Sociology - Internet & Society

Increasingly the internet provides an infrastructure for work, socialising, active citizenship and surveillance. This MA aims to provide a learning environment in which students can critically engage with the opportunities and challenges of social life online, and develop an analytical skill set, using advanced digital research methods to interrogate life online.

Entry requirements

A Bachelor of Arts in sociology or cognate discipline with 2.2 or higher, or international equivalent is required. For international students whose first language is not English, an English language exam certificate showing IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required.


MHY56 1 year Full-time

Careers or further progression

Graduates of this course will be able to interface with programmers and designers and with those working on the deep statistical analysis of user data. There is a demand for digitally literate graduates who understand the social, cultural, political, legal and business aspects of transnational online users and communities.

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Subjects taught

Course Structure
Modules include the political economy and cultures of the internet; information technology and privacy law and advanced digital research methods.


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.

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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