The graduate programme “Sociology” exists since winter 2009/2010 and belongs to the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences. It is a consecutive, full-time course programme with a standard period of study of 4 semesters. Students majoring in the subject require 120 credit points for completion, and those taking it as an unrestricted minor subject 20.

The graduate programme in sociology offers rigorous training in sociological knowledge and research methods at an advanced level. The teaching focuses the theoretically and methodologically grounded analysis of social institutions (state, market, and civil society), social inequality and social change. We encourage our students to engage with scientific work by providing project-based research seminars and classes. In addition to the mandatory classes on theory and methods, specialization in a particular sub field of sociology is possible. The Max-Weber-Institute thus provides the possibility of acquiring a special certification for competence building in the field of “Organization Sociology and/or Personnel Development” (§ 21 of the “Prüfungsordnung”).

We prepare students to embark on successful professional careers in different fields, often with managerial or research responsibility. While some students chose to carry on their studies with a PhD, most pursue careers in the public administration, market and opinion research, personnel development, consulting or journalism.

International applicants must apply via the International Relations Office ( by 15 June (

Please address any questions about application and admission procedures directly to the relevant department of the central university administration.

Serviceportal for Students

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Room 35, Seminarstr. 2, D-69117 Heidelberg, Map

Tel. +49 6221 54-5454
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