Institute of Sociology

Master’s in Sociology with a Specialization in Empirical Social Research

Starting in the winter semester 2018/19, the four-semester Master’s program in Sociology with a Specialization in Empirical Social Research was re-accredited at the Department of Sociology. With a slightly different profile in the Master’s degree, the department has reacted to the comprehensive personnel changes in the chairs in recent years and developed this Master’s program with a strong empirical research focus based on the profiles of the department’s key members. Especially the theoretical aspect has been strengthened. In addition, a possibility to study abroad during the Master’s program was integrated.

The Master’s program offers an outstanding, research-oriented further qualification
in the subject of Sociology.

Studying the Master’s in Sociology with a Specialization in Empirical Social Research in Tübingen means: 

  • Practical research competence with applied research in teaching
  • Deepening knowledge of quantitative and qualitative methods of empirical social research
  • Specialization in one of the department’s research areas
  • Personal mentoring starting in the first semester
  • Excellent supervision in small working groups

The specialization is based on the department's research areas:

  • Gender – Bodies– Knowledge
  • Social Inequality and Institutions
  • Migration, Education and Life Course

Overview of sociology courses in the summer semester 2019.


The Master's degree is a program based on the Bachelor’s program in Sociology and is set up with a four-semester regular duration of study. In total, in the modules M1-M7 120 credit points are obtained in the major and semi-elective subjects (108/12). The Master's program starts in the winter semester.

Module Overview and Recommended Course Plan

Modul M6: Sociology in the Mirror of other Subjects or other Scientific Cultures

Besides the courses in the Sociology major,  in the Master’s program 12 of 120 ECTS credits must be obtained in courses in the semi-elective module "Sociology in the Mirror of Other Subjects or other Scientific Cultures" (module M6). Students can choose courses from other disciplines (e.g. from the minor subjects approved for the bachelor's program).

Furthermore, courses from sociology and other disciplines as well as language skills achieved abroad can be recognised.