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Social Scientific Data Analysis - Master of Science programme

Master's programme · 2 years · 120 credits

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Are you interested in social scientific research and the many ways that research projects can be developed and carried out?

What will I study?

The programme is an interdisciplinary Master’s programme in social sciences which aims to provide you with a strong knowledge in research methodology, research design, research methods, and theory, which are the building blocks of social scientific empirical research. The major objective of the programme is to train your ability to develop, refine, and carry out social scientific research projects. The focus of the master's programme is on the process of conducting social research, research methodology, and applied theory. Coursework involves extensive and intensive training in the process of conducting social research, research design, methodology, qualitative and quantitative methods (students are taught to analyse using state-of-the-art programming language ’R’), as well as applied theory, theory building, and relevant interdisciplinary theories.

The third term consists of a 15-credit disciplinary elective period that may be used in a range of ways with an approved disciplinary focus, including an academic internship, a non-academic internship, or an elective course.You will be given ample opportunities for developing your intellectual capacities, expanding your skills and competencies, building up your network, as well as preparing for your life after your master's.

The medium of instruction is English. This means that lectures and seminars will be given in English and that examinations (including the master's thesis) will be in English.

What happens after the programme?

After completing the Master of Science Programme in Social Scientific Data Analysis, you will acquire a degree of Master of Science in Social Scientific Data Analysis (120 credits), with a major in one of the following disciplines: Gender Studies, Development Studies, Human Geography, Political Science, Social Work, Social Anthropology, Sociology, or Sociology of Law. The major corresponds to the major in your Bachelor's degree.

The programme in Social Scientific Data Analysis will prepare you for postgraduate studies as well as for research and research management in a variety of fields linking data science with social scientific training (e.g. conducting data analysis, market research for research organisations, IT companies, consultancies, risk management firms, intelligence analysis, or other private companies).

For further information about the programme, please refer to our website or send us an email: master [at] sam [dot] lu [dot] se

How to apply?

To be eligible for one of our programmes you must have a Bachelor's degree in one of the following Social Sciences majors:

  • Political Science
  • Sociology
  • Social Work
  • Social Anthropology
  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology of Law
  • Development Studies
  • Human Geography

In your application we ask you to include a Statement of Purpose which shall also give a brief statement on previous experience/knowledge in methods and methodology.

Please see our website for detailed instructions on how to apply:

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Program coordinator

Email: master [at] sam [dot] lu [dot] se

Requirements and selection

Entry requirements

The programme builds on previous studies in the Social Sciences. To be eligible for the programme students must have a Bachelor’s degree with a major (i.e. at least 90 ECTS credits) in Development Studies, Gender Studies, Human Geography, Political Science, Social Anthropology, Social Work, Sociology or Sociology of Law, or the equivalent.

A good command of English language both spoken and written, equivalent to English B/6 (advanced) proficiency in the Swedish secondary system, is required. Equivalence assessments will be made according to Swedish national guidelines as interpreted by Lund University.

Selection criteria

The applicant’s estimated capacity to complete the programme is the primary criterion for selection. Students are selected on the basis of their previous study results (grades on courses and Bachelor’s degree essay), proficiency in English, statement of purpose which shall also include a brief statement on previous experience/knowledge in methods and methodology. Since this is a multidisciplinary programme it is essential to attain an even distribution among different majors within the group. The number of admitted applicants from one major shall not exceed 30 % of all students admitted to the programme. Hence the applicant’s major will be used as a selection criterion in the case of many applicants from one major.

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.

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Country-specific requirements

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

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Start Autumn Semester 2024

Day-time Lund, full time 100%

In English

Study period

30 August 2024 - 7 June 2026


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.

When to apply for studies

Step 1: Apply online

  • Check that you meet the entry requirements of the programme or course you are interested in (refer to the section above on this webpage).
  • Start your application – go to the University Admissions in Sweden website where you create an account and select programmes/courses during the application period.
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  • 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 the University Admissions in Sweden website. Follow any country-specific document rules for Master's studies or Bachelor's studies
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  • Get all your documents ready:
    - official transcripts and high school diploma (Bachelor's applicants)
    - official transcripts and degree certificate or proof that you are in the final year of your Bachelor's (Master's applicants)
    - passport/ID (all applicants) and
    - proof of English proficiency (all applicants).
  • Prepare programme-specific documents if stated in the next paragraph on this webpage.
  • Upload or send all required documents to University Admissions before the document deadline.
  • Pay the application fee (if applicable – refer to the section below on this webpage) before the document deadline.

* Note that the process is 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. However, there may still be other documents you need to submit! See the link below. 

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Programme-specific documents

In addition to the documents mentioned under Step 2, you must also submit a statement of purpose, written in English, when you apply to this programme. The statement of purpose should not exceed 3 500 characters including spaces. Be sure that your complete name, the name of the Master's programme and your application number are visible on this document.

You should address the following in your statement of purpose:

  • What are your reasons for applying for this programme? In what ways do you expect to contribute to the programme?
  • Please describe your background and experience with social scientific research methods and methodology.


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Tuition fees

Non-EU/EEA citizens

Full programme/course tuition fee: SEK 250 000

First payment: SEK 62 500

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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.

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 when you apply at the University Admissions in Sweden website. You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to.

*Note that there are no tuition or application fees for exchange students or doctoral/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 Master's level.

Scholarship information on 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