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Sociology - Research

The School welcomes applications from prospective PhD and Research Masters students who wish to undertake research in sociology. We are very pleased to consider applications in any area of sociology in which we can provide appropriate supervision.

The School has exciting and diverse PhD and MLitt programmes which have been extensively revised in recent years. There are new taught components that provide greater structure and professional training, but the emphasis remains on students completing a major, independent piece of research that makes a significant contribution to sociological knowledge.

The PhD in Sociology is awarded following the completion of 270 credits, comprising 240 credits for the thesis and a further 30 credits of taught modules. This is normally a 3 year full-time or 5-6 year part-time programme.

The MLitt in Sociology is awarded following the completion of 180 credits, comprising 150 credit for the thesis and a further 30 credits of taught modules. This is normally a 2 year programme.

In advance of making your application you should read through the Application Procedures, and make contact with a member of staff whose area of research you think most closely relates to your area of research to discuss your proposal. For information on research areas of staff please click here. It is important that you send them a clear outline of your draft research proposal, cv, and copy of transcripts. We strongly recommend that a member of staff reads and reviews your final proposal before you make you application to the School.

Entry requirements

Applicants must normally have a first or upper second-class honours primary degree and/or masters degree, or the equivalent. In circumstances where examination results are not known at the time of application, the School of Sociology may make a Conditional Offer subject to receiving a complete and final transcript confirming that the applicant has met the above requirements. Notarised English translations, as well as the original transcript, should be provided where relevant giving details of all courses taken and examination marks obtained.

Transcripts can usually be obtained from one of the following offices, or their equivalent: the Registrar, faculty, or department/school of the applicant's institution. All transcripts must be appropriately stamped or endorsed. Please see Application Form for fuller details.
•2 academic references. From referees acquainted with the candidate's academic work and who are prepared to write on their behalf. These references MUST be provided in a sealed envelope. The envelope should be signed across the seal by the referee and sent to the School of Sociology along with all other original documentation, in one application package. A reference sent independently of the application will not be accepted. One exception, a member of the UCD School of Sociology may submit directly to the School.

•Candidate's curriculum vitae / resumé.

•Covering letter outlining the candidate's reasons for choosing to apply to UCD School of Sociology and our research programme.

•Writing Sample. Comprising one of the following: the candidate's completed Masters thesis, 2-3 draft chapters if thesis is not yet submitted, samples of published work or other relevant written work.

•English Language Proficiency. Candidates whose primary language is not English, must provide a certificate of proficiency in the English language (such as TOEFL, Cambridge or IELTS). Results must be less than 2 years old. Please see the university's International Office link for full details.

•Copy of birth certificate or relevant pages from the candidate's passport to confirm their official name and date of birth (non UCD applicants only).

Applications will be evaluated by a School Selection Board on the basis of their excellence, originality and potential. Applications will also be evaluated and ranked by the Board according to the following criteria and must not exceed the stated word limits below.

Comprehensive research proposal (a) - (d) below

(a) Description of the PhD/MLitt proposal (no more than 500 words). This should include a brief outline of how the candidate sees his/her project developing from year to year.
(b) Location of the proposed project within the current state of research and bibliography in the area (no more than 500 words)
(c) Relative significance of the contribution that the proposed project will make to the area (no more than 500 words)
(d) Methodology (no more than 400 words)
(e) The candidate's record and academic achievements (no more than 250 words)

Duration

W149/W150 PhD: 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time.
W123 MLitt 2 years full-time

Further enquiries

For further academic enquiries please contact:
Dr Alice Feldman
Email: alice.feldman@ucd.ie

•Other enquiries about the PhD/MLitt programmes please contact our Postgraduate Administrator:
Lucia Suchorova
Email: lucia.suchorova@ucd.ie or
Phone: +353 (0)1 716 8674

Application date

Structured PhD & Structured Research Masters (MLitt)

Application Form and Deadlines

•Application Form

•Registration periods are at the beginning of: September, January or May.

•The School strongly recommends entering the programme in September, which is the beginning of the academic year.

•Applications should be made at least 4-5 months prior to the Registration deadline.

•Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application following an assessment process which takes approximately 10 weeks.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Application Procedures for PhD & MLitt in Sociology

Applications will be accepted from suitably qualified applicants regardless of nationality or residence. Applicants, however, must make their own visa/consular arrangements to ensure that they are eligible to reside in Ireland for the duration of their studies.

Applicants must complete the application form and include the relevant supporting documentation and original transcripts of their full academic record.

In advance of making your application you should read through the entry requirements below, and make contact with a member of staff whose area of research you think most closely relates to your area of research to discuss your proposal. Here you will find their research details. It is important that you send them a clear outline of your draft research proposal, cv, and copy of transcripts. We strongly recommend that a member of staff reads and reviews your final proposal before you make your application to the School.

Submission
1.Complete the Application Form‌
2.Email the completed application form and supporting documentation (except references) to:
Lucia Suchorova at lucia.suchorova@ucd.ie

3.Post all original documentation (including references) to:

Lucia Suchorova
Newman Building (Room D419)
University College Dublin
Belfield, Dublin 4. Ireland

Tel: +353 1 716 8674
Email: lucia.suchorova@ucd.ie

The School of Sociology reserves the right to revise these application procedures at any time

Research areas

Structured PhD Programme – School of Sociology

The UCD Structured PhD aims to enable PhD students to achieve the best possible experience of graduate research and training. Making a substantial and original contribution to knowledge, normally leading to peer-reviewed publications, remains the core objective of doctoral studies. The Structured PhD includes several innovative measures designed to support you in achieving your academic and professional objectives, which are outlined below.

Doctoral Studies Panel
The School of Sociology will appoint a Doctoral Studies Panel for you at the beginning of your first year. The purpose of the Doctoral Studies Panel is to support and enhance the supervisor-student relationship, to monitor your progress during the course of your doctoral studies and to provide advice and support both to you and your supervisor(s). See Link to Academic Regulations below for more information.

Research and Professional Development Plan (RPDP)
Research and professional development planning is an integral part of the Structured PhD programme at UCD. The purpose of such planning is to ensure that your work is clearly focused on achieving your research and professional development goals. This will play a major part in informing the trajectory of your PhD research and in your training and development as a researcher. For further information on the RPDP please website.

Transferable Skills Training
As a PhD graduate, your skill-set will naturally include the advanced research and analytical techniques required to undertake high level research in your field. You will also be expected to possess a range of transferable skills, relevant to the successful completion of your research project and to broader career development. Taught modules, online modules and workshops covering a wide range of transferable skills and research skills topics are available to assist you. Please visit Research Student Training and Development for further information.

Credits and Modules
The UCD Structured PhD operates within a credit-based framework (270 credits for 3-year full-time, or 5-6 year part-time PhD). Of that 270 credits, you must earn 30 credits by attending taught modules that develop your academic and transferable skills. Please see Masters modules available under our "Masters Programmes" in the left hand column.

The School runs PhD/MLitt Roundtable modules in research and theory (2.5 credits per semester) which students are encouraged to take. Students may also take modules from within the School's taught Masters Programmes (10 credits per module) or from other programmes within the College of Social Sciences and Law, including a wide range of modules in research methods.

Progression
Doctoral studies, which are normally completed by full-time students within three years, comprise two stages:

Stage 1 is a period when you define your research plan, develop your research skills and initiate original research work for your doctorate. For doctoral students progression from Stage 1 to Stage 2 normally occurs within the first 12-18 months (or 24-36 months for part-time students).

Stage 2 is primarily dedicated to continuing your original doctoral research but may also include some advanced education and training.

Further information can be found in Section 18 of the Academic Regulations (see link below)

Academic Regulations
The regulations governing the UCD Structured PhD Programme are available (see webpage below)

UCD Research Ethics
Regulations governing UCD Research Ethics are available (see webpage below)

Further Information

For further information, please contact the School's Director of Graduate Studies, Dr Alice Feldman at alice.feldman@ucd.ie

Structured Research Masters (MLitt) Programme – School of Sociology

The core of the Research Masters degree is a coherent programme of supervised research which requires that the student completes a thesis based on independent research. The primary purpose of this programme is to help the student develop the skills and competencies required to conduct research.

The MLitt in the School of Sociology aims to enable Research students to achieve the best possible experience of graduate research and training. The School encourages MLitt students to given seminar and conference presentations based on their research and to have their work published. The programme includes several innovative measures designed to support you in achieving your academic and professional objectives, which are outlined below.

Research Masters Panel
The School of Sociology will appoint a Research Masters Panel for you at the beginning of your first year. The purpose of the Research Masters Panel is to support and enhance the supervisor-student relationship, to monitor your progress during the course of your doctoral studies and to provide advice and support both to you and your supervisor(s). It follows the same format as a Doctoral Studies Panel for a PhD student. See link to Academic Regulations below for more information.

Research and Professional Development Plan (RPDP)
Research and professional development planning is an integral part of the MLitt programme at UCD. The purpose of such planning is to ensure that your work is clearly focused on achieving your research and professional development goals. This will play a major part in informing the trajectory of your research and in your training and development as a researcher. For further information on the RPDP please click here.

Transferable Skills Training
As a Research graduate, your skill-set will naturally include the advanced research and analytical techniques required to undertake high level research in your field. You will also be expected to possess a range of transferable skills, relevant to the successful completion of your research project and to broader career development. Taught modules, online modules and workshops covering a wide range of transferable skills and research skills topics are available to assist you. Please visit Research Student Training and Development for further information.

Credits and Modules
The UCD Structured PhD & Research Masters (MLitt) operate within a credit-based framework (270 credits for 3-year full-time, or 5-6 year part-time PhD and 180 credits for 2-year full-time MLitt). Of the 180 credits for the MLitt you must earn 30 credits by attending taught modules that develop your academic and transferable skills. Please see Masters modules available under our "Masters Programmes" in left hand column.

The School runs PhD/MLitt Roundtable modules in research and theory (2.5 credits per semester) which students are encouraged to take. Students may also take modules from within the School's taught Masters Programmes (10 credits per module) or from other programmes within the College of Social Sciences and Law, including a wide range of modules in research methods.

Transfer from Research Masters to PhD Degree

Research Masters students may transfer to Stage Two of a doctoral programme on successful completion of a transfer assessment following a minimum one calendar year period of registration to the Research masters degree programme and subject to any policy the University may establish. Further information and guidelines regarding doctoral programmes may be found in Sections 11 – 22 of the University Academic Regulations (Please see link to Academic Regulations below.)

Note on PhD Progress from Stage 1 to Stage 2
Doctoral studies, which are normally completed by full-time students within three years, comprise two stages:

Stage 1 is a period when you define your research plan, develop your research skills and initiate original research work for your doctorate. For doctoral students progression from Stage 1 to Stage 2 normally occurs within the first 12-18 months (or 24-36 months for part-time student).

Stage 2 is primarily dedicated to continuing your original doctoral research but may also include some advanced education and training.

Academic Regulations:
The regulations governing the UCD Structured PhD Programme and Research Masters are available HERE

UCD Research Ethics:
Regulations governing UCD Research Ethics are available HERE

Further Information

For further information, please contact the School's Director of Graduate Studies, Dr Alice Feldman: alice.feldman@ucd.ie

Course fee

PhD and Research Masters (MLitt) for 2019/20:

EU: fee per year - €6,325 (full-time)
EU: fee per year - €4,180 (part-time)
non-EU: fee per year - €12,180 (full-time)

Fees are subject to change

Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website.
Please note that the School of Sociology is under the College of Social Sciences and Law.

Enrolment and start dates

The School strongly recommends entering the programme in September, which is the beginning of the academic year

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