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Full time & Part time September MA Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 years

About the course

The MA Sociology programme provides a broad range of cutting-edge analytical and research skills to better understand significant social issues and problems in contemporary society, and how to act to change them. 

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Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally have a primary degree in sociology or social science, or a closely related discipline. A Second Class Honours Grade One (2:1) or higher is required but Second Class Honours Grade Two (2:2) standard or equivalent may be considered. Applicants who do not meet the academic requirements but can confirm professional qualifications and/or experience will be considered. Applicants may be called for an interview.

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 Course Content

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Dr Mary Kelly was a long-serving member of the UCD School of Sociology who died in 2010. Mary researched and taught across a range of topics, including sociology of the media and, more recently, environmental sociology, and over the course of her career, she made an enormous contribution to the School, and to the many students she taught and supervised. This Fund is an opportunity to celebrate Mary’s memory and her contribution to Sociology, to UCD, and to Irish society generally.

The Mary Kelly Bursaries comprise an award of €2,000 towards university fees to students who have been accepted to one of the School of Sociology taught masters programmes. Up to two bursaries will be awarded to incoming master's students (limited to full-time EU students in one-year 90 credit programmes).

Value of Scholarship(s)

The Mary Kelly Bursaries comprise an award of €2,000 towards university fees


Applicants who have applied to and have received a full offer of a place on their chosen programme may submit a completed bursary application form (provisional and/or conditional offers are not accepted)
The bursaries are only available to EU students registering full-time for one-year on a 90 credit programme.
Bursaries will be paid in two tranches - at the beginning of 1st and 2nd semesters
Awards may not be deferred

Application Procedure

Applications Comprise the Following Information:
The applicant’s academic record to date;
A description of the applicant’s research interests, the social impact of this research and how it relates to the advancement of the discipline of Sociology (max: 300 words)
A personal statement outlining your background and motivation for pursuing a graduate degree in Sociology. (max: 300 words).

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