Applied Sociology

The programme of Applied Sociology is designed to prepare specialists capable of originally and independently analysing peculiarities and problems of the functioning of society at its various levels. Graduates will also be able to prepare and complete research projects on social problems, to define solutions for social problems and to implement them by applying contemporary sociological theories and methods. After completion of the programme of Applied Sociology, the master degree in sociology is granted.

The program of Applied Sociology provides a combination of relevant sociological approaches and major social research techniques. The program gives the empirical understanding of substantive social problems and provides with data tools and techniques for researching them. The program is designed in line with major research interests of research in department (gender and family, health care, politics, migration, religion studies). After completion of the Applied Sociology, the master’s degree in Social Sciences is granted.

Feedback of lecturers and students

Our main potential is based on the premise that research should serve community needs using the effective combination of sociological insight and methodological grounding. Our wish students would become effective practitioners in the field which requires complex understanding of social problems”.

Dr. Jurga Bučaitė-Vilkė, head of the programme

Our students are encouraged to thoroughly examine and evaluate social processes and changes. This is a very challenging but promising task crucial for the betterment of our society”.

Prof. Artūras Tereškinas, teacher of the program, winner of National Science Award in 2015.

Our students learn how individuals’ behave and interact in different size groups, starting from small tiny family groups and finishing with large groups like religious communities or organizations. My focus is to analyze how one’s position in the larger society shapes his or her life chances and daily practices”.

Dr. Milda Ališauskienė, teacher of the program, President of Lithuanian Sociological Association and a member of Executive Board of International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR).

Graduates will be able:

  • To apply sociological approaches for the analysis of relevant social problems.
  • To identify social problems of social institutions – in economics, politics, family, law, education, religion, medicine (i.e., macro-level), and at the level of individual relations (i.e., micro-level).
  • To prepare and implement research projects on social problems.
  • To conduct empirical research by applying quantitative and qualitative methods of social research.
  • To process research data with the data analysis software, analyze and interpret the data.
  • To consult public, non-governmental and private organizations on human resources, organizational culture, communication.


Career opportunities

Graduates of Applied Sociology programme will be able to work:

  • in social research centres, public opinion and market research institutions, and public administration;
  • organisational work in private and public institutions and non-governmental organizations;
  • in science and education institutions;
  • in advertising and public relations agencies;
  • in various spheres of media;
  • in cultural institutions;
  • in international organizations and foundations for development, public health, tourism and recreation, and humanitarian aid;

Graduates of Applied Sociology may continue studies in PhD studies in sociology.


Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences (inquiries regarding study programme)
Head of the programme Assoc. prof. Jurga Bučaitė-Vilkė,
Address Jonavos g. 66, room 306, LT 44191 Kaunas, Lithuania
International Cooperation Department (inquiries regarding application and admission)
Visiting Address V. Putvinskio g. 23, room 211, LT-44249 Kaunas, Lithuania
Mailing Address K. Donelaičio g. 58, LT-44248 Kaunas, Lithuania

  • Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Group of Fields of Study Social Sciences (J)
  • Lenght of Programme 2 academic years
  • Tuition fee per year: 2952 Eur
  • ECTS credits 120
  • Name of Qualification Master of Social Sciences