About the MSc in Cultural Sociology
The MSc in Cultural Sociology is a cross-disciplinary programme, which is concerned with the solution of contemporary challenges in society in general, and in private and public organisations in particular.
When choosing the Master of Social Science in Cultural Sociology you obtain a thorough theoretical and empirical insight into how societal development and social transformation processes are influenced by various socio-cultural factors.
The focus of this profile is on classical themes within the cultural sociology fields of research. During the master programme, you will explore how social transformation processes are shaped by elements of society such as the perception of the body, health, gender issues, family relations, nature understanding, identity building time and space, cultures and countercultures.
You should choose this master programme if you have an interest in the relations between society and people and in the cultural encounters that emerge every time people meet across age, professions, nationality, gender, health and religion.
The MSc in Cultural Sociology 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.
Both in the public and private sector there is a growing need for employees who can work directly with transformation processes on a micro-level. With the Master of Social Sciences in Cultural Sociology you are able to work innovatively and focused with social changes, and you have the necessary understanding for management and social engagement.
A good standard of English is required as the MSc in Cultural Sociology is an international program taught completely in English. A minimum IELTS score of 6.5, a TOEFL score of 575/230/88 or a minimum CAE score of C is required.
If you as an EU/EEA citizen can document this level of English by way of secondary school diploma, you may be exempted from the English language test (minimum 210 full hours of English language classes at high school level is required). For German applicants, it will often be sufficient to submit a copy of the upper secondary diploma.
The University of Southern Denmark has access to the IELTS Verification Service; therefore we accept the IELTS test results/score in copy. TOEFL is only accepted in original sent directly from the test centre or the educational testing service (ETS) before registration deadline.
The MSc in Cultural Sociology requires two years of full time study, which are divided into 8 quarters. A total of 60 ECTS correspond to one years workload.
The city of Esbjerg
Esbjerg is a city of contrasts. It is young and dynamic with shipping, oil industry and great ambitions within the field of renewable energies. With more than 80,000 inhabitants, Esbjerg is the fifth largest city in Denmark and has a lot to offer in terms of shopping, bars, music, cafés and restaurants. The city of Esbjerg is located on the western coast of Jutland in the middle of a magnificent scenery with white, sandy beaches.
The municipality of Esbjerg has approximately 125,000 inhabitants and includes the smaller towns of Bramming and Ribe. Here you can once again observe the contrasts: Within half an hour you may go from the right-angled streets in the dynamic, only 140 years young city of Esbjerg to the quietness of the winding streets and alleys in the medieval 1300-year-old town of Ribe. The extremely popular island Fanø is also just a 12 minute ferry ride from Esbjerg, where one can enjoy wide sandy beaches, scenic bike routes, little villages and walks in the nature.
Moreover, the city can be characterized as an important educational city. Esbjerg has been growing as an educational city from year to year, with increasing amounts of study programmes, courses and students. However, the city is not too big for easily finding a relevant student job. Today, the city has more than 5,000 students, of which 1,300-1,400 have chosen to be educated at the University of Southern Denmark. Besides the Danish students, several of Esbjergs educational institutions have a number of students from abroad, who to a great extent contribute to an exciting, international study environment.
How to get to Esbjerg
Esbjerg is easily accessible. You may arrive by motorway, train or bus. Copenhagen and Hamburg are only approximately 3 hours travel away. The airport of Billund is only a 45 minutes drive from Esbjerg.
Student accommodation in Esbjerg
It is rather easy for students to find good and cheap housing. The Accommodation office of SDU has a large number of students accommodations for international students at its disposal. SDU guarantees to find accommodation for all international students.
If you are into sports you will find that almost all branches of sports are represented in Esbjerg. The city is leading in football, handball and ice hockey. Furthermore, there are several clubs and fitness studios, where you can practice your preferred form of sport, such as swimming, fitness or running.
In the music hall of Esbjerg Musikhuset Esbjerg it is possible to listen to music, to see plays in the theatre, or experience musicals and other shows. If you want a more 'informal' form of entertainment you can go to Tobakken, which is the music club for rhythmical music. All kinds of concerts are held here rock, pop and jazz. Also local, up-coming bands get a chance to perform here.
If you are looking for entertainment for little money Huset is a great place to go. It is a cultural centre for young people where you are always welcome to meet with fellow students over a cup of coffee and a board game.
Contact & Information
If you have questions regarding admission and enrolment, please contact:
Secretary for international relations
Ellen M. Andersen
University of Southern Denmark
Niels Bohrs Vej 9
Phone: +45 6550 1103