Sociology of Contemporary Societies (SCS)

Sociology of Contemporary Societies

The MA Programme in Sociology of Contemporary Societies is a two-year English-language Master’s programme designed for students interested in gaining in-depth knowledge of the state of the present-day field of sociology and social anthropology, including their theory and research methods. It features a strong core of sociology and social anthropological courses in three specializations, from which the student chooses one.



1. Civil Society and Politics

2. Anthropology of Space and Mobility

3. Identities, Health, and Bodies

4. Double degree in Sociology of Contemporary Societies (together with the University of Florence)


The Civil Society and Politics specialization provides students with a deep understanding of how contemporary complex societies work. Students acquire theoretical and practical skills in political sociology, anthropology of nationalism, and the non-profit sector. They will learn to analyse various aspects of public life systematically.

The Anthropology of Space and Mobility specialization brings in-depth knowledge of the globalized world, its dynamics, migratory movements, social mobility, and enables these phenomena to be deeply understood, and applied in the field of urban planning, migratory politics, and analysis of global developments.

The Identities, Health and Bodies specialization develops the profound knowledge and practical skills required to conduct sociological and social anthropological research in the fields of medical anthropology, health sociology, lifestyle studies, sociology of sport, and gender studies. In all specializations, students can choose either to focus on quantitative or qualitative research methodology. All specializations provide prerequisites for their graduates to be employed in the education sector, state and public administration, the non-profit sector, and corporate organizations. In addition to preparing for an out-of-academic deployment, this study creates the preconditions for an academic career and postgraduate studies.

Double degree specialization in Sociology of Contemporary Societies provides students with in-depth knowledge of social theory, anthropology of the European Union, global and European citizenship, urban life analysis, population society and family studies, and issues of emotions and social change. In the first year of this specialisation, students will attend lectures at Charles University, and in the second year at the University of Florence and will receive diplomas from both universities upon successful graduation.


The admissions for the academic year 2024/25 is now open

Early bird application deadline: February 29, 2024

Regular application deadline: April 30, 2024

The early-bird term is strongly recommended for students from visa-seeking countries. Please, be aware that it is the student's responsibility to obtain a visa before enrolling in the programme.

Find the link for the application below.

Basic information

Programme Duration: 2 years

Language of Instruction: English

Programme Director: doc. PhDr. Zdeněk Uherek, CSc. (

Student Coordinator: Lenka Dvořáčková (


Tuition Fee: 6 000 EUR per year. From the academic year 2022/2023.

Reduction or Waiving the Fee: The Faculty of Social Sciences offers a set of scholarships and fee reductions. Conditions and terms can be found here.

Documents for Application: See the instruction via online application above.

Study Prerequisites: The programme is open to students who have completed a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in a related programme study.



Students graduating from the programme will possess scholarly advantages including current knowledge of the major social problems facing present-day societies. With their understanding of both quantitative and qualitative sociological research methods, graduates can competently conduct sociological and social anthropological research and cooperate effectively on both analytic and problem solving tasks, allowing them to work as researchers, experts, analysts or a project managers in either the public sector and non-profit organisations, or in private companies. Our graduates are equally prepared to pursue a fruitful academic career and PhD studies.