Sociology - Youth Community & Social Regeneration

Key programme benefits to future students
This programme equips students with the skills necessary to engage with contemporary theoretical, policy and practice-related issues relating to work and study with young people in the national and international context of community regeneration.

It includes an Internship where students undertake a placement in the field of Youth Work or Community Development.

The MA programme includes field trips each semester to a variety of NGOs working in the areas of youth, community development and social regeneration.

Subjects taught

Autumn Modules
• Practitioner-Led Workshops on Youth and Community Development Management
• Preparing for the Student Internship
• Sociology of Community and Community Development
• State and Society: Political Sociology in Action

Spring Modules
• Youth Crime
• Practitioner-Led Seminars: Critical Perspectives On The Sociology Of Youth, Community And Social Regeneration
• The Sociology Of Regeneration: Theory, Policy And Practice
• Youth Sociology

Summer Modules
• MA, Youth, Community and Social
Regeneration Student Internship

Entry requirements

Applicants must normally hold a primary degree in a relevant discipline with First or Second Class Honours (Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland) or an approved equivalent qualification.

All applicants will undertake an interview. Interviews will, usually, take place in March/April of each year for entry in the following September.

Applicants who do not meet the academic requirements but who have appropriate professional qualifications and/or professional experience will also be considered.

All candidates must be fully proficient in both written and spoken English.

All applicants must include a detailed personal statement on why they think they are suited to the course, outlining in particular, any experience they may have of volunteering and/or of working in the NGO or youth and community sectors.

What to include with your application
Qualification transcripts and certificates
A copy of your birth certificate (long document)
All applicants should submit a personal statement outlining their motivations for applying for a place on this programme. Please include details of any previous or current volunteering experience in the Youth and/or Community sectors.

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

Application dates

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

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 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.

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Graduate careers
Graduates pursue careers in research, policy development, youth and community work and professional engagement in the processes of social regeneration.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Daytime,Full time,Part time

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