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Applied Sociology

Master‘s studies @ Vytautas Magnus University
1 Jun Application deadline
17 Feb Start date
2 years Study duration full-time
2952€ Tuition fee for Eu citizens

Programme overview

The program of Applied Sociology provides a combination of relevant sociological approaches and major social research techniques. The program gives the empirical understanding of substantive social problems and provides with data tools and techniques for researching them. The program is designed in line with major research interests of research in department (gender and family, health care, politics, migration, religion studies). After completion of the Applied Sociology, the master’s degree in Social Sciences is granted.

Feedback of lecturers and students

Our main potential is based on the premise that research should serve community needs using the effective combination of sociological insight and methodological grounding. Our wish students would become effective practitioners in the field which requires complex understanding of social problems”.

Dr. Jurga Bučaitė-Vilkė, head of the programme

Our students are encouraged to thoroughly examine and evaluate social processes and changes. This is a very challenging but promising task crucial for the betterment of our society”.

Prof. Artūras Tereškinas, teacher of the program, winner of National Science Award in 2015.

Our students learn how individuals’ behave and interact in different size groups, starting from small tiny family groups and finishing with large groups like religious communities or organizations. My focus is to analyze how one’s position in the larger society shapes his or her life chances and daily practices”.

Dr. Milda Ališauskienė, teacher of the program, President of Lithuanian Sociological Association and a member of Executive Board of International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR).

Graduates will be able to:

  • SOCIAL ISSUES. Identify social problems of social institutions – in economics, politics, family, law, education, religion, medicine (i.e., macro-level), and at the level of individual relations (i.e., micro-level).
  • APPROAHCES AND METHODS. Implement research projects and perform empirical research by applying quantitative and qualitative methods of social research.
  • DATA. Process research data with the data analysis software, analyze and interpret the data.
  • IMPACT. Consult public, non-governmental and private organizations on human resources, organizational culture, and communication

Career opportunities

Graduates of Applied Sociology programme will be able to work:

  • social research centers, public opinion and market research institutions,
  • public institutions in data processing and policies monitoring;
  • science and education institutions or continue studies in PhD studies in sociology;
  • advertising and public relations agencies and mass media;
  • cultural institutions;
  • International organizations and foundations for human development, public health, human rights, and humanitarian aid.

Graduates of Applied Sociology may continue studies in PhD studies in sociology.

Programme structure

Curriculum

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor degree diploma or equivalent degree in Social Sciences, Humanities or other related field. Applicants, who have not studied in a Sociology undergraduate programme, should have complementary courses (12-18 ECTS): Introduction to Sociology; Methodology of Social Sciences; Classical Sociological Theories, Contemporary Sociological Theories. The programme of complementary studies is completed together with bachelor students during the first two semesters.
  •  Proof of English Language: applicant has to present document proving B2 level (TOEFL 87-109 iBT/534-633 PBT, IELTS 5-6,5, Cambridge English First (FCE), BEC Vantage, Michigan ECCE, PTE General Level 3, TOEIC Listening & Reading 785, TOEIC Speaking & Writing 310) if the applicant is not native speaker and/or had not received education in English.
  • Admission score is counted based on: Arithmetic average of bachelor degree diploma supplement all subjects* 0,5 + Evaluation of bachelor thesis or final examination* 0,2 + Interview* 0.3. In case there is no evaluation of bachelor thesis or final examination, arithmetic average of bachelor degree diploma supplement all subjects * 0,7

COMPLEMENTARY STUDIES

The programme of complementary studies (12-18 ECTS) is proposed for the students who did not take these courses: Introduction to Sociology; Methodology of Social Sciences; Classical Sociological Theories, Contemporary Sociological Theories. The programme of complementary studies is completed together with bachelor students during the first two semesters.

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