Sociology

Master of Arts

Soziologie, M.A.

Description

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.

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Module Handbook

Course Catalogue

Institute for Sociology

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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 (15 CP) as part of the Minor.
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. Information for those candidates who possess degrees from foreign universities may be found at the International 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.
Application Online
Special Features Online Self-Assessment

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.

Upon successful completion of a Master of Arts degree, there is the opportunity to begin working towards a Ph.D. either at the TU Darmstadt or at another national or international university: Ph.D. at TU Darmstadt

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".

Degree Programme Guidelines/Study Regulations

General Examination Terms of Technische Universität Darmstadt

Previous degree programme guidelines can be found in the Satzungsbeilagen of TU Darmstadt or on the Webpages of your Studienbüro.