Sociology - Applied Social Research

The MA in Sociology (Applied Social Research) is a one year full time, two year part time interdisciplinary programme. It equips students with valued research and communications skills and a solid foundation in key social issues. The course focus is on sociological research methods, and the intention is to produce graduates skilled in a variety of up-to-date research methodologies, ready to embark on research careers in the private, public, voluntary or academic spheres.

Key Fact
This MA programme is designed for those seeking careers in social research in government agencies, voluntary-sector organisations, private enterprises and academia.

Subjects taught

Autumn Semester
Quantitative Research Methods 1,
Qualitative Research methods 1
Researching Social Exclusion,

Spring Semester
Quantitative Research Methods 2 or Qualitative Research methods 2
Researching Social Change

Summer Semester
Dissertation (15,000 words)

The Full-time cohort undertake three modules in semester 1 and in semester 2 and complete a dissertation by the end of August. Part-time students undertake two modules in semester 1, and one or two modules in the following semesters until six modules have been completed and start working on the dissertation in the first semester. Two mini module are also offered.

Entry requirements

The basic requirement is a first or second-class Honours degree in sociology or a cognate area or an approved equivalent qualification or an equivalent capability based on prior substantial relevant experience (Primary Degree: Level 8- National Qualifications Authority of Ireland). Applicants may be required to submit a portfolio of work and undergo an interview.

Application dates

What to Include with your Application

Qualification transcripts and certificates
A copy of your birth certificate (long document)
If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice
If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:
• English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
• English language competency certificate


1 Year Full-Time OR 2 Years Part-Time

Enrolment dates

Start Date: 09/Sep/2019

Post Course Info

Graduate Profile
Opportunities for the graduates exist in research in the public, voluntary and private sectors.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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