Master of Arts in Sociology

The main idea which drives sociology studies at Goethe University Frankfurt is the teaching of social science thinking and research in their entire breadth both on the basis of theoretical considerations as well as empirical investigation. In the tradition of social sciences in Frankfurt, students should acquire the skills during the course of their M.A. in Sociology to work independently and in accordance with scientific principles and to apply scientific methods and insights to questions relevant to society. The consecutive and research-based Masters programme in Sociology thus teaches deeper knowledge of social theories and methods, as well as skills which allow students to use research results and research methods independently and in accordance with the principles of good scientific practice, in order to develop their own questions and follow them up in the framework of sound and practice-oriented research work.

Special features

The Institute of Sociology at Goethe University Frankfurt is one of the largest institutions for social science education and research in the German university landscape. It builds on the tradition of critical theory of the “Frankfurt School”. Over 20 professors and their teams are engaged at the Institute of Sociology in teaching and research on topics from the entire spectrum of social science research. Foci include sociological theories, empirical methods, social stratification and social inequality, family and education, social psychology and culture, gender, migration and diversity, economics, work and organization, knowledge, technology, and environment.

The Masters programme in Sociology offers a wide range of options. Students select three from eight possible compulsory elective modules and can also choose freely specific courses within these modules.

In addition to the compulsory elective modules, all students attend the introductory module on “Sociological Theory, History of Sociology and Theory of Science” and work on two practical research projects, in which they deepen their methodological skills and compile their own empirical research papers. The practical research projects can be used to prepare the Masters dissertation.


At a glance

 Programme duration: 4 semesters (2 academic years)
Programme start:  Winter semester only
Restricted admission:    Yes
Amount: 120 credit points (CPs)
Number of modules: 5 compulsory modules, 3 compulsory elective modules
Type of module examinations: Coursework
Written test
Project work or empirical research work
Oral examination
Language(s) of instruction:  German, English