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Sociology

Course Outline
UCC's highly-regarded MA in Sociology gives you the opportunity to study a range of topics including: social theory and methodology, globalization, sustainable development, family and gender, borders, health, and the sociology of the public sphere.

The course will help you to develop your critical-thinking skills, design and conduct your own research project, identify key sociological issues, and engage effectively with the wider academic community.

Who teaches this course
In the most recent research quality review in UCC, the Department of Sociology was ranked among the top 15 per cent of sociology departments in the UK and US for the quality of their research.

Our staff are recognised for their outstanding research and publications record. Five members of staff have been awarded UCC CACSSS Research Achievement Awards. Members of staff in Sociology are currently conducting research projects funded by the European Union, the Irish Research Council and other research bodies.

Research from the Department of Sociology is regularly featured in the national and international media.

Why Choose This Course
The MA Sociology is aimed at people who are looking for professional growth and new career options.

This course prepares you for doctoral studies in the social sciences, or employment in various sectors including:

media
civil service
education
social services
health care
public administration
NGOs

Entry requirements

Applicants must have obtained a minimum of a 2H1 (or equivalent) degree in sociology, law, politics, psychology, history, applied social studies, anthropology, geography, economics, study of religions, media studies, communication, government, public policy, criminal justice, environment and planning, criminology, European studies, women studies, early childhood studies, cultural studies, political studies, international relations or another subject relevant to the study of Sociology. Candidates who hold a primary degree with a 2H2 will also be considered subject to a written expression of interest and/or interview acceptable to the department selection committee.

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests.

Non-EU Candidates

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language.

Duration

1 year, full-time

In teaching periods 1 and 2, you will have a mandatory two-hour graduate seminar on theory/methodology. Mandatory seminars are generally timetabled on Tuesday afternoons after 4pm. The timetabling of optional seminars changes from year to year but most are scheduled between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday. Some seminars are run on a weekly basis while others are run using a one-day workshop format.

Careers or further progression

Skills and Careers Information
This course gives you the opportunity to develop a range of analytical and critical-thinking skills as part of a lively academic community. Throughout the year, the Department hosts distinguished visiting speakers. You will also get the opportunity to participate in a wide range of stimulating scholarly events and conferences hosted by the Department, including the prestigious Theory and Philosophy Summer School held each year in May in UCC.

This course prepares you for doctoral studies in the social sciences, or employment in various sectors including:
media
civil service
education
social services
health care
public administration
NGOs

Further enquiries

Dr. Myles Balfe
m.balfe@ucc.ie
+ 353 21 490 5144 / 490 2318
https://www.ucc.ie/en/sociology/study/

Subjects taught

The course is divided into two sections: parts A and B.

Part A

Compulsory modules:

SC6608 Social Theory

SC6614 Sociological Methodology.

You will also choose three optional modules from a list including:

SC6623 Globalisation and Culture

SC6624 Civilization and Globalisation

SC6625 Formations of Gender, Race, Ethnicity, and Class in Contemporary Ireland

SC6626 Sociology of the Public Sphere

SC6627 Social Pathology and Civic Health

SC6631 Sociology of Sustainable Development

SC6638 Borders and Social Justice

Part B

SC6615 Dissertation (20,000 words)

For further details on the programme curriculum and module descriptions, see the Postgraduate College Calendar

**All Applicants please note: modules listed in the course outline above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course, but these are subject to change from year to year. Please check the college calendar for the full academic content of any given course for the current year.

In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools and departments.

Assessment method

Assessment
Assessment is conducted through the grading of five graduate module papers. The word limit for the Social Theory paper is 3,000. The word limit for all other papers including Methodology is 5,000. These marks are combined with the student's grades on their final thesis (PART B) in order to determine an overall result.

Application date

Applications for 2019 start dates will open on November 1st 2018.

EU Applicants: UCC operates a rounds closing date system for the majority of postgraduate taught courses, which means we offer places four times a year on a rolling basis. Some courses have one specific closing date, please check your course prospectus page for this information.

The UCC rounds EU application system closing dates for postgraduate taught courses are below. We advise applicants to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of Applications:

For all completed applications received by January 11th 2019
Offers will be made:Offers will be made by January 25th 2019

For all completed applications received by March 1st 2019
Offers will be made: Offers will be made by March 15th 2019

For all completed applications received by May 1st 2019
Offers will be made: Offers will be made by May 15th 2019

For all completed applications received by July 1st 2019
Offers will be made: Offer will be made by July 15th 2019

Late applications may be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for any courses that have remaining capacity for places.

While there is no official closing date for Research courses applicants are advised to submit their application at least two months ahead of their proposed start date. There are four official Research start dates – September/October, January, April and July.

Non-EU Applicants:

Please visit the following page for further information for Non EU applicants http://www.ucc.ie/en/international/studyatucc/postgraduateprogrammes/tau...

The closing date for non-EU applications is 15th June

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: 9 September 2019

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