The programme meets an increasing demand in public authorities and firms for skills in research design, measurement, data collection, and data analysis. We welcome students who want to attain an advanced knowledge of quantitative social research methods, and how these can be used to address problems where the empirical analysis of data is a crucial component. The language of instruction is English.


Master’s programmes at Department of Sociology will only have one admission round for all applicants. This means that if you want to apply to one of our Master´s programmes starting autumn 2021, the application deadline is January 15, 2021.

When applying to our master's programmes, it is required that you also submit a motivation letter including your research ideas. You must use this web form to create your motivation letter.

Once completed you will receive an e-mail with a pdf to upload with your application at / If you do not upload your motivation letter it will not be assessed. The last day to upload the motivation letter is 1 February 2021.

Any questions related to this can be directed to

More information and application in Stockholm University´s course catalogue

Please observe, students from countries outside the EU/EEA and Switzerland are required to pay both an application fee and a tuition fee.
Link to information on fees and scholarships.

Entry requirements

Bachelor's degree in Social Sciences. 60 ECTS credits in Sociology. English B/English 6 or equivalent.

To be eligible for the Master's Programme in Applied Social Research the applicant must hold an undergraduate degree (BA/BSc) of at least 3 years (180 ECTS credit points) in Social Sciences recognized by UNESCO and/or an official accrediting body of your home country. The degree must be completed before admission can be made and must contain at least 60 credits worth of Sociology courses, equivalent to one year of fulltime studies in Sociology or one third of the degree credits. Beside this you must meet the language requirement in order to be considered for admission. Since all educational activities are carried out in English you need to have considerable skills in speaking as well as in writing in English. For information about different ways of meeting the language requirement English B/English 6 please see

Assessment of merits

In ranking the applicants for programmes at the Department of Sociology, three components are used to assess the merits of applicants. Please find more information here.

Programme structure

First semester

Introduction 7.5 credits
Measurement techniques and Demographic Methods 7.5 credits
Systematic Reviews 7.5 credits
Social Network Analysis 7.5 credits

Second semester

Modern sociological Theory 7.5 credits - halftime periods 1 and 2
Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences 2, 7.5 credits - halftime periods 3 and 4
Elective courses - 15 credits

Third semester

Elective courses 22,5 credits
Research methods 7.5 credits - halftime periods 3 and 4

Fourth semester

Master´s Thesis in Sociology 30 credits

Course programme with links to course details and schedules