This master programme (laurea magistrale) prepares students to become professional social science researchers, who are able to reflect on and analyse society and social problems, design, conduct and manage social research, communicate with a wider public and make a valid contribution to contemporary social debates.
Working as a social scientist requires advanced knowledge in the main fields of sociological theory and methods and techniques needed to carry out research in on the social world. The course provides students with the tools needed to investigate societal issues in contemporary society, and enables to achieve a comprehensive understanding of social processes and social phenomena.
The programme is organized in 2 intensive years and integrate methods training with substantive research topics of social and sociological relevance, providing:
- insight into contemporary social issues through courses on substantive issues, various opportunities of specialization (elective courses, internship, own research experience, seminars)
- in-depth methodological training through practical experience applying theoretical and methodological knowledge (lab sessions, collaboration in small groups, individual research)
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The master has a strong international orientation. Courses are taught in English, we have an international composition of teachers and students, and students are provided the opportunity to spend study periods abroad in European and non-European countries.
We have double degree agreements with the prestigious universities of Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain), Tilburg (the Netherlands), Bamberg (Germany), Higher School of Economics National Research University St. Petersburg (Russia), as well as a double degree with the university of Karls-Franzens-Universität Graz (Austria), in the framework of the Cultural Sociology Degree.
Who is this for? The MA programme is aimed at students who:
- want to make a difference in society by pursuing a career in a private or public research institute, providing well-informed and scientifically rigorous advice;
- are interesting in doing a PhD (and potentially pursue an academic career).
For those interested in a PhD, the advanced training will offer an excellent preparation for starting their doctoral research
Graduates typically would work for public or private sector research institutions, in public administration, tertiary sector or international agencies, covering positions dealing with social analysis, social reporting, policy analysis and advise, project management, communication and knowledge management, human resource management, and many more. About 25% proceed to a PhD or similar programme.