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Master in Social Sciences and Educational Sciences

Course Description

About the course

The two-year full-time study programme (120 ECTS) focuses on the analysis of changes in ideas, institutions and organizations caused by social, economic and political integration and comparisons of the development of educational and social policies across time and space.

Innovatively, the approaches and methodologies of a variety of academic disciplines, including educational science, history and sociology, are jointly utilised in analysis and problem solving.

Within the Faculty, students have opportunities to contribute to on-going research projects and collaborate with professors and researchers.

This multidisciplinary English-language programme is taught in Luxembourg, among the most diverse European societies, by distinguished international scholars in theory, history, and sociology of education.


As a student, you will

• acquire critical understandings of and review research related to fields of study in the social and educational sciences
• follow and engage in debates on changing societies
• acquire and expand your knowledge of social inequalities and welfare state regimes
• compare, critique and plan reforms of education and social service systems
• design, develop, and conduct empirical research using quantitative, qualitative, historical or mixed methods
• act as experts in academic fields of study (social sciences, education, social and educational policy)
• engage in developing policies and programmes on local, national and international levels

Course modules

• Philosophical Foundations of the Social Sciences
• Qualitative and Quantitative Social Science Methods
• Comparing Education Systems, Welfare States, and Varieties of Capitalism
• Social Differentiation and Inequalities


You will acquire the theoretical, methodological, and organisational skills to succeed in academia or in science-based occupations. Graduates may continue in the doctoral school or assume professional positions in educational organisations (inter)nationally.

Visit the Master in Social Sciences and Educational Sciences page on the University of Luxembourg website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent (180 ECTS) in an educational or social science (or multiple disciplines) and have a strong interest in theoretical perspectives and excellent methodological skills. Advanced command of English (both written and oral) is required. Competence in German and/or French is considered beneficial for students on the University’s multilingual campus. Selection is based on the application documents and a personal interview.

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