Duration and Credit Requirements
The standard duration of the all Master’s programs is 4 semesters. Typically, the first three semesters are devoted to coursework, while the last semester is a time for research and thesis writing. Coursework consists of reading assignments, written assignments, in-class discussions, and in-class presentations. All courses are taught in English. The language of assigned readings, exams and individual consultations is also English.
To earn the degree, students must obtain 120 ECTS credits for coursework, successfully complete a thesis (about 20 000 words in length) and pass a final examination. Sociology students take 80 ECTS credits worth of coursework in compulsory courses and 40 ECTS credits in optional courses. Cultural Sociology students take 90 ECTS credits worth of coursework in compulsory courses and 30 ECTS credits in optional courses.
Masaryk University Study and Examination Regulations – Masaryk University Study and Examination Regulations – this guideline will assist you in maintaining your student status and will smooth your progress in your studies.
Final State Exam and Master’s Thesis
The program concludes with a final state exam that typically takes place at the end of the fourth semester of study. The final examination consists of an oral examination (Master’s thesis defense) and a three-part written exam. The thesis should be registered with a supervisor in the semester prior to the last semester of studies. See the basic information and required readings for the final exam.
To be able to take part in the final state exam consisting of the thesis defense and written final exam, students are required to have completed 120 credits and have submitted the Master’s thesis by the date set in the departmental calendar. Please note that all of your required course credits and grades must be entered by the teachers into the information system at least 3 days prior to final state exams.
You can download the detailed information about the final state exam and the thesis writing at the Department of Sociology in the IS folders (you find the following files):
- Final State Exam in Sociology – information, topics and required readings
- Final State Exam in Cultural Sociology – information, topics and required readings
- Examples of the final state exam questions from previous years, relevant for both Sociology and Cultural Sociology
- Master’s Theses – instructions for both programs
Other useful information:
- Examples of successfully defended theses in the MU archive: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014
- Registration for the Final State Exam at the Department of Sociology (IS) (see the calendar below for the deadline)
The University calendar, all Departmental Calendars and also timetables of individual programs are linked on this FSS website
Each semester, you need to apply for being enrolled in a term until the specified deadline (usually the end of the first week of teaching). This expresses your wish to continue studies. Changes in course selection can be made until the end of second week of teaching. New students enrolling in the first semester of their studies have to enroll in person.