PhD in Sociology or Politics
Work with the best!

The Department of Sociology is a leading national and international centre for research and for postgraduate teaching and learning in Sociology and Politics

Our Research Postgraduate Education Programme

High Quality Supervision System

• well known international researchers participating in international research projects and networks
• experienced supervisors, ‘second supervisor’ system and departmental review of progress ensures quality and fairness
• work closely with other postgrad students

Courses including:

• Postgrad Thesis Workshop
• University Teaching training
• Research Methods
• Specialised Area Courses
• Credit for International Summer Schools and more

Opportunities for Funding

Postgrads have been successful in receiving
• John Hume Fellowships
• Irish Research Council Fellowships

We also offer

• Graduate Teaching Fellowships
• Tutor positions (including paid training and guidance)
• Research Assistant opportunities

ASK FOR MORE INFORMATION!  We have a frequently asked questions section below​. If you have questions about pursuing a postgraduate degree with us in the Sociology department then please contact Prof. Honor Fagan.

Our staff have global research interests and are conducting high quality work with colleague throughout the world including: 


We offer both two types of research postgraduate degrees (M.Litt and PhD) in the Department of Sociology. Research M.Litts take approximately two years and PhDs from 4-5 years. The image above shows three of our PhD graduates from Oct 2015 - left to right, Clodagh, Ania and Jean. You will see links to their research projects below in the section on our postgraduates and their theses.

We have a number of information handbooks that you can download which detail what a postgraduate degree entails and tells you more about the Department Research Postgraduate Handbook 2018-19    
Regulations governing PhD programmes.   

We have a frequently asked questions section below. If you have questions about pursuing a postgraduate degree with us in the Sociology department then please contact Prof. Honor Fagan.

The University offers a limited range of funding supports to taught and research postgraduates. Please check the

postgraduate pages of our university website for more. 

The University also offers a range of supports from careers advice to creches -  University Student Supports  


Research postgraduates can apply at any time. All applications should be made through the online PAC system.

Informal queries can be made to our postgraduate coordinator Prof. Honor Fagan.

You can also visit the university's graduate studies page to find out about life as a postgraduate student in Maynooth University and to find out information on funding.

 A short presentation on  Postgraduate Funding is available.

One of our recent students has also made a useful short video on life as a PhD student.