In a time of crisis and uncertainty we search for an understanding of the world around us - in our teaching, research and public engagement. We offer a vibrant social and intellectual community that is networked into other departments and institutions at Maynooth University and the community of sociology and politics scholars worldwide. 

The longest established Sociology Department on the island of Ireland we offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in sociology and established an undergraduate degree in politics in 2007.

We were honoured to host a visit from the President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins, himself a sociologist, on the occasion of our seventy-fifth anniversary in 2012. President Higgins has spoken of the need for “vision, foresight and bold strategies” to enable us “to navigate successfully through today’s troubled, uncertain and probably uncharted waters.”

Here at Maynooth University we seek to equip our students with the necessary resources and skills- intellectual, methodological, communicative and active citizenship- to take on these challenges.

Find out more about the difference that our graduates make in the world on our graduate profile pages. You can also view a short video featuring some of our graduates below.

Find out more about the history of sociology, our research, public engagement and publications by checking out the sections below.

Fáilte and welcome to Sociology at Maynooth University !