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Join the Master of Research in Sociology (MoRiS) at the University of Bucharest for two years of research experience covering in-depth exploration of lively social spaces, advanced methods and techniques of interpreting evidence, theoretical orientation, and professional scientific authorship.

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Since 2009 MoRiS has offered students an English-language curriculum focused on kindling research intuition and meticulous theoretical and methodological knowledge. Students and faculty work jointly in investigative projects carrying them from inception to finalization, discussing all along the challenges of acquiring novel evidence-based understandings.

The Master of Research in Sociology focuses on advanced sociological research. Courses are designed as gateways to current conceptual and methodological debates within sociological and social research communities. Students are encouraged to develop and work on their own research interests, to make sense of empirical evidence and to acquire public presentation skills while developing their research projects.

MoRiS is organized by the Department of Sociology, University of Bucharest.

Future career prospects:

- Doctoral studies in sociology and other social sciences;
- Research positions in social sciences – including advanced scientific research, policy-oriented research, social marketing, as well as academic positions;
- Consultants on current social issues – in public or private institutions.

And some thoughts:


Cool teachers offering you new and diverse tools for looking at the world (sociologically ;) ). Well-chosen enlightening readings, pretty handouts and very useful logical schemes and drawings, recommended conferences, Ted talks, music, movies and all the possible resources you would (or not) think of complementing your learning experience and broadening your mind. Funny discussions and insightful social experiments through which you learn that nothing is what it seems to be. I would definitely do it all over again! (Elisabeta Toma)

The program of the MA in Research in Sociology was a great opportunity to learn about amazing topics and to practice interesting research methods. I was very pleased to see that I am able to implement exciting projects with my professors’ support. I have spent awesome time over the past two years!
:) (Corina Brăgaru)



Why MoRiS? Because it’s the environment that any person interested in Social Sciences in general and Sociology in particular should connect with. During my encounter with the Master of Research in Sociology I was able to leave aside the pure theoretical understanding of Sociology and really contextualize social issues. This meant actually applying conceptual frameworks to real-life situations not in a sporadic manner, but in a consistent way. It has been an experience filled with intriguing readings, challenging statistical models, puzzling interviews, unexpected sources of information and an overall passion for social sciences. So my advice to all those interested is to be social, think social and join the MoRiS community! (Oana Negrea)


Joining the MORIS program at the Faculty of Sociology and Social Work was a decision I have never regretted. I wanted an in-depth program challenging program that focused on both qualitative and quantitative research methods and techniques. The instructors were enthusiastic and provided excellent resources for our courses. If you’re looking for research-oriented sociology program, then this will be a good fit for you. (Natassia Chandran)
MoRiS is a sum of fascinating readings and authors, insightful courses, friendly and open-minded professors and cool, creative colleagues. Individual approach towards students, curiosity and vibrant debates are key elements when describing this master program. MoRiS is challenging, fun and useful. Try it yourself! (Victoria Nedelciuc)


Finishing this Master program was a big accomplishment for me. During these two years I had a constant feeling of improvement. Coming from a private University and not being familiar with the Faculty’s requirements, I was worried that the transition to a sociological research master will be difficult. This didn’t happen, and what I found during the courses was a dedicated body of professors who were always challenging us with key-questions and practical topics. A special mention about my colleagues, who were great, devoted, and helpful in so many occasions. To sum up, I would say that every student interested in Sociology should consider this Master as an option. It can be a start to a great journey. (Alexandru Matei)


Hello, my name is Diana and I will tell you about my experience with MoRiS. This program has been quite an engaging experience and also a challenging one. I learned how to better observe events around me and, most importantly, I’ve developed analytical skills. Now I can observe a situation or a set of data and know what to look for. I definitely would love to do research and learn about it more, and now I am so sure about that thanks to MoRiS. (Diana Răileanu)


MoRiS succeeded in offering me the possibility of achieving the knowledge which I need for a career in sociological research. Moreover, it helped me to form a clear perception on the social world. Also, this master helped me indirectly: professors taught us in English which my actual job requires. Professors are very supportive and this helped us a lot. Furthermore, no matter if you are a qualitative or a quantitative researcher, here is the place to improve your skills: You will prepare mini-researches which represent a snippet of what you will do later. Therefore, go for MoRiS if you enjoy finding out more about your social world! (Andreea Osiceanu)


During these two years, the master of Research in Sociology polished the social lens through which I look to various aspects of life, both in terms of theory and methodology. Whether you are a quantitative or qualitative lover, at this master you will learn to formulate testable hypotheses about social phenomena, using state-of-the-art social theories, to conduct various empirical inquiries and to develop skills in different methods of data analysis. If you are not sure if you want to join, maybe your answer will provide a clue:

  • Do you want to study in relatively small classes with some of the best teachers from the Department of Sociology?
  • Do friendly interactions with eager-to-help professors and colleagues motivate you?
  • Do you want to exercise your writing on your empirical work in a publishable style?
  • If so, this master is the perfect challenge for you, so go for it! (Alexandra Ciritel)
MoRiS is an opportunity to discuss key sociological themes from multiple and complementary perspectives, together with a group of supportive professors. Courses lay a strong foundation for building and refining one’s inquiries and arguments – which are often put to the test during discussions with colleagues over coffee. It doesn’t promise ”the answer to life, the Universe and everything!” ;) – while, for all that counts, MoRiS is a great start towards a multidisciplinary take on society and a keen sociological eye. (Ana Maria Borlescu)


The Master of Research in Sociology program broadened my horizons. During these two years, I learned how to approach all academic work critically and analytically. The professors were enthusiastic and really took the time to get to know each one of us as individuals. The topics were varied and interesting, from witchcraft, to migration, to statistics. I highly recommend this program!   (Cristina Georgiana Popa)

MoRiS – the beginning: Three years ago I found myself in the middle of the adventure of finding my place and deciding my academic trajectory. After obtaining a degree in sociology, a research program felt like the most suitable option. Nevertheless, a lot of questions, worries and flutters accompanied the decision making process and the beginning of the period that I subsequently started to call my best learning experience.

MoRiS – the embodied academic experience: In my opinion, MoRiS is a unique tailored educational program in Romania. Why? Because I was given the chance to work together with my professors (shoulder by shoulder) in establishing what, and even more important, how to study.  I was encouraged to pursue my interests and to develop my own mechanisms to deal with the ‘reality’, while exploring the world. I was encouraged to debate, to present ideas, and to defend my projects. But most of all, MoRiS represented the place where me and my colleagues grew together as a learning community, enjoying our ride. Although we came in with quite different backgrounds and experiences, we learned to work together, to challenge one another, and to have lots and lots of fun.

MoRiS – your experience: If you want to be challenged, to make new friends and to be an active part in your learning experience, MoRiS can become your experience! (Alexandra Grigorescu)