Cultural Sociology

Master (2 years) of Cultural Sociology in Social Transformation Processes, 120 ECTS
Humanities, social sciences, communication and arts

Institution University of Southern Denmark (SDU)
Campus Esbjerg
Duration 2 years
Tuition per term (Non-EU/EAA/CH) 4250 EUR
Tuition per term (EU/EAA/CH) 0 EUR


Understand and create innovative responses to social changes, as evaluated by the role of culture in social change. The programme engages a practice oriented approach where students participate in field research to complement their theoretical engagements.

Career Opportunities  

The profile MSc Cultural Sociology in Social Transformation Processes 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.

About the programme

Society is constantly changing relations between people. Authorities, organisations and cultural life have to adapt to these challenges at the same speed. Your knowledge can make a difference in this dynamic world by understanding the origins and dynamics of cultural, social and institutional change.  

The programme offers a unique combination of sociological and anthropological theory. It has a practice-oriented approach where you learn advanced methodological skills of interviewing, statistics and field research.  

The Master has four semesters over two years. Three terms consist of compulsory and elective courses while the final term is devoted to writing the Master’s thesis.  
In the third semester, students have the opportunity to participate in an exchange programme with a partner university or pursue a relevant internship in Denmark or abroad.

Compulsory courses
1st semester  
Advanced Quantitative Methods •Advanced Theoretical Approaches in Cultural Sociology •Law, Power and Professions •Advanced Qualitative Methods 
2nd semester •The Cultural Sociology Project •When lawyers meet their clients 
3rd semester •Project work in a company /institution (Denmark or abroad) + project work or    •Studies abroad or •Studies at the University of Southern Denmark or another Danish University
4th semester •Master´s thesis


Applicants with a BSc in Economics and Business Administration from their previous University are qualified for admission. Applicants with a professional bachelor degree and other qualifying degrees may have access provided certain demands are fulfilled. 

Students with a bachelor degree in one of the other Social Sciences (e.g. Political Science, Sociology, Anthropology, and Law) and from the Humanities (e.g. Communication, Religion, Journalism, and History) will be evaluated and decided by the Study Board.

Students with a professional bachelor’s degree (e.g. social worker, police officer, primary school teacher) will be evaluated and decided by the Study Board.

In addition, you need to document your proficiency in English.
You can read more about English Language Requirements here.

Apply directly at the University of Southern Denmark with all relevant documentation.

To find out whether the level of your foreign certificate or diploma satisfies the general entry requirements, you should contact [your institution] directly. A list of the most commonly recognized exams and diplomas can be found at the Danish Agency for Higher Education

Exchange students should contact their home institution for information on application procedures and deadlines.


There is a tuition fee for all full-time degree students who hold a citizenship from outside EU/EAA/Switzerland. Students within an exchange programme are not required to pay tuition.

For Further Information

Information from the Danish Agency for Higher Education can be located at

You will find information about the Danish assessment of foreign qualifications in Guide to diploma recognition

About the Educational System in general visit the section The Danish Higher Education System

Autumn - Non-EU/EEA

Application date
Feb 01
Start date
Sep 01

Autumn - EU/EEA and Swiss citizens

Application date
Mar 01
Start date
Sep 01