Sociology (Master)

The master’s programme in Sociology particularly emphasises the responsibility of research towards society, especially regarding the respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, freedom of science and teaching, freedom of learning, the diversity of different types of academic doctrines and methods, as well as the connection of research and practice. The master’s programme promotes equal treatment of people of all types of sexual orientation, religious, social and ethnic origin, as well as the integration of people with special needs. Moreover, it aims to raise awareness for issues of gender balance.

Master of Arts

Degree Programme Code: 066 905

4 semesters / 120 ECTS credits

Language: German

NO entrance examination



Instruction Language German

Please note that the instruction language of this programme is German. To start the degree programme, you need to hold a certificate of German proficiency on C1 level.

Study Programme

It consists of modules on the following subject areas: Compulsory modules on sociological theories – comparison, application and development; applied methods and research strategies; research specialisation – introduction and overview; research specialisation; master’s thesis seminars; a sociological specialisation (theories, methods and research specialisation); modules on project management, communication and academic research and writing. In addition, students have to complete a master’s thesis and pass a master’s examination.

Five Concepts

which you will deal with during your studies (examples):

  • Gender balance
  • Models of society
  • Plurality of methods
  • Network analysis
  • Development of theoretical concepts

 Overview of the programme structure & topics

Here you find the current offer of courses for this programme to gain better insight into the topics and structure. For more information please click on the respective level.

After Graduation

Graduates can pursue a career in the following occupational fields:

  • (continuing) education
  • public administration
  • advocacy groups, associations and political parties
  • media and culture
  • business enterprises
  • institutions of the welfare state
  • national and international non-governmental organisations.

Graduates' Perspective on the Degree Programme

Graduate Survey

The University asks graduates to provide their opinion about the degree programme immediately after graduating. The survey results show how graduates evaluate the degree programme they completed from a subject-specific and organisational perspective.


The graduate survey is an important feedback tool for continuously improving the quality of studies.

Career Tracking of Graduates

The tracking of graduates provides information about the career paths of the University of Vienna graduates and aims at providing guidance for career entry after graduation (e.g. questions about the duration of job search until first employment after graduation, salary development and sectors that graduates are active in).