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 our leading national and international Sociology Department?

Hear about our MA courses from our students

Sadhbh Dowling tells us in 90 seconds about the MA Sociology (Societies in Transition) which she completed in summer 2020.....

Adam Leech tells us in 60 seconds about the MA Sociology (Internet and Society) which he completed in 2019 ......

Watch this short (8 minute) video about our Masters programmes
And/or continue to read below for general details or in the tabbed sections at the bottom for details of each of our MA programmes

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.

In each Masters you 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, 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

As a Masters student you will:
❖ Have access to dedicated facilities including an MA computer room and postgraduate kitchen
❖ Join in departmental activities including our innovative ‘Thinking Out Loud’ series on work in progress
❖ Learn from and with staff working on the edge of research in their areas of specialisation

Our in-class teaching is usually restricted to Thursdays and Fridays.

Which Course?

In 2021/22 you have a choice of two MA degrees offered by the Department.

The 2021/22 MA handbook can be downloaded here:  MA Handbook Sociology - MAIS MAST 2021-2022

1) MA Sociology: Societies in Transition [MHY54] - Contact: Dr Paul Ryan (paul.ryan@mu.ie)

This MA degree explores the major changes in peoples' lives in contemporary society - in their personal lives, family relationships, and in the unequal chances in society and the relationship of that society to nature. 
  MA Societies in Transition timetable 2021-2022 - subject to changes

2) MA Sociology: Internet and Society [MHY56] - Contact: Professor Aphra Kerr (aphra.kerr@mu.ie
This MA explores how the internet and digital technologies are influencing contemporary society - in terms of work, leisure, identity, social relationships and democracy.
  MA Internet and Society timetable 2021-2022 - subject to changes

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 MA are made up of 60 credits awarded for taught modules and 30 credits for the dissertation. Some modules are compulsory.

Click on the tabs below for detailed information on each MA course. 
Each MA is also available as a postgraduate diploma, with the same course structure but no thesis. We recommend you take the MA if you can!


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.

To apply please go to Maynooth University PAC  and enter Sociology in the Search field

For information on fees check out the Maynooth University Postgrad Fees list


60 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 30th of Jun. 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.