48 months
14000 EUR/year
6500 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The Sociology programme from Maynooth University aims to ensure that students will make a contribution to the advancement of knowledge in sociology

Visit the official programme website for more information


The Sociology programme from Maynooth University aim:

  • To provide high quality research training in a lively intellectual atmosphere
  • To promote students’ professional involvement in academic life
  • And to ensure that students will make a contribution to the understanding and well being of contemporary societies

By the end of their time as a research postgraduate student in the Department it is our goal that students will:

  • Have completed a thesis which is a high quality piece of orginal sociological analysis and is at least partly publishable in a peer-reviewed academic outlet
  • Have developed and demonstrated a significant level of skill in at least one methodology of sociological research and analysis
  • Have a broad knowledge of a number of sub-fields within sociology
  • And have had the opportunity to develop teaching and administrative skills and experience


  • Research
  • Third Level Teaching
  • Government
  • Policy Analysis
  • Private, Community and Voluntary Sectors
  • Media and New Technology
  • Urban, Rural and Community Planning

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Innovation and Research Commercialisation
  • Research Funding Application
  • Media Research Methods
  • The Craft and Logics of Social Research 
  • Advanced Digital Research Methods
  • Qualitative Methods
  • The Political Economy and Cultures of the Internet
  • Intimate Lives: Relationships, Citizenship and Embodiment
  • Nature and Society

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months
  • Part-time
    • 72 months

Start dates & application deadlines





On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Minimum 2.1 degree in BA or MA in Sociology or Cognate subject. Applications with equivalent learning are also welcomed.
  • Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.
  • Applicants are advised to contact the Department to discuss their research topic before submitting a required research proposal of 7-10 pages duration. Please see course website for further details.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    14000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14000 EUR per year during 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    6500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6500 EUR per year during 48 months.

Part time EU: 4330 EUR

Living costs for Maynooth

650 - 1000 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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