Master in Sociology

Ettore Recchi, Head of doctoral studies in Sociology, Full Professor at Sciences Po presents the new master's programme in Sociology.

Read also Ettore's interview: "A Phd is a life choice"

General objectives

At Sciences Po, sociology is a problem-driven, theory-oriented and method-based discipline. Our two-year Master training is premised on the social relevance of research issues, a solid foundation in classical and contemporary social theory, and up-to-date analytical skills in both quantitative and qualitative techniques. From very early on, students are also required to engage in hands-on empirical research, through ethnographies, interviews, surveys, and exploration of large datasets. A huge emphasis is placed on the final dissertation (mémoire), which is expected to stem from students’ original fieldwork and/or data-based investigations of high academic standard. Subjects vary and reflect the wide spectrum of interests of the almost 50 researchers of the Sociology Department at Sciences Po.

Classes are taught in English and French. Students are entitled to use both languages in exams, papers and the final dissertation. To facilitate the integration of non-French speaking students, first year courses are prevailingly taught in English.

Holders of the Master Recherche in Sociology from Sciences Po are particularly well suited to pursue academic careers through PhD programs, join policy-making organizations and public institutions, and work for research institutes on a national and international scale.

Organization of courses 2019-2020 - NEW!

Organization of courses 2018-2019

Teaching staff

The teaching staff made up of internationally recognized sociologists. While teaching benefits from outside Sciences Po, the core of the teaching team comes primarily from Sciences Po research centers.

Contact and student reception

Head of doctoral studies in Sociology : Ettore Recchi, Full Professor at Sciences Po

Administrative Officer: Carine Boutillier
E-mail :
Tél. : +33 (0)1 45 49 59 82
Fax : +33 (0)1 42 22 40 26 

Reception of students: Doctoral School of Sciences Po - 199, boulevard Saint-Germain - 75007 Paris (3rd floor) - Office 326 - Monday to Thursday from 9:30 to 11:30 and from 14:30 to 16:30 - Friday from 9:30 to 12:30

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