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MSocSc Sociology

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

The MSocSc Sociology programme provides a broad range of cutting-edge analytical and research skills to better understand significant social issues and problems in contemporary society, and how to act to change them.

- The MSocSc Sociology programme has been designed for students who want to pursue a social scientific academic or research career, and for those who want to develop a broader understanding of everyday life in society, and their place within it.

- It is highly regarded by prospective employers and will enable students to attain a competitive advantage in the job market.

- A variety of exciting modules are taught by some of the country's leading sociologists, providing students with first rate research and analytical skills and the foundation for future career development.

Course Description
Students will develop a range of conceptual, analytical and methodological skills that will enable them to identify, describe and analyse a wide range of social phenomena, drawing on advanced knowledge of current debates, problems and issues at the forefront of sociology.

Teaching, learning and assessment are structured around critical engagement with sociological topics. Students are encouraged to be active participants in seminar discussions and presentations, and to enhance their critical reading, thinking and writing skills.

Students also develop their independent research skills through an individually supervised thesis based on a substantive topic aligned to their interests, needs and goals.

This Programme is suitable for graduates with a primary degree in Sociology or Social Science or a closely related discipline, such as psychology, philosophy, human geography, history, politics, and economics, who want to develop their social analysis skills. It is designed for national and international students, both recent graduates as well as people who want to take time out from employment or who wish to study on a part-time basis.

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have a primary degree in sociology or social science, or a closely related discipline. A Second Class Honours Grade One (2:1) or higher is required but Second Class Honours Grade Two (2:2) standard or equivalent may be considered. Applicants who do not meet the academic requirements but can confirm professional qualifications and/or experience will be considered. Applicants may be called for an interview.

All candidates are expected to be proficient in written and spoken English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must submit evidence of a certificate of proficiency (such as TOEFL, Cambridge or IELTS). Test results must be less than two years old.


Supporting documentation must be submitted by all students. Applications will not be considered unless all documents are submitted immediately and received by UCD before the closing date. Documents must be uploaded to the Online Applications system.


1 year full-time W046, 2 years part-time W106.

Number of credits


Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities
The UCD School of Sociology Masters programmes are highly regarded by a range of public and private sector employers, national, EU and international institutions and civil society organisations.

The cross-disciplinary content of these programme means there are exciting opportunities for students in a wide and dynamic range of professions including careers in: Media and Public Relations; Policy Analysis and Service Provision; Social, Community and Youth Development; Politics and Civil Society; and in Cultural and Creative Industries.

Past Graduates have taken the following career and development destinations:
Radio Presenter, Dublin
English Language Teacher, Japan
Senior Officer, Public Sector, Dublin
University Lecturers, Dublin, Belfast, United States
Community Workers, Belfast, Dublin
Writer & Editor, Humanitarian Organisation, Wicklow
International Writer, Producer and Film Maker, Dublin
Research Analyst, ESRI, Dublin
Researcher, Royal College of Surgeons
Founder, Independent Community-Based Research Company, Ireland

A large number of our Graduates continue through to PhD level. Some professions require further training, qualifications or certification

Related Programmes
MSocSc Sociology FT

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Caroline Sheehan
Contact Number: +353 (0) 1716 8674

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
Sociological Research: theoretical and applied issues
Cultural Theories&Applications

Stage 1 - Option
Policing & Social Conflict
Advanced Workshop on the Analysis of Qualitative Research and on Evaluation
Economic Globalisation and Social Change
Health, Illness and Society
Workshop in Qualitative Research
Race, Space and Place
Ethnicity and Nationalism
Social Simulation: Methods and Models
Social Economic & Political...
Global Migration
Organised Violence and Society
Dynamic Social Networks
Analytical Sociology & Applications
Computational Sociology & Complex Data Applications
Art, Knowledge & Social Change
Everyday Nationhood in Comparative Perspective
Quantitative Data Analytics & Applications

Application date

Application Deadlines
Students who require Visas March 25th
All other Applicatants June 30th

Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Part Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

The following entry routes are available:

MSocSc Sociology FT (W046)
Duration 1 Years
Attendance Full Time
Deadline Rolling *

MSocSc Sociology PT (W106)
Duration 2 Years
Attendance Part Time
Deadline Rolling *

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake:2018/2019 September

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