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ISCTE – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa Master in Sociology
ISCTE – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa

Master in Sociology

Lisbon, Portugal

2 Years


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EUR 1,100 / per year *


* First year | 1000€: Second year


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Lecturers from prestigious universities in Norway, Portugal, Sweden, United Kingdom, and USA.

This Master in Sociology has been designed to prepare international highly qualified researchers, professionals, experts, managers, technicians, professors and candidates to doctoral programmes.

The city of Lisbon welcomes you to study and share its enriching university life, friendly people, ravishing culture and splendid weather.


Lecturing is focused on structures and institutions of contemporary societies, its processes and agents of change, current social problems and existing forms of individual and collective action.

It’s addressed to graduates in Sociology and other areas that are interested in obtaining a specialized sociological training.

As a student you will share a vibrant worldwide academic environment in the centre of Lisbon, benefiting from learning with highly reputed transnational sociologists.

Students will be hosted at a well established Department of Sociology, and invited to take part of research projects at one of the most prestigious research centres, the Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology (CIES_Iscte) and of International Conferences organized in collaboration with the Doctoral Programme in Sociology. Previous talks by Anthony Giddens, Bernard Lahire, Catherine Wihtol de Wenden, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, François Héran, Hans Joas, Jean-Michel Berthelot, Jeffrey C. Alexander, John Scott, Jonathan H. Turner, Jürgen Habermas, Margaret Archer, Nicos Mouzelis, Philippe C. Schmitter, Randall Collins, Thomas Brante, and Tom R. Burns.

This Master comprises two classes: one with lectures in English language and another with lectures in Portuguese language.


• Ann Nilsen (University of Bergen)

• António Firmino da Costa (Iscte-Instituto Universitário de Lisboa)

• Berth Danermark (Örebro University)

• Craig Calhoun (Arizona State University)

• Danny Dorling (University of Oxford)

• Dave Elder-Vass (Loughborough University)

• José Luís Casanova (Iscte-Instituto Universitário de Lisboa)

• Luís Capucha (Iscte-Instituto Universitário de Lisboa)

• Maria das Dores Guerreiro (Iscte-Instituto Universitário de Lisboa)

• Patrícia Ávila (Iscte-Instituto Universitário de Lisboa)

• Peter Brandon (University at Albany)

• Renato do Carmo (Iscte-Instituto Universitário de Lisboa)

• Richard Lachmann (University at Albany)

• Rui Pena Pires (Iscte-Instituto Universitário de Lisboa)


• Contemporary Social Inequality

• Institutions in Contemporary Society

• Sociology of Modernity

• Contemporary Debates in Sociological Theory

• Sociology and Epistemology

• Research Design

• Family and Work

• Foundations of Social Policy

• One compulsory course on Research Methods

• Three elective courses

• Dissertation


The application phases opening is conditioned by the vacancies

RoundStart DateEnd DateApplication fee
1st Round12 January 202115 March 202150.00 €
2nd Round09 April 2020114 June 202150.00 €
3rd Round06 July 202130 August 202150.00 €


START DATE: September 2021


Nationals of a European Union country

First year: 1250 euros

Second year: 1150 euros

Nationals from a non-European Union country

First year: 3000 euros

Second year: 1600 euros

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