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Sociology - Youth Community & Social Regeneration

This programme aims to equip students with the skills necessary to engage with contemporary theoretical, policy and practice-related issues relating to work and study with young people in the national and international context of community regeneration. The course offers a critical forum where the complexities of social regeneration can be addressed. It builds upon existing research and teaching strengths at undergraduate and postgraduate levels within the Department of Sociology, namely inequality and social exclusion; the welfare state; social change; youth and community, social regeneration and sociological research methods. This programme was shortlisted for the GradIreland Postgraduate Course of the Year in Arts & Humanities in 2018.

Entry requirements

Applicants must normally hold a primary degree in a relevant discipline with First or Second Class Honours (Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland) or an approved equivalent qualification. All applicants will be called for interview.

Applicants who do not meet the academic requirements but who have appropriate professional qualifications and/or professional experience will also be considered. All candidates must be fully proficient in both written and spoken English.

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:

•Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved

•Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above

•TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)

•IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5* with no less than 6 in any one component.

•English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1

•GCE 'O' level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above

•Cambridge Assessment English –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade B

•GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6

Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice.

Duration

1 Year Full-Time Or 2 Years Part-Time

Careers or further progression

Graduate Profile
This MA aims to equip students with the skills necessary to engage with contemporary theoretical, policy and practice-related issues relating to work and study with young people in the national and international context of community regeneration. Facilitating new learning as well as building on established academic, professional and practical experience, a range of teaching and assessment approaches will be utilised. These, combined with excellent research supervision, state-of-the-art training in either qualitative or quantitative methodological skills and a commitment to the collection and dissemination of both national and international examples of best practice in the field will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the key practical and theoretical issues which characterise the field. The cross-disciplinary and cross-institutional nature of the MA encourages intellectual flexibility, strong communication skills and an awareness of the diversity of approaches and experiences which characterise community based research and engagement. Upon completion of the MA students will be well equipped to embark on PhD research in this area and indeed to move from an academic setting into different areas of the labour force across a wide range of career paths. These paths include, but are not limited to, research careers, policy development, youth and community work and professional engagement in the processes of social regeneration.

Further enquiries

Course Director
Dr Martin Power
Tel: +353 61 234968
Email: martin.j.power@ul.ie

Subjects taught

Autumn Semester
• The Sociology of Youth & Community
• Qualitative Research Methods 1 OR
• Quantitative Research Methods 1
• Workshop on dissertation proposal writing
• Governance & Government

Spring Semester
• The Sociology of Regeneration: Theory, Policy and Practice
• Qualitative Research Methods 2 OR
• Quantitative Research Methods 2
• Critical Perspectives on the Sociology of Youth, Community
and Social Regeneration
• Researching Social Change

Summer Semester
• Dissertation (15,000 Words)

Comment

This programme equips students with the skills necessary to engage with contemporary theoretical, policy and practice-related issues relating to work and study with young people in the national and international context of community regeneration.

Application date

What to include with your application

•Qualification transcripts and certificates

•English language qualification(s) if English is not your first
language

•Certified English translation of your transcripts/certificates where the original transcripts are in a language other than English.

•A copy of your birth certificate (long document)

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: 09/Sep/2019

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