Course Details

Course Code:
MSSODATFAD/MSSODATPAD
Duration:
1 Year Full Time - 2 Year Part Time
Award:
Postgraduate
Qualification:
Level 9 Masters (MSc)
Faculty: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Course Type: Taught, Professional/Flexible
Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.

Contact(s):

Name: Mary O'Donoghue
Email: mary.odonoghue@ul.ie Telephone: +353 61 202317 Fax: +353-61-202569

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Brief Description

This MSc offers in depth knowledge of sociological analysis, research methods and social science analytics - including high level training in data, data science, and data mining -, and a range of sequenced topics that include crime, law, and deviance, culture and media, health and well-being, political analysis and social movements, and stratification and social inequality. The combination of high level training in research methods and robust exposure to core topics in Sociology and the Social Sciences will set graduates up for a wide variety of careers in both the Public and Private sector.

The main course focus is on sociological research methods and social science analytics, and the intention is to produce graduates ready to embark on research careers in the private, public, voluntary or academic spheres. Modules will involve a blend of in-class lectures, small group discussions, and individual and/or collaborative group work

Students will learn how to:

  • analyse human processes from a sociological perspective
  • understand the role of social relations in the structuring of world society
  • conduct theoretically informed research on social processes and social dynamics
  • use cutting-edge research methods - quantitative and qualitative - for answering sociological questions
  • understand key ethical issues in conducting sociological and social science research
Full-Time:

 

   
Autumn Semester Spring Semester Summer Semester
Core Modules:
  • SO5031 Qualitative Research Methods 1
  • SO5041 Quantitative Research Methods 1
  • SO6001 Msc Dissertation Workshop Proposal

 

Core modules Choose 1

•             SO7860 Quantitative Research Methods 2

•             SO5042 Qualitative Research Methods 2

 

Dissertation

 

Electives - Choose 1
  • SO5051 Researching Social Exclusion
  • SO6062 Life Chances: Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility in Contemporary Society
  • SO6072 Sociology of Popular Culture 2
  • SO6082 Introduction to Sociological Criminology
  • SO6112 Contemporary Issues in Sociological Thought
  • SO7862   Urban Sociology and Stratification of Place
  • SO6092  Sociology of Families and the Life Course
  • SO6102  Selected Issues in Gender, Culture AND Society
Elective - Choose 1
  • SO7860 Quantitative Research Methods 2
  • SO5042 Qualitative Research Methods 2

 

Elective - Choose 2

  • SO5051 Researching Social Exclusion
  • SO6062 Life Chances: Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility in Contemporary Society
  • SO6072  Sociology of Popular Culture 2
  • SO6082 Introduction to Sociological Criminology
  • SO6112Contemporary Issues in Sociological Thought
  • SO7862   Urban Sociology and Stratification of Place
  • SO6092  Sociology of Families and the Life Course
  • SO6102  Selected Issues in Gender, Culture AND Society
Part-Time: Year 1

 

   
Autumn Semester Spring Semester Summer Semester
Core modules
  • SO5031 Qualitative Research Methods 1
  • SO5041 Quantitative Research Methods 1

 

Core modules

•            SO6001 MSc Dissertation Proposal Workshop

 

MSc Dissertation - PT Summer 1

 

  Electives (Choose 1):
  • SO5051 Researching Social Exclusion
  • SO6062 Life Chances: Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility in Contemporary Society
  • SO6072 Sociology of Popular Culture 2
  • SO6082 Introduction to Sociological Criminology
  • SO6112 Contemporary Issues in Sociological Thought
  • SO7862   Urban Sociology and Stratification of Place
  • SO6092  Sociology of Families and the Life Course
  •  SO6102  Selected Issues in Gender, Culture AND Society

 

Part-Time: Year 2    
Autumn Semester Spring Semester Summer Semester
Core modules: Choose 1 from the following:
  • SO7860 Quantitative Research Methods 2
  • SO5042 Qualitative Research Methods 2

 

Elective module (Choose 1):
  • SO5051 Researching Social Exclusion
  • SO6062 Life Chances: Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility in Contemporary Society
  • SO6072 Sociology of Popular Culture 2
  • SO6082 Introduction to Sociological Criminology
  • SO6112 Contemporary Issues in Sociological Thought
  • SO7862   Urban Sociology and Stratification of Place
  • SO6092  Sociology of Families and the Life Course
  •  SO6102  Selected Issues in Gender, Culture AND Society

Elective modules (Choose 1):

•           SO7862   Urban Sociology and Stratification of Place

•           SO6092  Sociology of Families and the Life Course

•           SO6102  Selected Issues in Gender, Culture AND Society

Content of the 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
    AND
    • English language competency certificate

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