Social Studies - Applied - Research

Interested individuals are encouraged to make an informal approach to the Department to discuss their proposal and establish an initial fit between their interests and the Department's research priorities and expertise. Formally, an applicant wishing to undertake a research degree should submit a research proposal in writing of 3,000– 4,000 words and consult with the Department on the general suitability of the research topic.

Students undertake a number of taught modules to support them in working towards the completion of an independent research project, resulting in a thesis. Students receive support in research related skills, and supervision from staff with expertise in their field.

Entry requirements

Normally applicants are required to have a minimum 2.1 in their undergraduate degree and to submit a research proposal of 3,000–4,000 words and consult with the Department on the general suitability of the research topic. For international students whose first language is not English, an English language exam certificate showing IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required.


MHB02 PhD 4 years Full-time
MHB03 PhD 6 years Part-time
MHB04 MLitt by Research 2 years Full-time
MHB05 MLitt by Research 3 years Part-time

Further enquiries

Contact us about this course
Programme Co-ordinator: Joe Larragy
Tel; +353 (0)1 708 3743
Fax: +353 (0)1 708 3744
Email: /
Web: applied-social-studies


Since its inception in 1981, the Department has earned an unrivalled reputation for its education and training with graduates occupying positions at all levels in community organisations, youth projects, social justice, equality and human rights initiatives, local national and international NGOs, local and national authorities and institutions.

Application date

All applications should be made through the PAC system.

Research areas

Research Interests
Research interests include equality and human rights, racism, ethnicity, women's studies, ageism, youth work and youth studies, community development and community work, criminal justice policy and Irish, comparative and European social policy.

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.

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