Course Information This is a full-time one-year interdisciplinary course that aims to provide graduates with the knowledge, skills, and experience necessary to enable them to undertake analyses of social and spatial changes within modern western society, specifically contemporary Ireland. Taught jointly by the Department of Geography, the Department of Sociology, and the National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis (NIRSA), the course brings together leading social science researchers in Ireland with an international reputation in their fields, and offers an advanced introduction to social science, human geography and sociology research.
Course Structure: Firstly, students will undertake core modules exploring contemporary theories of society and space, and theories of recent social, economic, political, and cultural change within the Irish Republic. Secondly, a number of substantive optional modules will be provided including modules on sustaining communities, migration, population and health and nature and cities. Finally, students will be offered a suite of modules on advanced research methods some of which they will select as a platform for developing specialised applied research skills. The course will also involve a research thesis undertaken during the academic year and to be submitted by the end of July. The programme is marked out of 90 credits (ECTS), with the credits for each component assigned as follows:
Non-NUI Maynooth students should submit a copy of their Birth Certificate or valid Passport, Official Transcripts and two Academic references in support of their application. Applicants may be required to attend for interview as part of the admissions process.
All candidates must have a Bachelor’s Degree at Honours 2.1 level or above. In certain exceptional circumstances a grade of 2.2 will be acceptable. Admission is by application. Applicants whose primary degree does not include human geography or sociology will be considered on the basis of their degree(s), transcripts, experience and non academic training as developed in their personal statement and may be asked to take part in an interview.