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MA Sociology (Societies in Transition)

Course Description

Course Description:
Societies such as Ireland are adjusting very rapidly to change in the external and internal environments. You can choose one of two pathways to study these changes:

Students may choose to study the MA in Sociology (Internet and Society). The aim of this MA is to interrogate the social, political, economic and cultural dimensions of the internet in contemporary societies. From work to leisure, from education to politics, the internet provides a platform for new forms of interaction, engagement and socialisation. This exciting new MA will build upon the theoretical and methodological strengths of the Department of Sociology, with additional options offered by the Departments of Law and Media in Maynooth.

Alternatively, students may choose the MA in Sociology (Societies in Transition) which interrogates the political, economic and social dimensions of change in transitional societies, using Ireland as a key point of reference. We hope to stimulate students to think about the role that sociological analysis can play in helping to advance solutions to the current social and economic challenges.

Course Structure:
The taught programme is built around three components: a core theoretical module, substantive courses, and methods courses. Beyond this, the researching and writing of a thesis constitutes 30 credits. Each module comprises on average 12 two hour seminars.
Course Duration: 1 year Full-time

Visit the MA Sociology (Societies in Transition) page on the Maynooth University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Maynooth University Master's Scholarships - 20+ Awards

Applicants must intend to pursue a full-time taught master’s degree at the university
commencing in the academic year 2017-18 and meet the following eligibility criteria:1. Satisfy the entry requirements of the Maynooth University taught masters
programme they intend to undertake in 2017-18 and have applied on http://www.pac.ie.2. All applicants must have achieved a minimum 2.1 honours undergraduate degree in
order to be considered for a Taught Master’s Scholarship.3. Applicants will be required to upload their undergraduate degree transcripts for
their level 8 undergraduate honours degree or equivalent to the online application
system before the closing date. Applicants graduating in 2017 who have not yet
received their final degree transcripts must upload their penultimate degree results
into the online application system. Once final degree results are available in June 2017,
these must be uploaded by 1st July 2017 to the http://www.pac.ie course application system
to receive final confirmation of the scholarship award.The competition is not open to those who have already commenced a taught master’s
programme.Research master’s programmes are not eligible for support under the scheme and
students interested in research programmes should apply instead for the Maynooth
University John and Pat Hume Doctoral Research Award:

Value of Scholarship(s)

2,000 euros


There are sixty €2,000 Taught Masters Scholarships open across all disciplines of the university on offer to both Maynooth University AND non-Maynooth University graduates. A 2.1 final result or equivalent is required. Conditional offers will be made from mid-May 2017 based on penultimate honours level 8 degree results from summer 2016 if not final results are available. Closing date 1st May 2017.

Application Procedure

Read the terms and conditions and applicant guide at:
http://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/study-maynooth/postgraduate-studies/fees-funding-scholarships/taught-masters-scholarshipsApplications online: https://app.hobsons.co.uk/AYApplicantLogin/fl_ApplicantConnectLogin.asp?id=nuim

Further Information


Entry Requirements

How to ApplyBA in Sociology or cognate discipline with 2.2 or higher, or international equivalent Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. Certain programmes may have additional requirements. Minimum English language requirements: please visit Maynooth University International Office website for information about English language tests accepted and required scores. The requirements specified are applicable for both EU and non-EU applicants.Maynooth University’s TOEFL code is 8850

Course Fees

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