Institute of Sociology

Master of Sociology with a Focus on Empirical Research



The master's program offers an excellent research-oriented further qualification in sociology.

Studying for a Master's degree in Sociology with a Focus on Empirical Research in Tübingen means:

  • Practical research competence through application-oriented teaching research
  • Consolidation of quantitative and qualitative methods of empirical research
  • Specialization in the research areas of the institute
  • Personal mentoring during the course of studies from the first semester onwards
  • Excellent supervision in small working groups

The specialization in terms of content is based on the main research areas of the Institute:

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

Course of Studies

The four-semester Master's program is divided into a basic module on sociological theories and methods (M1) in accordance with the qualification objectives. This module serves to align heterogeneous entry qualifications of students from different Sociology Bachelor's programs, but at the same time aims to tie in with more recent sociological theories and current theory discourses and to further develop the students' competence in reception and argumentation. The basic methodical principles are taken up in the module "Special Methods and Research Styles" (M2) and selectively or exemplarily deepened. Here students have the opportunity to either specialize in a methodical focus (quantitative or qualitative procedures) or to acquire a rather broad-based methodical competence. The core of the Master's program is an empirical teaching research project (M3) lasting three semesters, in which students work in a team on a research topic, specify it and work on it with available methods in a guided manner, and present the results in the form of a final report. In addition, students choose a module in the compulsory elective area to focus on one of the three research areas represented at the institute (M4.1-M4.3). In the subsequent field of study "Special Sociological Research Interests" (M5.1-M5.2), students have the opportunity to further deepen the theoretical and empirical aspects of their chosen area of specialization or to become acquainted with the theoretical and empirical perspectives of other areas of specialization in order to gain a broader professional qualification. An interdisciplinary study area (M6) as well as an examination module with Master's thesis, colloquium and oral Master's examination (M7) round off the study programme. A total of 120 ECTS are to be acquired.


You can find all important information about the application on the

Website for Prospective Students