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Sociology - Master of Science programme

Master's programme2 years120 credits
The Master of Science in Sociology provides specialisation in the scholarly approach that is fundamental to students aiming to pursue PhD studies and also is of considerable value for advanced work as a policy or operational officer in different kinds of organisations. Furthermore, the programme provides the student with knowledge and skills to adapt to a changing working life and ability to contribute to development in society and working life.

Programme overview

The MSc in Sociology prepares students for PhD studies in Sociology as well as for advanced professional work in socio­logical inquiries and community planning. The programme allows students considerable freedom to select courses ac­cording to interest and future needs. The programme en­ables students to develop critical thinking, analytical skills and ability to conduct societal analysis, as well as to acquire specialised knowledge of sociology. On completion of the programme, students are awarded a degree of Master of Science (120 credits) specialising in Sociology.


In the programme the students will acquire

  • knowledge and understanding in sociology, including both broad knowledge of the field and a considerable degree of specialised knowledge in certain areas of the field as well as specialised insight into current research and development work.

  • specialised knowledge of research methods in sociology.

  • the ability to critically and systematically integrate knowledge, and analyse, assess and deal with complex phenomena, issues and situations, even with limited information.

  • the ability to identify and formulate research questions critically, autonomously and creatively as well as to plan and, using appropriate methods, undertake advanced tasks within predetermined time frames and so contribute to the formation of knowledge as well as the ability to evaluate this work.

  • the skills required for participation in research and development work or autonomous employment in some other qualified capacity.


Programme courses

Classical and Con­temporary Theory (15 credits), Methods and Social Analysis (15 credits), Modern Classics (15 credits), Selected courses in theory of science and research methods (in total 15 credits), for example: Participatory Methods of Change and Development (7.5 credits) and/or Methods of Text and Discourse Analysis (7.5 credits) and/or Evaluation Research – Theories and Methods (7.5 credits) and/or Quantitative Methods: Multivariate Analysis (7.5 credits), elective courses/study abroad/internship (30 credits), Master’s thesis (30 credits).

There is a possibility for students to apply for a double degree with Fudan University or National Taras Shevchenko University of Kyiv.


Career prospects


The programme provides you with both the background knowledge and the practical skills needed to work in a broad range of fields including governmental, non-govern­mental and the private sector.


You will be prepared for a future career as a policy maker, a leader or a practitioner working in government agencies, private companies or NGOs, or alternatively, for doctoral studies and a continued academic career.


Department of Sociology

Visiting address:Paradisgatan 5, Hus G, Lund

Post address:Box 114, 221 00 Lund


Study adviser

E-mail: studievagledare [at] soc [dot] lu [dot] se 

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

A Bachelor's degree is required that includes at least 90 credits or equivalent of studies in Sociology or the equivalent.

Selection criteria

The applicants estimated capacity to complete the programme is the primary criterion for selection. Students who fulfill the special eligibility requirements are selected on the basis of their previous study results (grades on courses and Bachelor s degree essay), proficiency in English and letter of intent.

English language requirements

Most of Lund University’s programmes require English Level 6 (unless otherwise stated under 'Entry requirements'). This is the equivalent of an overall IELTS score of 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 90. There are several ways to prove your English language proficiency – check which proof is accepted at the University Admissions in Sweden website. All students must prove they meet English language requirements by the deadline, in order to be considered for admission.

Country-specific requirements

Check if there are any country-specific eligibility rules for you to study Master's studies or Bachelor's studies in Sweden.


Important dates

Start Autumn semester 2020

Study period


daytime Lund, full time 100%

In English

August 31, 2020 - June 5, 2022

Closed for applications

How to apply

Lund University uses a national application system run by University Admissions in Sweden. It is only possible to apply during the application periods.

Step 1: Apply online

  • Check you meet the entry requirements of the programme or course you are interested in
  • Start your application – go to where you create an account and select programmes/courses, during the application period
  • Rank your programme/course choices in order of preference and submit them before the application deadline

Step 2: Submit documents

  • Read about how to document your eligibility and how to submit your documents at Follow any country-specific document rules for Master's studies or Bachelor's studies
  • Get all your documents ready: official transcripts and high school diploma (Bachelor's applicants), official transcripts and degree certificate or proof of expected graduation (Master's applicants), passport/ID and proof of English proficiency (all applicants)
  • Prepare programme-specific documents if stated on this page
  • Upload or send all required documents to University Admissions before the document deadline
  • Pay the application fee (if applicable) before the document deadline

*Note that the process if different if you are applying as an exchange student or as a part of a cooperation programme (such as Erasmus +).
*If you have studied your entire Bachelor's programme in Sweden and all of your academic credits are in Ladok, you do not have to submit transcripts or your diploma when applying for a Master's programme.

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Programme-specific documents

In addition to the documents mentioned under Step 2, you must also submit a statement of purpose (of around one page) when you apply for this programme.


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Tuition fees

Non-EU/EEA citizens

Full programme/course tuition fee: SEK 220 000

First payment: SEK 55 000

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Citizens of a country outside of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are required to pay tuition fees. You pay one instalment of the tuition fee in advance of each semester.

Read more about tuition fees, payments and exemptions

EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland

There are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.

Application fee

If you are required to pay tuition fees, you are generally also required to pay an application fee of SEK 900 (approximately EUR 100) when you apply at You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to.

Read more about paying the University Admissions in Sweden application fee and exemptions

*Note that there are no tuition or application fees for exchange students or PhD students, regardless of their nationality.

Scholarships & funding

Lund University Global Scholarship programme

The Lund University Global Scholarship programme is a merit-based and selective scholarship targeted at top academic students from countries outside the EU/EEA.

Lund University Global Scholarship

Swedish Institute Scholarships

The Swedish Institute offers scholarships to international students applying for studies in Sweden at Bachelor's, Master's, PhD and post-doctoral levels.

Scholarship options at the Swedish Institute website

Country-specific scholarships and funding options

Lund University has agreements with scholarship organisations and funding bodies in different countries, which may allow applicants to apply for funding or scholarships in their home countries for their studies at Lund University.

External scholarships

Information about scholarships from external organisations