Sociology (Bachelor)

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The bachelor’s programme in Sociology begins with an Introductory and Orientation Period (STEOP). The Introductory and Orientation Periods (STEOP) of the degree programmes in Political Science, Social and Cultural Anthropology and Sociology consist of a uniform module focusing on social sciences, and a subject-specific module. Following the STEOP, students have to complete compulsory modules on the basics of the discipline, theories, methods, applications, law and economics and communicative and social skills, as well as an elective module. To successfully complete the programme, students have to write a bachelor’s thesis.

Bachelor of Arts

Degree Programme Code: 033 505

6 semesters / 180 ECTS credits (including 30 ECTS credits of extension curricula)

Language: German

Entrance exam procedure


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Data updated on: 28.12.2022

*Click here for further information on statistical data in the field of teaching and learning. (in German)


Instruction Language German

Please note that the instruction language of this programme is German. To start the degree programme, you need to hold a certificate of German proficiency on C1 level.

Study Programme

Students acquire qualifications in three main areas:

  • Sociological expertise (important notions, concepts and theories, knowledge about the structure and dynamics of present-day society, exemplary knowledge of chosen areas of practice and applications, ability to apply sociological knowledge)
  • Methodological competences (basic methods of qualitative and quantitative empirical social research and their application; planning and conducting primary research and evaluation projects; preparing economic and policy-relevant expert reports and planning prerequisites)
  • Communicative and social competences (independent, team-oriented and structured way of thinking and working, using new media to obtain information, compiling reports and giving presentations).

Five Concepts

which you will deal with during your studies:

  • Contemporary society
  • Power and authority
  • Norms, values, deviations
  • Quality of life
  • Empirical methods and statistics

... and many more.

 Overview of the programme structure & topics

Here you find the current offer of courses for this programme to gain better insight into the topics and structure. For more information please click on the respective level.

After Graduation

The bachelor’s programme in Sociology prepares students for future employment in a variety of occupational fields, such as:

  • (continuing) education
  • public administration
  • media and culture
  • business enterprises
  • institutions of the welfare state and
  • national and international non-governmental organisations.

Graduates' Perspective on the Degree Programme

Graduate Survey

The University asks graduates to provide their opinion about the degree programme immediately after graduating. The survey results show how graduates evaluate the degree programme they completed from a subject-specific and organisational perspective.


The graduate survey is an important feedback tool for continuously improving the quality of studies.

Graduates ...

  • say that this degree programme receives the grade: 2.1 (good)
  • rate the level of difficulty as: 3.2 (appropriate)

→ These results are basd on feedback from 276 graduates.

*Detailed information about the implementation, analysis and use of the survey as well as further data can be found in the bachelor’s programme in Sociology graduation survey (in German).

Career Tracking of Graduates

The tracking of graduates provides information about the career paths of the University of Vienna graduates and aims at providing guidance for career entry after graduation (e.g. questions about the duration of job search until first employment after graduation, salary development and sectors that graduates are active in).

3 years after graduation ...

  • 65% of graduates residing in Austria are gainfully employed.
  • graduates earn approx. € 2,521 gross/month.
  • 13% of graduates work in the public administration sector.

*You can find precise information on implementation, evaluation and use as well as further data for this degree programme in the graduate tracking "BA Sociology".