Master (MSc)


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6 Years
30 Jul 2020
Accreditation DGES
Initial registry R/A-Cr 77/2013 de 31-05-2013
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Lectured in Portuguese and English
Teaching Type In person
The Master degree in Sociology at Iscte was the first one created in Portugal.


Besides future researchers and PhD candidates, the degree trains international highly qualified professionals to work as experts, technicians, senior managers, directors, teachers and educators in a wide range of employment sectors.

This Master aims to promote an in-depth and specialised education in understanding contemporary society

It is focused upon society's structures and institutions, its processes and agents of change, and current social problems, as well as the individual and collective forms of action that manifest in contemporary society. The course examines these phenomena as much from a local contextual perspective as from a global societal one. 

This Master is directed towards graduates in Sociology, but also to graduates from other disciplines that are interested in obtaining specialized sociological training. For these students, there are optional courses such as introduction to sociology, sociological theory, research methods and data analysis.


Classes are provided on-site. Following internal regulations, it can also be ensured by videoconference.

Lectures will be taught in two classes, one in Portuguese and another in English language.

In the English class, lectures have been taught by social scientists with international reputation, such as:

Ann Nilsen (University of Bergen, Norway)

Berth Danermark (Örebro University, Sweden)

Craig Calhoun (Arizona State University, United States of America)

Daniel Oesch (University of Lausanne, Switzerland)

Danny Dorling (University of Oxford, United Kingdom)

Dave Elder-Vass (Loughborough University, United Kingdom)

George Steinmetz (University of Michigan, United States of America)

Mike Savage (London School of Economics, United Kingdom)

Richard Lachmann (University at Albany, United States of America)

in addition to regular Portuguese lecturers.

And as a student you will share a vibrant worldwide academic environment in the centre of Lisbon.


Students are invited to participate in projects at the Centre for Research and Study in Sociology (Centro de Investigação e Estudos de Sociologia), and in the International Conferences organized in cooperation with the Doctoral Programme in Sociology. Previous speakers include Ann Nilsen, Anthony Giddens, Bernard Lahire, Berth Danermark, Catherine Wihtol de Wenden, Craig Calhoun, Daniel Oesch, Danny Dorling, Dave Elder-Vass, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, François Héran, George Steinmetz, Hans Joas, Jean-Michel Berthelot, Jeffrey C. Alexander, John Scott, Jonathan H. Turner, Jürgen Habermas, Margaret Archer, Nicos Mouzelis, Philippe C. Schmitter, Randall Collins, Richard Lachmann, Thomas Brante, e Tom R. Burns. 

Students also benefit from the collaboration between the Master programme and the Observatory of Inequalities, the Observatory of Emigration, the publisher Mundos Sociais and the journal Sociologia, Problemas e Práticas and Portuguese Journal of Social Sciences.


The Master in Sociology is two years long (four semesters, corresponding to 120 credit units) and is organized around a common core that includes compulsory and optional courses in sociology, methodology and thematic issues. 

There is an optional Internship, with scientific or technical purposes, for students looking for a professional experience connected to their training.

A diploma of Post-Graduate Studies in Sociology is granted to those students that complete the first year with 60 credits (ECTS).

Director(s) message

Welcome to the Master in Sociology of Iscte!

Our training follows the best international practices.

In addition, Iscte is recognized by its excellent relationship between lecturers and students, and by its stimulating academic environment.

And we are always available to help you personally with your application.


General information

2 years
Portuguese and English
Daytime and evening
Teaching Type
In person
2023-12-18 00:01 - 2024-01-31 17:00
2024-02-01 00:01 - 2024-03-20 17:00
2024-03-21 00:01 - 2024-05-15 17:00
2024-05-16 00:01 - 2024-07-10 17:00
2024-07-11 00:01 - 2024-08-28 17:00
1.stYear 1250.00
2.ndYear 1150.00
1.stYear 3000.00
2.ndYear 1600.00
* Information for 2024/2025
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