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 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

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.  

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

Tuition Fees and Scholarships

No tuition fees for EU/EEA/Swiss students.
There is a tuition fee for all full-time degree students who hold a citizenship from outside of EU/EAA/Switzerland.

SDU offers 75 scholarships yearly. The scholarship consists of two parts: full tuition fee waiver and a grant, to help cover living costs amounting to $ 950 per month before taxes. Candidates must come from a non-EU/EEA country and be eligible to pay tuition fees. The scholarship will be awarded to the best qualified of the eligible applicants. All eligible applicants who are offered a study place, will automatically be considered for the scholarship. No separate application is needed. The best-qualified candidates based on points will be awarded the scholarship.

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