• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
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Overview

The Sociology PhD offered by Maynooth University also aims:

  • To promote students’ professional involvement in academic life
  • To ensure that students will make a contribution to the advancement of knowledge in sociology
  • 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.

Career options:

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

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • The Craft And Logics Of Social Research 
  • Professional Certificate In Postgraduate Teaching & Learning : Tutors & Demonstrators
  • Innovation And Research Commercialisation
  • Media Research Methods
  • Intimate Lives: Relationships, Citizenship And Embodiment
  • Social Science Analysis

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    95

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    585

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

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.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14000 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    6500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6500 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Part time EU/EEA 4330 EUR/Year

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.

Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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