Study Programme

Programme outline

  First semester Second semester

First year

  • Sociological Theory Construction and Model Building 7.5 EC
  • Family and Social Inequality 7.5 EC
  • Methods and Statistics 1: Regression
    Analysis and its Generalizations
    7.5 EC
  • Research Practical 1: Time Competition in Families and Organizations 7.5 EC
  • Social Networks – Theory and Empirics 7.5 EC
  • Starting with your Thesis – Literature Review 7.5 EC
  • Methods and Statistics 2: Structural Equation Modelling and Multilevel Analysis 7.5 EC
  • Research Practical 2: Social Network Analysis 7.5 EC

Second year


  • Electives and Research Experience 22.5 EC
  • Research Seminar 1: Building a Theory 7.5 EC
  • Master’s Thesis: a Publishable Article 22.5 EC
  • Research Seminar 2: Analysing, Reporting and Discussing your Findings 7.5 EC

Year 1

You will spend a substantial part of your first year taking compulsory courses, studying relevant theories and methods and how to integrate them. The two Methodology and Statistics (M&S) courses are based on learning by doing: you will use advanced methods and statistical techniques, while taking the guidelines of academic integrity into account. 

The two research practicals will give you the opportunity to apply what you learned in the courses. You will perform empirical research addressing a theory-driven research question. You will be integrating methodological and theoretical knowledge acquired in the programme.

Year 2

In the second year, your MSc thesis is the central part of your curriculum. You can choose electives, to gain more in-depth knowledge of issues related to your thesis. You can also choose to do an internship, to gain relevant research and/or labour market experience. In the two research seminars you will present your results and discuss them with your fellow students and lecturers.

Master’s thesis

You will write your master’s thesis under individual supervision by a SaSR-lecturer. The master’s thesis will have the shape of a scientific article, which may be published in an international journal. A very sizeable number of our students’ theses are published, for instance in renowned journals like Social Forces, Social Networks, Journal of Marriage, and Family and European Union Politics.

Titles of Sociology and Social Research theses 2019:

  • Bridges that Bind Others: A Study on the Resources and Network Positions of International Non-Governmental Organizations
  • Intrinsic or Instrumental? Understanding the Contextual Effects on Public Democratic Support in Taiwan
  • Better No Deal Than a Bad Deal
  • The Influence of Collectivistic Culture on Work-Life Balance: A Cross-National Study
  • Homophily and The Spread of Misinformation Online
  • Double Click: Cultural Capital and Educational Performance in the Digital Age from Two Perspectives
  • News Coverage and Anti-Immigrant Sentiment Online: An Analysis of Italian Tweets
  • The Motherhood Wage Gap and Trade-offs between Family and Work: A Test of Compensating Wage Differentials

Theses titels from previous years:

  • Compensatory Disadvantage in Secondary Education: Immigrant Children and the Relative Age Effect
  • Like My Mother Before Me: The Effect of Mother’s Position on her Children’s Status Attainment in the 19th Century and Early 20th Century
  • Joint Lifestyles and the Risk of Union Dissolution: Gaining Deeper Insight into the Differences between Marriage and Cohabitation
  • Residential Burglary Target Selection: An Analysis at the Property-Level
  • Economic Conditions and Postmaterialist Values: A Multilevel Analysis in 103 Countries
  • He Said, She Said: Parental Perceived Fairness of Time Allocation and Relationship Satisfaction

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