Cultural Sociology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
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The path which starts in the heart leads to new horizons. When choosing the Master of Social Science in Cultural Sociology at University of Southern Denmark you obtain a thorough theoretical and empirical insight into how societal development and social transformation processes are influenced by various socio-cultural factors.


The focus of this profile is on classical themes within the cultural sociology fields of research. During the master programme you will explore how social transformation processes are shaped by elements of society such as the perception of the body, health, gender issues, family relations, nature understanding, identity building time and space, cultures and countercultures.

You should choose this master programme if you have an interest in the relations between society and people and in the cultural encounters that emerge every time people meet across age, professions, nationality, gender, health and religion.

Aim of the programme

The overall aim of the master programme is to specialize the students’ theoretical and methodological competencies within the cultural sociological field of research in order to support a career as project manager and facilitator of transformation processes; as relation manager and bridge-builder in (inter-organizational) partnerships. The graduate has a deep insight into social transformation processes as well as analytical and process-related skills. This enables the graduate to manage changes at a micro-level – both formally and informally – in complex and knowledge-based organization within a social context.

Specific competencies

The Master of Social Sciences in Cultural Sociology provide students with:

  • advanced knowledge about classical and contemporary theoretical approaches to the understanding and analysis of individuals, groups and processes as tools for social change including how scientific research can influence the process of change
  • insight into the structuring and management of cultural encounters, forms of cooperation, scientific research and innovation processes in network societies in order to support learning, cultural integration and exchange, social development and change
  • skills in undertaking complex analyses of individuals and their social behavior and sense of belonging with society with specific focus on identifying needs, requests and expectations towards services and welfare
  • skills of project- and process management as well as insight into evaluation practice related to analysis and innovation processes in complex, knowledge-based organizations
  • competencies in participating and engaging socio-cultural analysis, communication and mediation as a way to develop and support transformation processes through cultural sociological knowledge and based on the professional skills of the consultant in preparing project designs
  • competencies in relation management with specific focus on handling formal and informal leadership in social innovation projects by translating the social and cultural knowledge about individuals, relations, communities and partnerships based on analytical, communicative and process-related skills
Career Opportunities

The masterprogramme MSc Cultural Sociology from University of Southern Denmark provides you with analytical, process-related competencies that support a career in companies, organizations and associations that have to cope with change related to the development of new structures or improvement of relations between the society and its citizens, institutions and interest groups.

Programme Structure

The programme entails a range of thematic areas based on different sociological approaches to the description, understanding and interpretation of the various structures, systems, cultures and groups of society. The aim is to provide students with a holistic understanding of the development of the modern state.

The thematic areas frame the lessons at each semester in terms of an integrated package of theoretical courses, methodological courses and exams including The Cultural Sociology Project, all which encourage the interdisciplinary approach that characterizes the MSc Cultural Sociology programme.

First semester focuses on socio-cultural prespectives on body and gender issues, including modern family relations, health perceptions, the place of gender in different societal contexts as well as the idealized body and its consequences.

Second semester includes a space, time and identity perspective focusing on mobility, negotiations of identity, urban space, nature, rural-urban relations and physical changes as a mean for social processes.

Third semester investigates the role of cultures and countercultures in social transformation processes, including learning and innovation; societal and organizational development; diffusion of norms; as well as social exclusion and harassment.

During the fourth semester, the thesis will be written which has to be about a cultural sociological issue linked to social transformation processes.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

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    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

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    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

To apply for the Master's programme in Cultural Sociology, you need a relevant Bachelor's degree. You can apply if you hold one of the following degrees:
  • BSc in Sociology and Cultural Analysis
  • BSc in Market and Management Anthropology
  • BSc in Sociology
  • BSc Anthropology
  • BSc in Social Science
  • BSc in Political Science
  • BSc Ethnology
  • BSc in Global Studies
  • BA in Working Life Studies

You can also apply if you hold another bachelor's or professional bachelor's degree. Once you have applied, the study board will determine whether your degree fulfills the entry requirements. If your degree does not fulfill the requirements, the study board will decide whether you can follow one or more supplementary courses.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 8500 International
  • Free EU/EEA
  • Only students with a non-EU/EEA-citizenship or non-Swiss-citizenship have to pay tuition fees


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