*Our taught Masters programmes will not be running in academic year 2024/25*

Time to take the next step as a social scientist? To lay the foundation for careers in social and public affairs, public policy, research, media and communications, and many more? How about a Masters in Sociology at our leading national and international Sociology Department? 

We are delighted to offer our new MSc in Social Research, highlighting the data analysis and research skills needed for a digital society. To launch this innovative programme we are offering two inaugural partial fee scholarships of €2,000 each

Professor Aphra Kerr explains more about postgraduate study in Sociology here: 

Sociology at Maynooth University is home to many of Ireland's leading sociologists.

Our Masters 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.

What is a taught Masters?
*Our taught Masters programmes will not be running in academic year 2024/25*

Masters degrees are of one year duration (full-time)/two years duration (part-time) 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 Masters are made up of 60 credits awarded for taught modules and 30 credits for the dissertation. Some modules are compulsory but there are a good choice of optional modules also.
Our in-class teaching is usually restricted to Thursdays and Fridays to allow students flexibility and minimise travel.
There are two taught Masters programmes, a full-time MSc in Social Research (MHY44) and a part-time MSc in Social Research (MHY45). 

The Masters will:

  • Combine the study of key aspects of modern society with training from experts in research methods, including our innovative research data studio
  • Enhance your ability to work in education, social and public policy, communications and public affairs, research, social and political research, and a variety of other areas
  • Join in Seminars led by departmental staff involved in research networks and projects across Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas
  • Carry out your own research in writing your research thesis
  • Learn in a dynamic, friendly and supportive department and be part of a lively postgrad community
  • Learn from and with staff working on the edge of research in their areas of specialisation

The MSc has a significant focus on skills, particularly on research methods. The aim is to allow students to become fluent 21st century social researchers, capable of working with formal and informal datasets, on important societal issues within and between academia, the policy sphere and the social world. 
Click on the tabs below for further information about our Masters programmes, course fees, scholarship opportunities and to watch student testimonials.

Watch the video below on the variety of careers for Sociology graduates. See also our Careers and Graduates page.