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Comparative Social Change

MSc Comparative Social Change

Graduate Taught (level 9 NFQ credits 90)

The MSc Comparative Social Change is a one year full time programme which is jointly delivered by Trinity's Department of Sociology and the School of Sociology at UCD. It provides students with the theoretical frameworks and practical research skills necessary to understand the processes and pressing issues presented by global social change.

The programme uses the recent experience of Irish social change in a comparative European and global context to provide training in substantive topics relating to issues of comparative social change.

The MSc has a strong international dimension drawing on rich and informative experiences from Ireland, Europe and further afield particularly India, China and Brazil (BRICs).

The programme provides advanced training in conceptualising, designing and conducting comparative research, across countries, and examines the role that this can play in policy development.

Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

The MSc Comparative Social Change 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 the skills required to critically explore the social, cultural and economic forces that drive social change today.

Course Description
The MSc Comparative Social Change has been developed by the Department of Sociology at Trinity College and the School of Sociology at University College Dublin to critically explore the social, cultural and economic forces that drive social change today.

The programme aims to develop students' knowledge of major social change issues, such as globalisation, the changing roles of women and the interrelated areas of migration, education and employment, and to offer insights into the different forms they take across states.

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.


1 year full-time

Number of credits


Careers or further progression

The MSc Comparative Social Change is particularly relevant for students who are interested in pursuing careers in the public and private sector, international institutions and civil society organisations. Students receive a solid academic training in social change issues - such as gender, education and the labour market - which can be applied to real-world problems. This training has the potential to open up career opportunities in fields such as research, policy development and advocacy.

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Iarfhlaith Watson
Contact Number:+353 1 716 8569

Subjects taught

Students are required to accumulate 90 credits in total. The taught part of the course, worth 60 ECTS, is comprised of three core modules and three optional modules. In addition, students complete a dissertation, not exceeding 20,000 words, which counts for 30 ECTS.

Stage 1 - Core

Introduction to Comparative Social Change: Concepts and Cases SOC40810

Research Methods(MSc) SOC40840

Globalisation & Soc Change MSc SOC40850

Dissertation Soc Change MSc SOC40920

Stage 1 - Option

Migration, Labour, Conflict MS SOC40820

The Migration Challenge: Comparative Educational Perspectives (TCD) SOC40860

Everyday Nationhood in Comparative Perspective MSc SOC40880

Economic Globalisation and Social Change MSc SOC40890

Comparing Healthcare Systems MSc SOC40900

Gender and Soc Change MSc SOC40910

Application date

MSc Comparative Social Change FT (W360)
Duration 1 Years
Attendance Full 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:2017/2018 September

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