What is Sociology? What is Politics? 

You can view a short talk by Prof Mary Corcoran giving an Introduction to the Sociology Degree and a short talk by Prof Mary Murphy giving an Introduction to the Politics Degree

For a slightly different look at what Sociology really is - check out this TikTok introduction to Sociology by Dr. Rebecca King-O'Riain (via Instagram).

It is our goal to make the year enlightening and interesting for you (and therefore for us), but we also want that experience to be as safe and comfortable as possible. You can find out more about our exciting undergraduateMasters and PhD programmes through the relevant pages on our website - and about what you can with a degree in Politics or Sociology, as well as the work of our Centre for the Study of Politics

25th June: End of Year message from the Head of Department, Prof. Seán Ó Riain

Dear students, 

Well done to all of you on your work this year under extraordinary circumstances. Congratulations to all who have completed the year - and especially to our students who have completed their degree in Politics and/or Sociology! We have seen a lot of really excellent work from students over the past nine months despite the many challenges of teaching and learning in the pandemic. We have seen great concern and kindness across the department and the university this year.

If you need to resit some assessments, don't lose heart - there is plenty of time to complete those assessments and enter next year ready for a new start. You will have received an email with more details on repeating and other administrative details. Please read it carefully and of course contact us at sociology.department@mu.ie with any questions or concerns.

Consultation Day is 29th June 9-5pm. The Sociology Department is happy to communicate with students by email or to arrange a Teams or phone call, whichever is most suitable.  Students can email one of the following email addresses with any questions or queries: 

Beir bua

Professor Seán Ó Riain
Department of Sociology
Centre for the Study of Politics
Maynooth University

When we Return ..... 

You can watch a video here on supporting each other when on campus


The Sociology Department is widely acknowledged as a centre of teaching and research excellence as well as an exemplar of public sociology and engagement. 
Maynooth University is a distinctive and stimulating place to learn and to practice the craft of sociology and political analysis. Welcome!

Aithnítear an Roinn Socheolaíochta go forleathan mar lárionad den scoth ó thaobh taighde agus teagasc, chomh maith le mar eiseamláir den rannpháirtíocht agus den tsocheolaíocht phoiblí.  Áit spreagthach faoi leith í an Roinn Socheolaíochta ag Ollscoil Mhá Nuad le bheith ag foghlaim agus le ceird na socheolaíochta agus anailís pholaitiúil a chleachtadh ar chaighdeán ard.  Fáilte!