Graduate education is an integral part of UCD's mission and the university is committed to offering programmes that are at the cutting edge of research and scholarship.
The School of Sociology at UCD is the largest such school in Ireland and is an excellent place for graduate studies. With 16 full-time staff and approximately 1,300 students - including more than 50 postgraduate students - the school plays a very significant role in the development of sociology in Ireland. The graduate programmes in sociology are a central part of the school's activities.
As Ireland's capital city, Dublin's thriving and cosmopolitan atmosphere makes it a popular choice for graduate study. It offers a very vibrant social life and first-rate cultural amenities. The vast social changes that have occurred throughout Irish society in the last decade also provide enormous research opportunities for students.
First established in 1991, the MSocSc programme has an annual intake of between 20 and 30 students, and is the premier programme of its kind in Ireland. Online applications for the Masters programmes open in October each year. Applications close by the end of June each year. Non-EU applicants who require a student visa should submit their applications by end of March. Please see General Information and Application Requirements for full details. Students can choose between 7 different types of Masters programmes:
- Masters in Sociology
- Masters in Comparative Social Change
- Masters in Crime, Violence and Conflict
- Masters in Cultural Sociology
- Masters in Health, Wellbeing and Society
- Masters in Race, Migration and Decolonial Studies
- Masters in Social Data Analytics
PhD and Research Masters (MLitt) Programmes
PhD and MLitt applications are considered throughout the year.
- PhD and Research Masters (MLitt) in Sociology
- PhD in Complex Systems and Computational Social Science