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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.

Entry requirements

Applicants possessing a 2:1 degree or equivalent in Sociology, Social Science or a cognate discipline will be eligible to apply for this course. Applicants with a 2.2 degree will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Applicants must have obtained a minimum of a Second Class Honours Grade I (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 Second Class Honours Grade II will also be considered subject to a written expression of interest and/or interview acceptable to the department selection committee.


1 year, full-time

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.

Unique Aspects of the 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:

civil service
social services
health care
public administration

Further enquiries

Dr. Kieran Keohane
P: + 353 21 490 2836 / 490 2318

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)


Course Practicalities.
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.

Assessment method

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 2017-18 intake are now open.

While UCC operates a rounds system for Postgraduate Taught courses (detailed below) we would advise you to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of Applications: Offers will be made:

For all completed applications received by January 16th 2017 Offers will be made by January 30th 2017

For all completed applications received by March 1st 2017 Offers will be made by March 15th 2017

For all completed applications received by May 1st 2017 Offers will be made by May 15th 2017

For all completed applications received by July 3rd 2017 Offers will be made by July 17th 2017

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

Non-EU Applicants:

Please visit the following page for further information for Non EU applicants

Course fee

2017/2018 Irish/EU Fee: €6,000 full-time

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 11 September 2017

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