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NFQ Level 8 major Award Honours Bachelor Degree

Entry Route: Bachelor of Arts - LM002

Course code:
LM002 - Arts (Common Entry)
4 Years

Course leader:
Dr James Carr
Email: Tel:
00 353 61 213578
Tel: 00 353 61 202015

Sociology can be taken as part of the UL Arts Degree as single honours or a joint honours combination. Review the subjects you can study with Sociology by looking on the BA Arts course page.

About You

Students who do sociology need to be inquisitive, and curious about the social world and how it works. You also need to be open to reconsidering all the notions and common sense views of society that we usually take for granted. Sociology shakes us up intellectually, it forces us to reconsider many of our assumptions and see the world through a lens that is often critical and challenging. Doing Sociology will empower you to re-examine the familiar with fresh eyes and provide you with the skills set to see afresh and to document the complexity of the social world.

Why study Sociology at UL?

Sociology describes and explains social structures and processes. The Sociology programme at UL will enable you to develop critical and analytical skills to look more objectively at our societies. It directs attention to how the constituent parts of society fit together and change, and the consequences of that social change. By focusing on the external forces that affect our values, attitudes and behaviors, it helps us better understand ourselves and the motivations of others around us. In addition to core modules, you can choose Sociology electives which match your own study and research interests.

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What you will study

Reflecting the extensive teaching and research expertise in the department, Sociology at UL focuses on a number of key themes which run throughout the four years of the programme:

  • Classical and Contemporary Social theory.
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods
  • Sociology of Inequality (focusing, for example, on Gender, Stratification & Social Mobility, Political Economy, Urban Sociology, Youth, Migration, and Hate Crimes)
  • Sociology of Media (focusing, for example on media, media audiences and popular culture)
  • Sociology of health and illness
  • Sociology of family (covering children, marriage and partnership, domestic and market labour, inter alia)

Sociology Joint Honours Pathway

Modules are subject to change

Sociology is also available as a Single Honours

  Semester 1   Semester 2
SO4001 Introduction to Sociology SO4032 Introduction to Sociology 2
  Semester 3 Semester 4
  Students select 1:  Cooperative Education Placement
SO4073 Classic Sociological Theory  
SO4037 Qualitative Methods for Sociological Research  
  Students select 1:  
SO4073 Classic Sociological Theory  
SO4037 Qualitative Methods for Sociological Research  
SO4063 Introduction to Social Research Methods  
SO4047 Sociology of The Welfare State  
SO4118 Sociology of Gender and Popular Culture  
SO4033 Sociology of Media  
Semester 5   Semester 6
Off-Campus Academic Placement   Students Select 1:
  SO4036 Contemporary Sociological Theory
  SO4046 Quantitative Methods for Sociological Research
    Students Select 1:
  SO4036 Contemporary Sociological Theory
  SO4046 Quantitative Methods for Sociological Research
  SO4006 The Sociology of Crime, Deviance and Social Control
  SO4088 Sociology of Globalisation
  SO4078 Inequality and Social Exclusion
  SO4008 Sociology of Media Audiences
  SO4002 Gender Sociological Perspectives
  Semester 7   Semester 8
  Students Select 2:   Students Select 2:
SO4057 Sociology of Health and Illness SO4208 Sociology of Love and it’s Dark Side
SO4178 Sociology of The Body SO4158 Sociology of Higher Education
SO4067 Sociology of Work SO4108 Sociological Approaches to Gender and Multiculturalism
SO4168 The Sociology of Mental Health and Illness SO4218 Sociological Perspectives Seminar Series
SO4138 Sociology of Religion SO4168 The Sociology of Mental Health and Illness
SO4128 Sociology of the Internet SO4138 Sociology of Religion
SO4077 Sociology of Youth SO4128 Sociology of the Internet
SO4148 Sociology of Power: The Relational and Practice SO4148 Sociology of Power: The Relational and Practice
SO4087 Social Trends and Sociological Research SO4087 Social Trends and Sociological Research
SO4047 Sociology of The Welfare State    

Entry requirements

Applicants are required to hold at the time of enrolment the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects which must include: Two H5 (Higher level) grades and Four O6 (Ordinary level) grades or four H7 (Higher Level) grades. Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language, and English.

Note: Grade F6 in Foundation Mathematics also satisfies the minimum entry requirements. Foundation mathematics is not reckonable for scoring purposes.

In addition, students wishing to study a Language must hold a minimum H4 grade in that language, with the exception of beginners German or beginners Spanish where a H4 grade in a language other than English is required. Specialist requirement in Mathematics also for those studying Economics or Mathematics.

For certain subjects, additional special qualifications specific to individual subjects or disciplines may be determined by the respective departments in accordance with Academic Council regulations.

Applications are especially welcome from Mature Students. Mature applicants must apply through the Central applications Office (CAO) by 1 February.

QQI Entry

Certain QQI Awards are acceptable in fulfilling admission requirements for this programme. go to the UL Admissions QQI page for a full list of modules.

Fees & funding

Student course fees are broken into three components - Student contribution, Student Centre Levy and Tuition Fees.

A number of illustrative examples of fees for this course based on the current fee levels have been set out in the tables below.

An explanation of the components, how to determine status and the criteria involved is provided below the examples as is a list of possible scholarships and funding available.

EU Students with Free fees status in receipt of a SUSI grant

HEA paysTuition Fees€2,558
SUSI paysStudent contribution€3,000
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92

EU Students with Free fees status not in receipt of a grant

HEA paysTuition Fees€2,558
Student paysStudent contribution€3,000
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92

Students with EU fee status not in receipt of a grant

Student paysTuition Fees€2,558
Student paysStudent contribution€3,000
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92

Non-EU Students

Student paysTuition Fees€12,178
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92

Student course fees are comprised of three components:

Student Contribution

Annual charge set by the government for all full-time third level students. All students are liable unless they have been approved for a grant by Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). Please refer to to determine your eligibility for a grant and for instructions on how to apply. The curent student contribution is set at €3000.

Student Centre Levy

All students are liable to pay the Student Centre Levy of €90. Please note the Student Centre Levy is not covered by the SUSI Grant.

Tuition Fees

These are based on Residency, Citizenship, Course requirements.

Review the three groups of criteria to determine your fee status as follows

  1. Residency
    • You must have been living in an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland for at least 3 of the 5 years before starting your course
  2. Citizenship
    • You must be a citizen of an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland or have official refugee status
  3. Course Requirements (all must be met)
    • You must be a first time full-time undergraduate (Exceptions are provided for students who hold a Level 6 or Level 7 qualification and are progressing to a Level 8 course in the same general area of study).
    • You must be undertaking a full-time undergraduate course of at least 2 year’s duration
    • You cannot be undertaking a repeat year of study at the same level unless evidence of exceptional circumstances eg serious illness is provided (in which case this condition may be waived)

Depending on how you meet these criteria your status will be one of the following -

More information about fees can be found on the Finance website


These scholarships are available for this course

Title Award Scholarships available
The Noel Ryan Scholarship
€2,000 per year for 4 years
1 per year

These scholarships are available for all courses

Title Award Scholarships available
Johnson and Johnson WiSTEM2D Programme
Individual Award - a bursary to the value of €2000. Team Project Grant - €1750
1 of each
Plassey Campus Centre Scholarship Programme
All Ireland Scholarships - sponsored by J.P. McManus
Higher Education Grants & VEC Grants
Financial Aid Fund
Elaine Fagan Scholarship
Stuart Mangan Scholarship
Provincial GAA Bursaries Scheme
The Michael Hillery and Jacinta O’Brien Athletics Scholarship
Various benefits equating to over €7,000 in value
Paddy Dooley Rowing Scholarship
UL Sports Scholarships
Varies depending on level of Scholarship
Cooperative Education Award
1 medal per faculty
UL 40 Entrance Scholarship

Your future career

A wide range of career opportunities are open to you from this programme, in the public, private and non-profit/NGO sectors: UL Sociology graduates have found careers in a diverse range of areas including:

  • Journalism, media, communications and public relations
  • Teaching at Second Level
  • Social, marketing and media research
  • Social policy analysis
  • Urban planning
  • Research consultancy
  • Postgraduate Training to either Masters or PhD Levels
  • Social work, youth and community work
  • Prison and probation services
  • Community Development
  • Voluntary organisations, national and international NGOs
  • Statistician, demographer

Follow-On Study: