Time to take the next step as a social scientist?

To lay the foundation for careers in social and public affairs, public policy, media and communications, and many more?

How about a Masters in Sociology at Ireland’s premier Sociology Department.
 
Sociology at Maynooth University is home to many of Ireland's leading sociologists. Our MA Sociology programmes are enriched by the international expertise and proven research track record of our faculty in studies across a wide range of areas of social life. We are also committed to public sociology and to working to bring sociological perspectives to bear on contemporary social issues.

MAs are of one year duration and include a research thesis which is submitted during the summer. Candidates take six modules and write a dissertation of approx.20,000 words under the guidance of a designated supervisor. The 90 credits for the M.A. are made up of 60 credits awarded for taught modules and 30 credits for the dissertation. Some modules are compulsory.

You will refine your research skills and follow a specialised area of study in one of a number of areas, including:
 
a. Politics and Society
b. Changing Lives and Relationships
c. Societies in Transition
d. Internet and Society (available in 2020-21)

For informal inquiries please contact the MA co-ordinator Prof. Jane Gray jane.gray@mu.ie .

The Department runs two core MAs

1) MA Sociology: Societies in Transition [MHY54] - Contact: Prof. Jane Gray

Please Click on the MA Societies in Transition tab below

Apply to this MA if you are interested in any of:

a. Politics and Society
b. Changing Lives and Relationships
c. Societies in Transition

2) MA Sociology: Internet and Society [MHY56] - Contact Dr. Aphra Kerr - aphra.kerr@mu.ie
Not offered in 2019-20 but returning in 2020-21

Further information below, and from our graduate studies pages. 

Applying

The deadlines for applications to taught MAs vary - from 30th June - August - so please check PAC and contact the Sociology Department if there is any ambiguity. 

Students with a high second class honours degree in Sociology or a related discipline will be considered. In certain cases we will call applicants for interview.

All applications should be made through the  PAC system

Further information below, and from our graduate studies pages.

See our people pages to find out more about our staff and our research pages to see ongoing activities. Follow our department twitter account (@MU_Sociology) for news and updates.​​

Scholarships

There are two main types: 

1) A number of scholarships worth €2,000 are made available to students each year who have a minimum 2:1 grade. The deadline for scholarship applications is the 15th of Jun. See here for more details

2) Maynooth alumni Scholarships worth €5,000 are made available to students with a minimum degree result of 65%. The deadline for these scholarship applications is the 15th of June. See here for more details

For more on fees, scholarships etc, including for international students see here

Careers in Sociology: Our graduates

Our graduates end up in a wide variety of careers.