Sociology

General information

The Master’s degree programme in Sociology offers a rigorous course of instruction that will prepare you to investigate and understand the complexities of contemporary societies. The curriculum includes courses in classical and contemporary sociological theory, practical training in quantitative and qualitative research methods, and cultivation of your critical thinking and writing skills. The programme has been carefully designed to offer you a rich and complete sociological education, while simultaneously offering flexibility and opportunities for you to follow your personal interests.

The programme offers intensive instruction in a smaller number of challenging courses with high credit values, rather than extensive instruction in a high number of less demanding courses. This model of teaching is used at top international universities and it also helps you to become flexible and to transition smoothly to doctoral degree programmes if you decide to continue your studies. Our curriculum focuses on independent study combined with consultations with experienced lecturers, which enables you to develop skills needed for autonomous, thorough, and creative problem-solving. Methods that help you solve problems and complete tasks are given priority over broad factual knowledge in sociology, which can quickly become obsolete, is too extensive to be mastered in a two-year course of studies, and is usually easily available in digital databases and other types of information sources. Skilled use of such databases (e.g. being able to determine the relevance or reliability of data and information) is one of the skills that you learn during your Master’s studies.

A successful graduate is able to

  • Understand the mechanisms behind the functioning of social systems and how these systems reproduce, how they are controlled, what rules they follow, which types of actors are formed/required by these systems, and what helps and disturbs social cohesion.
  • Understand how people see social reality and how their perception of this reality influences their behaviour.
  • Identify and use various types of social information for analysis, including statistical data, written and visual records, own observation, etc., and identify basic values and patterns of social behaviour.
  • Identify specific social characteristics of different social environments and groups (based on ethnicity, religion, class, generation, nationality, etc.) and analyse them using sociological tools.
  • Analyse specific social situations (value crises, social disintegration or conflict, important points and stages of individual, social, or organizational development and relate them to a wider institutional or cultural context.
  • Identify the nature, social causes, and consequences of specific processes or problems (including migration, urbanization, social exclusion, lifestyle changes, corruption, asymmetrical communication, authoritarianism, education, and media).
  • Consider and suggest solutions to specific problems, including the (unintended) consequences of various solutions to social problems and possible reactions of individual social actors or institutions.
  • Understand the tools used for statistical processing of data, estimate the predictive value of collected data, and take advantage of the possibilities offered by programs for computer processing of statistical data (such as SPSS or STATA).

Graduate employment

A degree in sociology prepares you for further post-graduate study or for a professional career in fields ranging from state administration, marketing, and business to education, journalism, and the non-governmental sector. Our graduates often find employment in social and land development (at private companies, local authorities, labour offices, etc.) and in market and public opinion research agencies.

Faculty Faculty of Social Studies
Type of study follow-up master's
Mode full-time
Standard length of studies 2 years
Language of instruction czech, english

Field of study combinations

Field combinations with Sociology


This field of study is only offered in single-subject study mode

Admission Requirements

The entrance exam has 2 rounds. The first one consists of submitting application pack: 1) motivation letter and 2) CV (structured) by 30 April 2019. On the basis of preliminary evaluation, some candidates can be recommended for admission: results are visible in the online application form. 2nd round consists of a written test based on the recommended literature.

Recommended literature

  • Harrington, A. (ed.) 2006. Moderní sociální teorie: základní témata a myšlenkové proudy. Praha: Portál (důkladná znalost)
  • Disman, M. 1993. Jak se vyrábí sociologická znalost. Praha: Karolinum. (důkladná znalost)
  • Keller, J. 2004. Dějiny klasické sociologie. Praha: SLON
  • Babbie, E. 1986. The Practice of Social Research. Belmont: Wadsworth (nebo např. Fowler, F. J. 1995. Survey Research Methods. Newbury Park: SAGE; případně jiná, ekvivalentní publikace o sociálněvědní metodologii)

Evaluation criteria

Maximum of points gained in entrance interviews - 100.

Additional information

http://gps.fss.muni.cz/en/sociology

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