MA Sociology
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

The MA Sociology programme provides a broad range of cutting-edge analytical and research skills to better understand significant social issues and problems in contemporary society, and how to act to change them.

The MA in Sociology offers students unique theoretical training to understand our social world. The MA focuses on qualitative and theoretical approaches to sociology. Students can enroll as either full-time (one-year) or part-time (two-year). As a member of a tight-knit community in the School of sociology, students benefit from a wide variety of optional modules availing of the unique substantive and methodological faculty expertise. Covering topics ranging from nationalism to migration to violence to social networks, the MSc in Sociology culminates with the completion of a comprehensive research project benefitting from individual supervision and the time/space to apply a year's worth of training. Professionally or as part of a longer academic pathway, students in the MSc graduate with unique theoretical competency offering the ability to build upon a rich sociological tradition.

The School of Sociology offers both a MA and MSc in Sociology. Both programmes share many modules and are equal contributors to the close-knit community of scholars in the School of Sociology. The core difference is the additional methodological breadth of the MSc in that students graduate trained in both quantitative and qualitative approaches to sociological inquiry. The MA offers qualitative training and an additional optional module in place of the quantitative requirement found in the MSc.

Course Description
Students will develop a range of conceptual, analytical and methodological skills that will enable them to identify, describe and analyse a wide range of social phenomena, drawing on advanced knowledge of current debates, problems and issues at the forefront of sociology.

Teaching, learning and assessment are structured around critical engagement with sociological topics. Students are encouraged to be active participants in seminar discussions and presentations, and to enhance their critical reading, thinking and writing skills.

Students also develop their independent research skills through an individually supervised thesis based on a substantive topic aligned to their interests, needs and goals.

Vision and Values Statement
This academic programme is suitable for full or part-time students who want to pursue a social scientific academic or research career, for professionals or practitioners in the social sciences in the public and private sectors and civil society organisations, and for those who want to develop a broader understanding of everyday life in society, and their place within it. The values underlying the programme are intended to encourage students to be active, independent learners who are critical and reflective about society, and who ideally seek to engage in social change to improve society for all. The learning environment is based on modules in small-group settings designed to encourage and facilitate in-depth discussion about current debates, problems and issues in the field of sociology and related social sciences, and provides students with a range of options to suit their individual interests, training needs and career goals. Teaching, learning and assessment are structured around critical engagement with the material in which students are encouraged to be active participants in seminar discussions and presentations, to enhance their critical reading, thinking and writing skills in written assessments, and to develop their independent research skills through an individually supervised thesis based on a substantive topic aligned to their interests, needs and goals.

Subjects taught

90 credits taught masters - 60 credits taught modules and 30 credit Dissertation.

Core Modules
• Social Theories & Applications
• Sociological Research: Theoretical and Applied Issues
• Dissertation
• Qualitative Research

Option Modules
• Economic Globalisation & Social Change
• Global Migration
• Organised Violence and Society
• Dynamic Social Networks
• Critical Race & Decolonial Theory
• Art, Knowledge & Social Change
• Nationalism & Social Change
• Social Simulation: Methods and Models
• Policing & Social Conflict
• Health, Illness and Society

Please note modules offered may be subject to change.

Entry requirements

Application Deadlines
Students who require Visas March 25th
All other Applicatants June 30th

Applicants should normally have a primary degree in sociology or social science, or a closely related discipline. A Second Class Honours Grade One (2:1) or higher is required but Second Class Honours Grade Two (2:2) standard or equivalent may be considered. Applicants who do not meet the academic requirements but can confirm professional qualifications and/or experience will be considered. Applicants may be called for an interview.

All candidates are expected to be proficient in written and spoken English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must submit evidence of a certificate of proficiency (such as TOEFL, Cambridge or IELTS). Test results must be less than two years old.

These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes

Supporting documentation must be submitted by all students. Applications will not be considered unless all documents are submitted immediately and received by UCD before the closing date. Documents must be uploaded to the Online Applications system.

Application dates

How to apply?
The following entry routes are available:

MA Sociology FT (W438)
Duration 1 Years
Attend Full Time
Deadline Rolling*

MA Sociology PT (W439)
Duration 2 Years
Attend Part Time
Deadline Rolling*

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised.




MA Sociology FT (W438): 1 year full-time
MA Sociology PT (W439): 2 years part-time


MA Sociology (W438) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 7315
nonEU fee per year - € 19900

MA Sociology (W439) Part Time
EU fee per year - € 4760
nonEU fee per year - € 9950

***Fees are subject to change

Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: 2020/2021 September

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Careers & Employability
The UCD School of Sociology Masters programmes are highly regarded by a range of public and private sector employers, national, EU and international institutions and civil society organisations.

The cross-disciplinary content of these programme means there are exciting opportunities for students in a wide and dynamic range of professions including careers in: Media and Public Relations; Policy Analysis and Service Provision; Social, Community and Youth Development; Politics and Civil Society; and in Cultural and Creative Industries.

Past Graduates have taken the following career and development destinations:
• Radio Presenter, Dublin
• English Language Teacher, Japan
• Senior Officer, Public Sector, Dublin
• University Lecturers, Dublin, Belfast, United States
• Community Workers, Belfast, Dublin
• Writer & Editor, Humanitarian Organisation, Wicklow
• International Writer, Producer and Film Maker, Dublin
• Research Analyst, ESRI, Dublin
• Researcher, Royal College of Surgeons
• Founder, Independent Community-Based Research Company, Ireland

A large number of our Graduates continue through to PhD level. Some professions require further training, qualifications or certification.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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