Uppsala University

Sociology of Education, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • Tuition Fee
    10405 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
    Free
    Tuition fee
  • English
    Language
Education, and the way students should be educated, is a heavily debated and political subject. The Master Programme in Sociology of Education at Uppsala University focuses on the analysis of what education really is and what functions it fulfils. 

About

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.

Career

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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Sociology of Education, Traditions
  • Sociology of Education, Methods
  • Current Transformations of Educational Systems
  • The History of Educational Systems
  • Master's Thesis in Sociology of Education
  • Geometric Data Analysis
  • Histories of Modern Societies: Contextualizing Education, 1800–2000
  • Nordic Fields of Higher Education
  • Pierre Bourdieu's Sociology of Education
  • Sociology of Power, Elites and Elite Education
  • Transnational Educational Strategies

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    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.

  • Minimum required score:

    575

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:

    90

    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

  • A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university.
  • Also required is 90 credits in the humanities or social sciences.

Selection: Students are selected based on:

  • a total appraisal of quantity and quality of previous university studies;
  • the relevance of previous studies;
  • the quality of the Bachelor's thesis or equivalent essay (c. 8000 words); and
  • a statement of purpose.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    10405 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 20810 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Free
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • Application Fee: SEK 900
  • Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 50000
  • Tuition fee, total: SEK 200000

Living costs for Uppsala

6,573 - 6,670 /month
Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding


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