Course Details

Course Code:
1 Year Full-Time OR 2 Years Part-Time
Faculty: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Course Type: Taught, Professional/Flexible
Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.


Name: Mary O'Donoghue
Email: Telephone: +353 61 202317 Fax: +353-61-202569

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Brief Description

The MA in Sociology (Applied Social Research) is a one year full time, two year part time interdisciplinary programme. It equips students with valued research and communications skills and a solid foundation in key social issues.

The course focus is on sociological research methods, and the intention is to produce graduates ready to embark on research careers in the private, public, voluntary or academic spheres. Modules on qualitative and quantitative methods form the core of the course, along with modules on substantive issues of contemporary relevance.  Theoretical framing and analysis of qualitative data, and statistical analysis of large-scale survey data sets is central to the course. Faculty have extensive research experience in a variety of areas, including the media, social exclusion, stratification and inequality, the restructuring of work, feminist methodologies, community development, education, marriage and divorce. A research dissertation is a key element of the course.

The aim of the programme is

  • To provide students with state-of-the art methodological skills
  • To provide students with an advanced level of knowledge and expertise in all stages of research design, implementation and analysis
  • To provide students with an advanced level of knowledge in a number of substantive areas of sociology including social exclusion and social change
  • To enable students to carry out high-quality social research, in work or in PhD programmes


Semester 1 Semester 2  Summer 
  • Quantitative Research Methods 1
  • Qualitative Research Methods I
  • Researching Social Exclusion
  • Quantitative Research Methods 2 or Qualitative Research methods 2
  • Researching Social Change
  • Researching Health and Illness
  •  Dissertation (15,000 words)
The Full-time cohort undertake 3 modules in semester 1 and in semester 2 and complete a dissertation by the end of August. Part-time students undertake two modules in semester 1, and one or two modules in the following semesters until six modules have been completed and start working on the dissertation in the first semester.  Two mini modules are also offered

Content of modules can be found by using the search option on the book of modules.


The basic requirement is a first or second-class Honours degree in sociology or a cognate area or an approved equivalent qualification or an equivalent capability based on prior substantial relevant experience (Primary Degree: Level 8- National Qualifications Authority of Ireland). Applicants may be required to submit a portfolio of work and undergo an interview.

What to Include with your Application

  • Qualification transcripts and certificates
  • A copy of your birth certificate (long document)
  • If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice
  • If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:
    • English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
    • English language competency certificate

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Opportunities for the graduates exist in research in the public, the voluntary and the private sectors


Mary Ellen O’Keeffe, “I think I’m definitely much more confident in my abilities as a researcher now. I feel I could actually go into a job and do it effectively. I feel like I have a varied skill set that is valuable to employers; I just have much more confidence in my foundational skill level as a researcher. I’ve also honed in on a skill set by doing this MA, which has definitely made my CV much more attractive to employers.”