Master in Social Sciences


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The Carlos III-Juan March Institute of Social Sciences (IC3JM) offers a two-year Master in Social Sciences. The goal is to provide the most rigorous formation, both substantive and methodological, to do comparative, historical and quantitative research on core topics in political science, sociology and economic history. Whereas the first year is interdisciplinary and common to all students, in the second year students can choose one of the three fields.

The Master is demanding and requires strong motivation on the part of the students. Instructors are professors of the IC3JM and Carlos III University as well as visiting professors (leading scholars who are invited to teach a course in the Master).

Students will have the opportunity to participate in the intellectual life of the IC3JM, including weekly seminars, international workshops and specialized methodological courses.

The IC3JM has a strong international reputation for being a top research institution in Europe.


The Carlos III-Juan March Institute of Social Sciences (IC3JM) offers a two-year, official Master of Social Sciences, run entirely in English. It corresponds to 120 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System).

The goal of the Master is to train students to do high-level research in the core topics of the Social Sciences. The Master provides an advanced, interdisciplinary training in Social Sciences, with a strong emphasis on methodological issues and quantitative techniques, so that the students acquire the skills required for research design, hypothesis formulation, and data analysis.

The Master covers three fields: political science, sociology, and economic history. During the first year, all courses are mandatory, with two differentiated blocs - on the one hand, substantive courses in sociological analysis, social stratification, comparative politics, economic history and political economy; on the other, methodological courses (statistics, game theory, and research design). During the second year, there are a few methodological courses and students can choose among three different paths of specialization (political science, sociology, economic history).

There is a strong emphasis on comparative and historical studies, as well as on the application of more advanced research techniques, so that students learn to integrate theoretical hypotheses and empirical data in their research projects.