Doctoral Studies in Analytical Sociology

The Institute for Analytical Sociology (IAS) is unique in offering the first coherent postgraduate training in Analytical Sociology. The program aims to broaden and deepen the doctoral student's knowledge in the subject of analytical sociology and to make the doctoral student well prepared for independent work in the field.

IAS offers a unique doctoral training program in Analytical Sociology. Our graduate students receive both theoretical and methodological research training by working in close collaboration with some of the worlds’ leading scholars in Analytical Sociology. Graduate students are part of a collegial team of researchers who conduct cutting-edge research on important social, political, and cultural matters. We strongly emphasize the importance of students developing their research skills not only through course attendance and thesis work but also through scientific collaborations in research projects, as well as through seminar and conference presentations.

The aim of postgraduate training is for the doctoral student to acquire the ability to independently and critically design and implement a qualified research project and to present and disseminate research results and knowledge nationally and internationally, within and outside academia. During postgraduate training, the doctoral student combines courses in theory and method with independent dissertation work. In total, a doctoral degree consists of 240 hp. This is equivalent to four years of study including three years of dissertation work. Throughout the PhD program the doctoral student is employed with a centrally regulated wage ladder.

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Laura Fürsich, PhD Candidate at Institute for Analytical Sociology

Laura Fürsich

I chose to pursue a doctoral degree because I felt like there is so much more to learn. It gives me the freedom to nourish that curiosity while being guided through studying things I really enjoy.

I was lucky enough to already conduct my Master’s thesis at IAS and I was intrigued by the creative environment and academic rigor I experienced. IAS brings together a wide set of great researchers that work across disciplines on understanding why people do what they do and the resulting implications for society.

At IAS we have a great set of opportunities available for young scholars who are interested in an academic career. We have regular milestone seminars scheduled that allow us to get feedback from all scholars at IAS. I personally really enjoy the exposure to all the guests we have at the institute, who present their research in one of the seminar series or stay on for some time as research fellows.

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