Sociology - Research

The Department has a national and international reputation for teaching excellence and a vibrant research culture. We provide research students with high quality research training in a lively intellectual atmosphere and encourage our students to make a contribution to the advancement of sociology and related disciplines, and to the understanding and well being of contemporary society.

Entry requirements

Minimum 2.1 degree in BA or MA in sociology or related subject is required. Applications with equivalent learning are also welcomed. For international students whose first language is not English, an English language exam certificate showing IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required. Applicants are advised to contact the Department to discuss their research topic before submitting a required research proposal of 7-10 pages duration. Please see course website for further details


MHY02 PhD 4 years Full-time
MHY03 PhD 6 years Part-time
MHY04 MLitt by Research 2 years Full-time
MHY05 MLitt by Research 3 years Part-time

Further enquiries

Programme Director: Dr Rebecca King-ORiain
Tel: +353 (0)1 708 3941
Fax: +353 (0)1 708 3528


Sociology at Maynooth University prioritises a vibrant research culture. Established over 75 years ago, Sociology at Maynooth provides postgraduate students with high quality research training in a lively intellectual atmosphere. We actively promote students' professional involvement in academic life and ensure that students will make a contribution to the advancement of knowledge and to the understanding and wellbeing of contemporary societies.

Application date

All applications should be made through the PAC system.

Research areas

Research Interests
Research activity in the Department includes: critical political thought, activism and alternative futures; globalisation, identities and cultural practices; historical and comparative sociology; political economy, work and working lives; and urban/suburban studies.

Course fee

In general, there are two levels of fees payable. EU students from EU countries including Ireland pay a subsidised level of fees for both taught courses and research programmes. Tuition fees for students from outside the EU are not subsidised and are thus somewhat higher than for EU students.

Remember to mention gradireland when contacting institutions!