Sociology of Education, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
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    Tuition (Full programme)
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Education, and the way students should be educated, is a heavily debated and political subject. The Master Programme in Sociology of Education focuses on the analysis of what education really is and what functions it fulfils. As a student in the programme, you will acquire the means to make independent and advanced analyses of education as a social phenomenon, shaped by historical, cultural and economic conditions. It will prepare you for a career in research or the area of education administration.
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  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


In the Master’s programme in Sociology of Education at Uppsala University, education – in the broad sense of the word – is explored as a social phenomenon. It is related to the overall social structure and to social transformations, such as processes of globalisation, individualisation, marketisation and privatisation. A focal point is the encounter between the symbolic or material assets held by pupils and school teachers or students and professors, as well as their embodied dispositions and beliefs, and the prevailing social and cultural order in the educational system.

Other important areas of study are the rise and transformation of educational systems, the history of and competition between educational institutions, the significance of education for the class structure and the relation that education upholds with cultural, economic or political fields. As a discipline Sociology of Education is based on more general traditions in social and historical sciences.


In contemporary society, education assumes a key role and is also crucial for how countries cope with global competition. During the last half century, education systems have expanded dramatically and more people than ever are engaged in some kind of educational training. This expansion, along with decentralisation and deregulation in terms of governance, have made the landscape of education programmes and institutions increasingly complex, both at national and international levels. As a consequence, there is a demand for well-informed, analytically advanced knowledge of education, both within the education system itself and in organisations and knowledge-oriented companies.

The Master Programme in Sociology of Education prepares you for a professional career where such knowledge is particularly important. The programme opens the door to the PhD programme in Sociology of Education and to future positions in academia as a teacher or researcher, as well as to professions related to planning, design, organisation, administration and evaluation of education.


The programme leads to a Master of Arts (120 credits) with Sociology of Education as the main field of study. After one year of study it is also possible to obtain a Master of Arts (60 credits).

Programme Structure

The programme comprises four core courses in Sociology of Education equivalent to 30 credits. While two core courses address theoretical and methodological traditions relevant to sociology of education, the other two include a historically oriented course on the rise and development on educational systems and another course focusing on their current transformations.

In addition, four more specialised courses in Sociology of Education are offered yearly and may be included in the studies leading to a Master’s degree according to your study orientation. These courses vary between years, since their content is connected to ongoing research and to visits by international researchers in the area.

You are also encouraged to take courses at advanced level relevant to Sociology of Education that are provided by other disciplines at Uppsala University or other universities in Sweden or abroad. In relation to the Master’s thesis work, courses and fieldwork can be carried out abroad, in particular at universities and research environments with which close collaboration is upheld.

For a Master's degree, at least 60 credits in Sociology of Education is required, including your 30 credits Master's thesis.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: August 28, 2017
  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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Academic Requirements

For Master's level studies, applicants must have a Bachelor's degree from an internationally recognised university. Applicants who have not been awarded a Bachelor's degree but are in their final year of studies may be conditionally admitted.

Applicants must also demonstrate proficiency in English, and this is usually done through an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL, IELTS or equivalent.

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Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

  • EUR 21086 International
  • Free EU/EEA
Application Fee: SEK 900
Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 50000
Tuition fee, total: SEK 200000


Uppsala University provides several different scholarships for students. The scholarships cover exclusively the tuition fees for courses within the programme, i e 30 credits per semester.

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