• Level: Master's Degree
  • Language: English (mostly)
  • Admission: public selection
  • Location: Department of Sociology and social research, via Verdi 26, 38122 Trento (Italy)

This master course is a two-year programme that provides advanced training for positions of social researcher in private research institutes in the field of marketing and communication, customer satisfaction and opinion research, as well as in public research institutions (for instance, institutes and foundations involved in education research or in the analysis of labor market and welfare trends).This master course also provides a strong background for students interested in doctoral studies in the field of sociology and social research.

Specifically, this master programme equips students with in-depth mastery of statistical and qualitative techniques to analyse social trends. The methodology courses of the first year have a strong applied orientation, as they entail the active participation of students in laboratory activities and seminars (e.g. learning how to design a questionnaire, building a web-survey, learning how to use statistical softwares, carrying out in-depth interviews and focus groups).

The master has a strong international orientation. The courses are mostly taught in English, students are funded to spend study periods abroad, and we have two double degree agreements with the prestigious universities of Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain) and Tilburg (the Netherlands), as well as a joint degree in cultural sociology with the universities of Graz, Zadar and Brno.

The first year is entirely devoted to methodology courses offered to all students that cover not only sociological methods, but also methods for historical and political research.
The second year covers two clusters of substantive courses in:

  • social inequalities and social change in education, family dynamics, labour market participation and welfare support;
  • culture and communication: they involve the analysis of cultural transformations in lifestyles and in several domains such as science and religion.

Each student is expected to choose one of these two clusters. Moreover, in the second year students participate in a research internship in private and public research institutes, and draft their final dissertation. The choice of the cluster of courses, of the internship and of the topic of the dissertation shall be integrated in order to equip students with an in-depth knowledge of an area of substantive expertise for their future career development.

Training objectives

The Master’s course in Sociology and Social Research aims at training professionals of social research, with advanced knowledge in the sociological disciplines and high-level capacity of analysis of social phenomena, capable to carry sociological research in an autonomous way, in charge of coordinating positions and responsibility. The course features a dynamic intermingling of theory and practice, using the most contemporary methods and theoretical models. Further, the wide ranges of elective courses allow students to carry out research on substantial aspects of the social world.

Graduates will access the labour market with high-level professional skills:

Capacity to plan and carry out empirical researches in the main application fields of social sciences, from the study of social inequalities, migration, labour market and welfare, to opinion polls and market research on consumption and communication.
Mastering of logic-conceptual and methodological tools to foster a multi-disciplinary approach to the social research, which integrates the sociological knowledge with economic, politologic and historical skills.
Capacity to analyse, interpret and submit to the client the results of empirical research, of quantitative and qualitative nature.

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23 May 2018