.
It is important to start early during the degree programme to gain practical work experience in relevant organisations. In this way students can promote themselves as competent professionals in practice and make important professional contacts. The likelihood of finding a good position is definitely heightened if the student is flexible when it comes to commuting or even moving abroad. Good English language skills are particularly important when it comes to the international job market.
To find out more about careers, please check the Institute of Sociology's “Berufspodium”.
TU Darmstadt's offer of Job Shadowing is a quick and simple method of career orientation by accompanying professionally experienced TU Darmstadt alumni for one day.
Further information about career opportunities on the German job market may be found on the following websites: