Linköping University

Computational Social Science, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • English
    Language
How do ideas spread? How do cities become segregated? The programme prepares you to harness complex data and advanced computational tools to address these and other important social questions. This Computational Social Science programme is offered by Linköping University.

About

Using statistical and computational methods to understand society and human behaviour

The increasing integration of technology into our lives has created unprecedented volumes of data on everyday social behaviour. Troves of detailed social data related to choices, affiliations, preferences and interests are now digitally archived by internet service providers, media companies, other private-sector firms, and governments. New computational approaches based on machine learning, agent-based modelling, natural language processing, and network science have made it possible to analyse these data in ways  previously unimaginable.

This is a chance to develop skills in computational techniques alongside a strong grounding in the principles and practice of contemporary social research. The programme’s quantitative methods training will help you harness complex data and use them to explore social theories and fundamental questions about  societies. 

This Computational Social Science programme is offered by Linköping University. The programme’s theoretical and substantive training will introduce you to the principles of social inquiry and theories of human behaviour, and help you apply your technical skills to pressing social issues such as ethnic segregation in schools, income inequality, entrepreneurship, political change, and cultural diffusion.

Career opportunities

The dual skills you develop in social theory and data analysis are in high demand in public and private sectors. Graduates will be qualified for a number of roles: data analyst, marketing analyst, sales researcher, user experience researcher, policy analyst, etc. After graduation, you will also qualify for many PhD programmes.

Programme Structure

Courses Included
  • Logic of Social Inquiry 
  • Behavioural Mechanisms in the Social Sciences
  • Statistics and Data Science I
  • Statistics and Data Science II 
  • Discrete Choice Modelling 
  • Agent-Based Modelling
  • Social Network Analysis
  • Digital Strategies for Social Science Research
  • Inequality and Segregation: Theory and Measurement
  • Organizations: Theory and Research
  • Culture: Theory and Research
  • Big Data: Social Processes and Ethics
  • Studies Abroad
  • Master’s Thesis 

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.

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  • 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. To meet the entry requirements for master's level studies, you must have been awarded a bachelor's degree (equivalent to a Swedish kandidatexamen) from an internationally recognised university.
    • English corresponding to the level of English in Swedish upper secondary education (English 6/B). This is normally attested by means of an internationally recognised test.

    Tuition Fee

    • International Applies to you

      9488.5 EUR/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 18977 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
    • EU/EEA Applies to you

      Free
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 0 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
    We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
    190,000 SEK

    Funding

    Check the programme website for information about funding options.

    StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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    Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, StudyPortals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.