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About the programme
Language: Danish | Place of study: Aarhus and Copenhagen (Emdrup)  | Commencement: August / September (no winter intake)


This programme is only offered in Danish.

The MA (Ed) programme in Educational Sociology aims, based on a qualifying first degree, to establish and develop students' educational-sociological competences.

Students will develop research-based competences that enable them:

  • to make critical and reflective evaluations
  • to identify, analyse, assess and reformulate already defined educational-sociological problems and conceptualisations in an historical, societal and cultural perspective
  • to identify, formulate, analyse, and assess new educational-sociological conceptualisations, problems, and potentials
  • to reflect critically on normative and ethical aspects of one's own and others' practice
  • to enter into a dialogue with other professional perspectives and to be able to integrate this heterogeneity into one's own ways of relating to things
  • to act appropriately and in a professionally responsible way
  • to be able to participate in, plan, and analyse/interpret theoretical conclusions drawn on an empirical basis
  • to develop intervention suggestions in relation to concrete educational-sociological problems.

Admission requirements

Admission to the Master's Degree Programme in Educational Sociology requires that you have completed one of the following courses of study:

  • Bachelor's degree in sociology, education or education science
  • Any other Bachelor's degree in the humanities or social science with modules in education and/or sociology equivalent to 45 ECTS
  • A professional Bachelor’s degree as a primary and lower-secondary school teacher, social educator, social worker or relaxation and psychomotor therapist.
  • Other professional Bachelor's degree programmes with documented content of educational and/or sociological subjects equivalent to 30 ECTS

You will be admitted to the degree programmes based solely on your qualifying course of study. It is therefore not possible to become further qualified. The assessment of applicants is based on whether the admission requirements are met. Work experience is not included in the assessment of the qualifying course of study.

Admission on other terms

Following individual assessment, Aarhus University may grant admission to the degree programme for applicants who do not meet the educational requirements but who are deemed to have the necessary qualifications to be able to complete the degree programme. Work experience is not included in the assessment; only formal education is assessed.

If you apply for admission to a Master's degree programme on the basis of a course of study which is not described as qualifying in the academic regulations for the Master's degree programme(s) to which you are applying, you must enclose a description of your educational background as well as documentation of this. To enable an assessment of your educational background to be made, the following requirements must be met:

1. Your educational background must be on a par with that of the qualifying course of study which is described in the academic regulations for the Master's degree programme.

2. Your educational background must have a scope of at least three years of full-time study – equivalent to 180 ECTS credits.

3. Your educational background must be academically relevant.

4. If your educational background is composed of different modules and/or courses of study at multiple universities/educational institutions, and if you want to be admitted on this basis, you must enclose a summary of your entire educational background. The summary must include the titles of the modules and/or courses of study you have passed, the year in which they were passed and the names of the various educational institutions.

5. The documentation of your educational background must include: a) a description of the purpose, content, level and duration of the course of study, e.g. in the form of academic regulations, and b) documentation that you have passed/completed the course of study in the form of certificates.

Restricted admission

Admission to the Master's degree programme is restricted. There is no waiting list for the Master's degree in Educational Sociology.

Selection criteria

If the number of qualified applicants to the degree programme exceeds the number of places, an academic assessment committee will be appointed to select applicants on the basis of the following criteria:

1. Average mark for qualifying course of study. The average mark is calculated at the time of the application. Read more about calculating average marks.

NB: A qualifying average mark (GPA) is no longer calculated as the average mark is included in the overall assessment.

2. Description of educational relevance. The academic assessment committee assesses the applicants on the basis of an enclosed description of educational relevance as well as documentation in the form of certificate/transcript of records, academic regulations (if any) and any further documentation at Bachelor's and/or Master's degree level. What does a description of educational relevance contain?

Change in application requirements for summer admissions 2021

As a consequence of a change in the law, if you apply to a degree programme at DPU with restricted admission, you can now include relevant experience (including job experience) in your application. This will apply starting with applications for enrolment in September 2021.

Admission to Emdrup or Aarhus?

The Master's degree programmes in educational psychology, educational sociology, education science and general education are offered in both Emdrup and Aarhus. You can create an application for admission to these Master's degree programmes in both Emdrup and Aarhus. If you do so, you will be asked to state which degree programme/study location is your first priority when submitting your second application. You CANNOT decide yourself whether you want to be admitted to Emdrup or Aarhus. This is determined on the basis of the priorities you have stated for degree programmes/study locations to which you have applied for admission and the selection of applications to the Master's degree programmes in the two locations. Please note that even though you apply for admission to the same degree programme in both study locations, there is no guarantee of admission to the programme.

Before creating an application for admission to both Emdrup and Aarhus, you should decide whether you really want to study in, for example, Aarhus if you live on Zealand (or vice versa). If you feel that it would not be realistic for you to attend courses in one of the locations, we advise you to apply for one priority only. It is very difficult to transfer from one location to another, so we strongly recommend that you do not apply for admission to both locations in the expectation that you will be able to transfer to the other location at a later date.


It is not possible to apply for transfer from other Master's degree programmes to the Master's Degree Programme in Educational Sociology

Programme structure

Academic regulations

Student life

Your chance to leave your mark

A degree programme at the Department of Education is not a pre-packaged deal. As a student, you have plenty of scope to shape your degree programme and make it fit your own particular needs and interests.

Student guidance is the cornerstone of our approach, but you should also be prepared to look for knowledge yourself, choose your own path through the programme and collaborate with others. In short, we’ll be testing your knowledge, your attitudes and your ability to present valid arguments. In other words: Education is not something you will be given, it is something you will have to take.

Spend your time wisely

Timetabled teaching constitutes only a small part of an academic programme. This means that on a day-to-day basis you’re largely free to plan your own study activities.

On this Master’s degree programme you might only have teaching a couple of times a week, but you should anticipate a much larger workload. So you should think very carefully about how much paid work you take on in addition to your studies. And if you’ve got a family, it might also be a good idea to involve them in the planning process.

Communities and networking

The academic and social environments are closely connected at the university. Study groups form the basis of both academic exchanges and social activities.

Your fellow students come from a wide range of educational backgrounds, and many of them also have experience of the job market. Not only will you make new friends; you will also establish a solid professional network that you can draw on – even after you have finished the programme.

Study locations:

Aarhus Campus

1,400 students (one-third of all the students at the Department of Education) study in Aarhus. The Aarhus section of the department is located at Trøjborg and shares classrooms with the rest of the university.

Road map for Trøjborg

Emdrup Campus

The Copenhagen section of the Department of Education is located at Emdrup Campus. Here you will find modern teaching facilities and a concentrated study environment where research and education exist side by side.

Road map for Emdrup Campus

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Job functions for grads

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Students will gain research-based knowledge of educational-sociological theories, concepts, methodologies and their historical, cultural and theory of science bass as well as an understanding of how these theories, concepts, and methodologies can be used in relation to varying and complex fields of practice

Students will gain broad knowledge of historical, national, European, and international educational-sociological theories, methodologies, problems, and forms of practice.

Through the programme students will build an individual profile and focus their educational-sociological understanding and methods within different areas of practice such as, for example, care and treatment, upbringing and education in relation to children and youths, the elderly, refugees and immigrants, social work, street work, the private sector, and research.

The programme may furthermore form the basis for the three-year research training programme leading to a PhD.

Career guidance

Please contact the Student Counselling Office for advice about employment opportunities and the subject profile options of your degree programme.

You can read more about the career services that are available from Arts Karriere who provide information about employment opportunities as well as arranging various events and workshops.