Sociology: Practical Research and Research Practice (M.A.)

The most important facts at a glance:


Master of Arts (M.A.)

Standard period of studies:

4 semesters


Winter and summer semester

Admission restrictions:



You find information on the application procedure for international students here.

Applicants with foreign certificates: Language of instruction: German
Required language certificate: DSH-2

Winter semester: April 1 - May 15

Summer semester: October 1 - November 15

Required Bachelor's degree:

Sociology (B.A.)


Department of Sociology


Faculty 02: Social Sciences, Media and Sports


The accreditation of study programmes for Bachelor and Master Degrees constitutes as a precondition for the granting of state approval.

Subject Matter

The Master's program in "Sociology: Practical Research and Research Practice" at the University of Mainz leads to another professional degree for graduates with a Bachelor's in Sociology or an equivalent course of study. It offers students a scientifically oriented course with a strong theoretical and methodological focus, in which they become familiar with the latest theoretical discussions, the development of methods, and empirical knowledge in sociology by completing practical research assignments. From a didactic point of view, project-oriented work and learning is emphasized. Here, qualitative, exploratory methods and/or methods for quantitative, standardized sociological research are used for research purposes. The option for students to either choose an advanced program oriented toward qualitative or quantitative statistical methods is a special feature of this course of study. The course is characterized by a high degree of self-organization and initiative: Lectures only take place in the introductory module; otherwise, students learn in seminars, workshops, tutorials, supertutorials, colloquia and self-learning groups.

Master entrance requirements

Proof of a Bachelor's degree or an equivalent final degree from a university in Germany or abroad. Of this, a minimum of 60 credit points must be in Sociology. If the bachelor's degree has not yet been completed by the time of application, the applicant must provide proof of two third of the required subject-specific credit points by the end of the application deadline.

It is assumed that students have sufficient active and passive knowledge of the English language to read specialist literature in English and participate in courses taught in English; this does not include submitting written course work and writing examinations in the English language. Proof is not required.

Proof of proficiency in the German language to the level of the "German Language Proficiency Examination for Admission to Higher Education for Foreign Applicants (DSH)" is required for applicants, who either did not obtain their university entrance qualification at a German institution or whose degree was not from a degree program taught in German.


The International Office offers counselling for international students about the application process and general information.

The Academic Advisory Office offers specific information on the subject (List available in German only).

The Student representatives give information from a student perspective (List available in German only).