Sociology & Data Analytics
Key programme benefits to future students
The combination of high level training in research methods and robust exposure to core topics in Sociology and the Social Sciences will set graduates up for a wide variety of careers in both the Public and Private sector.
Students will learn how to understand the role of social relations in the structuring of world society.
Students will learn how to understand key ethical issues in conducting sociological and social science research as well as developing key data analysis skills utilising up to date methodology and software.
• Qualitative Research Methods 1
• Quantitative Research Methods 1
• MSc Dissertation Workshop Proposal
Researching Social Exclusion | Life Chances: Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility in Contemporary Society | Sociology of Popular Culture 2 | Introduction to Sociological Criminology | Contemporary Issues in Sociological Thought | Sociology of Families and the Life Course | Selected Issues in Gender, Culture AND Society.
• Quantitative Research Methods 2
• Qualitative Research Methods 2
Researching Social Exclusion | Life Chances: Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility in Contemporary Society | Sociology of Popular Culture 2 | Introduction to Sociological Criminology | Contemporary Issues in Sociological Thought | Urban Sociology and Stratification of Place | Sociology of Families and the Life Course | Selected Issues in Gender, Culture AND Society | MSc Dissertation Research module.
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- QQI). Applicants may be required to submit a portfolio of work and undergo an interview.
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
Preparing your Application:
1. Research your programme: Each postgraduate programme at University of Limerick is unique. Explore your course content, duration, fees, and entry requirements on ul.ie.
2. Check Eligibility: Ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria for the course you are interested in. This usually includes your undergraduate degree award, subject specialities, English language proficiency (for non-native speakers), and any specific requirements for the course.
3. Prepare Documents: Gather all the necessary documents. This typically includes your academic transcripts, CV, personal statement, and references. If English is not your first language, you’ll also need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency.
4. Online Application: Once you are ready to apply, visit your postgraduate programme page on ul.ie/gps and use the Apply Now button to access UL’s online application system. You will need to create an account if you are a new user.
5. Complete the Application: Fill in the application form with all the required details. This will include personal information and academic history.
6. Upload Documents: Upload all the necessary documents that you prepared earlier. Make sure they are clear and legible.
7. Submit Application: Review your application thoroughly to ensure all information is correct and then submit your application. The application fee for your postgraduate application is €50. This includes an option to choose a second choice.
8. Track Your Application: After submission, you can track the status of your application through the online application system.
9. Interview: Depending on the programme, you may be invited for an interview. This could be in person or online.
10. Acceptance: If your application is successful, you will receive an offer email from the university. You will need to accept this offer to secure your place.
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and places offered to successful candidates. This means that it’s a good idea to apply as early as possible to increase your chances of securing a place.
Please note that these steps are a general guide and the exact process may vary depending on the specific programme and your individual circumstances. Always check the University of Limerick website or contact the postgraduate admissions department for the most accurate and up-to-date information.
1 year full-time, 2 years part-time, on-campus.
Post Course Info
Opportunities for the graduates exist in research in the public, the voluntary and the private sectors.