Master Programme in Sociology, 120 Higher Education Credits

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Master Programme in Sociology, 120 Higher Education Credits, 120 Credits

General data

  • Code: SSOAA
  • Cycle: Second cycle
  • Ref no: Miun 2006/1874
  • Credits: 120
  • Answerable department: Department of Social Sciences
  • Answerable faculty: Faculty of Human Sciences
  • Latest review: 3/11/2008
  • Version valid from: 8/15/2008


The objective of the Master Programme in Sociology is to give students deeper knowledge in sociology, and ability to apply the knowledge in independent scientific writing.

Programme objectives

Knowledge and understanding:
To earn the degree of Master in Sociology, the student should
- show knowledge and understanding of sociology, including overview and broad knowledge of the subject area as well as deeper knowledge of certain parts of the area, and insights in contemporary research, and
- show deeper knowledge of sociological research methods.

Abilities and skills:
To earn the degree of Master in Sociology, the student should
- be able to integrate knowledge critically and systematically, and analyse, evaluate, and manage complex phenomena and situations, even if information is limited,
- be able to independently, critically and creatively identify and formulate sociological research questions, to plan and implement qualified tasks within given time limits and with appropriate methods, thereby contributing to the development of knowledge, and to evaluate this work,
- be able to give a clear account, internationally as well as nationally, in written as well as oral form, of his/her own conclusions, and to discuss these in dialogue with different groups, and
- show the skills required to participate in sociological research and development, or to work with other qualified tasks.

Making judgments:
To earn the degree of Master in Sociology, the student should
- be able to make judgements, within the area of sociology, according to relevant scientific, social and ethical aspects, of research and development
- show insights of the scientific potential as well as limitations of sociology, its role in society and people’s responsibility for how it is used, and
- be able to identify his/her need for more sociological knowledge, and to take responsibility for his/her knowledge development.


The first semester starts with an introduction to advanced studies in the social sciences, and consists, apart from that, of organizational analysis, risk management and risk communication, and scientific methods.

The second semester consists of sociological theory, and leadership and entrepreneurship.

The third semester begins with theory of social sciences, and consists, apart from that, sociological theory, scientific method, and an optional course.

The fourth semester consists of sociological specialization.

The first as well as the second year of the programme is completed with a written thesis (15 higher education credits ). Alternatively, the first year’s thesis can be replaced by a more encompassing thesis (30 higher education credits ), which completes the second year.

Entry requirements

Degree of Bachelor with a major in Sociology.

Description of programme

The Master Programme in Sociology at Mid Sweden University consists, apart from the main subject, of an introduction to advanced studies in the social sciences, and optional courses in other subjects at the department. The first year of the programme is focused on entrepreneurship, organizational theory, and risk management and risk communication. The second year has a more general sociological character, where the student, within the existing supply of courses, is free to choose an area of specialisation.

Selection rules and procedures

The selection process is in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance and the local order of admission.

Programme with restricted admissions

According to curriculum.

According to curriculum.

Title of qualification

Degree of Master of Arts/Science (120 credits)

Degree of Master (Two Years) with a major in Sociology

Other information

The programme is given in English.

The page was updated 9/2/2014