Cultural Sociology

2 Jahre

A bachelor of science in Sociology and Cultural Analysis, or a similar background. Depending on the level of expertise in the areas of sociology and anthropology, some students may be required to complete supplementary courses.


Application deadlines: The application deadline for study start September 1st is:
  • February 1st for Non-EU/EEA citizens
  • March 1st for EU/EEA and Swiss citizens and all citizens with residence permit in Denmark
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About the MSc in Cultural Sociology

Cultural Sociology: The path which starts in the heart leads to new horizons

The Master’s Program in Cultural Sociology will provide you with a broad theoretical and empirical insight into a variety of topics while at the same time give you the opportunity to specialize in an area of research of your own particular interest.

As a master’s student in cultural sociology you will gain a deep understanding of how social transformation processes on both state, institutional and community level come into being through various social and cultural influences.

The master’s program covers classical and contemporary themes, theories and methods within the cultural sociological research tradition. For instance, you will get a thorough introduction to both statistical tools and to a variety of advanced qualitative methods for collecting and analyzing empirical data. Furthermore, the program introduces the students to recent developments within sociological theory. Last, but not least, the program includes various thematic courses. Some are of a “hands-on” character, such as courses in project management and advanced evaluation methods. Other courses focus on themes such as: Contemporary subcultures, countercultures and social movements; the role of cultural values in economic practices; networks and social capital; processes of social identity formation as they unfold in both small tightly knit groups, in larger multi-ethnic communities and through online-sociality; changing perceptions of the body, new gender roles and family patterns; new health cultures; the role of emotions and the senses in social life; rural-urban relations; globalization, migration and racism; democracy, state-citizen relations and civil society.

Part of the master program is dedicated to the experience of being an intern. Hence students will have the opportunity to do an internship in a public organization, a private enterprise or an NGO in Denmark or elsewhere in the world.

The two tracks: “Social Transformation Processes” and “Rural Sociology”

Career Opportunities

The MSc in Cultural Sociology provides you with analytical, process-related competencies that support a career in companies, organizations and associations that have to cope with change related to the development of new structures or improvement of relations between the society and its citizens, institutions and interest groups.

Both in the public and private sector there is a growing need for employees who can work directly with transformation processes on a micro-level. With the Master of Social Sciences in Cultural Sociology you are able to work innovatively and focused with social changes, and you have the necessary understanding for management and social engagement.

Language requirements

A good standard of English is required as the MSc in Cultural Sociology is an international program taught completely in English. A minimum IELTS score of 6.5, a TOEFL score of 88 or a minimum CAE score of C is required.

If you as an EU/EEA citizen can document this level of English by way of secondary school diploma, you may be exempted from the English language test (minimum 210 full hours of English language classes at high school level is required). For German applicants, it will often be sufficient to submit a copy of the upper secondary diploma.

The University of Southern Denmark has access to the IELTS Verification Service; therefore, we accept the IELTS test results/score in copy. TOEFL is only accepted in original sent directly from the test centre or the educational testing service (ETS) before registration deadline.

Programme structure

The MSc Cultural Sociology covers a range of thematic areas and introduces the student to variety sociological approaches to the description, understanding and interpretation of different social and cultural phenomena. For instance, we study how social and cultural identities are shaped by political structures and discourses, social systems, geographical and infrastructural conditions and by economic and religious forces.

The overall aim is to provide students with theoretical and methodological tools to understand culture, social relations and meaning production in local and global communities and thus enable them to independently investigate and analyze processes of social and cultural transformations.

Besides classical and contemporary sociological theories and quantitative/statistical and advanced qualitative methods for collecting and analyzing empirical data, we study: How and why cultural identities and relations are changing and shaped by migration and other transnational flows, and how changes in popular culture and social formations are influenced by social media; The relation between gender issues and new body cultural phenomena; We critically analyze how cultural values shape economic practices and how emotions shape politics and social life in general; We work with issues of change in rural life conditions and rural identity and, not least, with subcultures, countercultures and social movements, civil society and new state-citizen relations.

The MSc in Cultural Sociology requires two years of full time study, which are divided into 8 quarters. A total of 60 ECTS correspond to one year’s workload.

The program contains two tracks: “Social transformation processes” (Track A) and “Rural Sociology” (Track B). Students must choose one of the two tracks halfway through the first semester. See the two tracks below.

Social transformation processes (Track A)

Rural Sociology (Track B)

The city of Esbjerg

Esbjerg is a city of contrasts. It is young and dynamic with shipping, oil industry and great ambitions within the field of renewable energies. With more than 115,000 inhabitants, Esbjerg is the fifth largest city in Denmark and has a lot to offer in terms of shopping, bars, music, cafés and restaurants. The city of Esbjerg is located on the western coast of Jutland in the middle of a magnificent scenery with white, sandy beaches.

The municipality of Esbjerg includes the smaller towns of Bramming and Ribe. Here you can once again observe the contrasts: Within half an hour you may go from the right-angled streets in the dynamic, only 140 years young city of Esbjerg to the quietness of the winding streets and alleys in the medieval 1300-year-old town of Ribe. The extremely popular island Fanø is also just a 12 minute ferry ride from Esbjerg, where one can enjoy wide sandy beaches, scenic bike routes, little villages and walks in the nature.

Moreover, the city can be characterized as an important educational city. Esbjerg has been growing as an educational city from year to year, with increasing amounts of study programmes, courses and students. However, the city is not too big for easily finding a relevant student job. Today, the city has more than 5,000 students, of which 1,300-1,400 have chosen to be educated at the University of Southern Denmark. Besides the Danish students, several of Esbjerg’s educational institutions have a number of students from abroad, who to a great extent contribute to an exciting, international study environment.

How to get to Esbjerg

Esbjerg is easily accessible. You may arrive by motorway, train or bus. Copenhagen and Hamburg are only approximately 3 hours’ travel away. The airport of Billund is only a 45 minutes’ drive from Esbjerg.

Student accommodation in Esbjerg

It is rather easy for students to find good and cheap housing. The Accommodation office of SDU has a large number of students’ accommodations for international students at its disposal. SDU guarantees to find accommodation for all international students.

Recreational activities

If you are into sports you will find that almost all branches of sports are represented in Esbjerg. The city is leading in football, handball and ice hockey. Furthermore, there are several clubs and fitness studios, where you can practice your preferred form of sport, such as swimming, fitness or running. In the music hall of Esbjerg –“Musikhuset Esbjerg” – it is possible to listen to music, to see plays in the theatre, or experience musicals and other shows. If you want a more 'informal' form of entertainment you can go to “Tobakken”, which is the music club for rhythmical music. All kinds of concerts are held here – rock, pop and jazz. Also local, up-coming bands get a chance to perform here.

If you are looking for entertainment for little money “Huset” is a great place to go. It is a cultural centre for young people where you are always welcome to meet with fellow students over a cup of coffee and a board game.

Contact & Information

If you have questions regarding admission and enrolment, please contact:
Student Services in Esbjerg

University of Southern Denmark
Niels Bohrs Vej 9
DK-6700 Esbjerg
Phone: +45 6550 1103

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