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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. 

The MA in Sociology offers students unique theoretical training to understand our social world. The MA focuses on qualitative and theoretical approaches to sociology. Students can enroll as either full-time (one-year) or part-time (two-year). As a member of a tight-knit community in the School of sociology, students benefit from a wide variety of optional modules availing of the unique substantive and methodological faculty expertise. Covering topics ranging from nationalism to migration to violence to social networks, the MSc in Sociology culminates with the completion of a comprehensive research project benefitting from individual supervision and the time/space to apply a year’s worth of training. Professionally or as part of a longer academic pathway, students in the MSc graduate with unique theoretical competency offering the ability to build upon a rich sociological tradition.

The School of Sociology offers both a MA and MSc in Sociology. Both programmes share many modules and are equal contributors to the close-knit community of scholars in the School of Sociology. The core difference is the additional methodological breadth of the MSc in that students graduate trained in both quantitative and qualitative approaches to sociological inquiry. The MA offers qualitative training and an additional optional module in place of the quantitative requirement found in the MSc.

What modules can I take?

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90 credits taught masters - 60 credits taught modules and 30 credit Dissertation

Core Modules

  • Social Theories & Applications
  • Sociological Research: Theoretical and Applied Issues
  • Dissertation
  • Qualitative Research

Option Modules

  • Economic Globalisation & Social Change
  • Global Migration
  • Organised Violence and Society
  • Dnamic Social Networks
  • Critical Race & Decolonial Theory
  • Art, Knowledge & Social Change
  • Nationalism & Social Change
  • Social Simulation: Methods and Models
  • Policing & Social Conflict

Please note modules offered may be subject to change

Careers & Employability

The UCD School of Sociology Masters programmes are highly regarded by a range of public and private sector employers, national, EU and international institutions and civil society organisations.

The cross-disciplinary content of these programme means there are exciting opportunities for students in a wide and dynamic range of professions including careers in: Media and Public Relations; Policy Analysis and Service Provision; Social, Community and Youth Development; Politics and Civil Society; and in Cultural and Creative Industries.

Past Graduates have taken the following career and development destinations:

  • Radio Presenter, Dublin
  • English Language Teacher, Japan
  • Senior Officer, Public Sector, Dublin
  • University Lecturers, Dublin, Belfast, United States
  • Community Workers, Belfast, Dublin
  • Writer & Editor, Humanitarian Organisation, Wicklow
  • International Writer, Producer and Film Maker, Dublin
  • Research Analyst, ESRI, Dublin
  • Researcher, Royal College of Surgeons
  • Founder, Independent Community-Based Research Company, Ireland

A large number of our Graduates continue through to PhD level. Some professions require further training, qualifications or certification.


Visit the MA Sociology page on the University College Dublin website for more details!

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