Want to develop your theoretical and methodological skills?  How about a Masters in Sociology at Ireland’s premier Sociology Department. 

Sociology is about asking big questions, and challenging ‘commonsense’ ideas about how the world works– whether that’s the commonsense of the pub, of the media, of politicians or of sundry ‘experts’. 

Sociology at Maynooth University is home to Ireland's leading sociologists. Our MA Sociology programmes are enriched by the international expertise and proven research track record of our faculty in studies of new media and technology in everyday life, the sociology of work (e.g. software and digital media work), sustainable communities, active citizenship, social justice and social change. 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 20,000 words approx. under the supervision 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. 

For informal inquiries please contact the MA co-ordinator named below.

The Department runs two core MAs   

1) MA Sociology: Societies in Transition [MHY54] - Contact: Prof. Jane Gray
See 2018/19  MAST flier

2) MA Sociology: Internet and Society [MHY56] - Contact Dr. Aphra Kerr -
See 2018/19 
MA Internet and Society flier

We also contribute to other MAs including in 2018/19 the MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. For more on this contact Dr. Mary P Murphy.

From 2018 a Graduate Diploma options (no thesis) is available. 


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.​​


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.