Application Procedure for PhD/MLittt in Sociology

Applications will be accepted from suitably qualified applicants regardless of nationality or residence. Applicants, however, must make their own visa/consular arrangements to ensure that they are eligible to reside in Ireland for the duration of their studies.

Applicants must normally have a first or upper second-class honours primary degree or masters degree, or the equivalent. In circumstances where examination results are not known at the time of application, the School of Sociology may make a Conditional Offer  subject to receiving a complete and final transcript confirming that the applicant has met the above requirements.

Applicants must complete the application form andinclude the relevant supporting materials and original transcripts of their full academic record.

  • Transcripts can usually be obtained from one of the following offices, or their equivalent: the Registrar, faculty, or department/school of the applicant’s institution. All transcripts must be appropriately stamped or endorsed. Please see Application Form for fuller details.
  • English Language Proficiency. Applicants whose primary language is not English, must provide a certificate of proficiency in the English language (such as TOEFL, Cambridge or IELTS). Results must be less than 2 years old. 

Applications will be evaluated by a School Selection Board on the basis of their excellence, originality and potential. Applications will be evaluated and ranked by the School according to the following criteria and must not exceed the stated word limits below. 

  • (a) Description of the PhD/MLitt proposal (no more than 500 words). This should include a brief outline of how the applicant sees his/her project developing from year to year.
  • (b) Location of the proposed project within the current state of research and bibliography in the area (no more than 500 words)
  • (c) Relative significance of the contribution that the proposed project will make to the area (no more than 500 words)
  • (d) Methodology (no more than 400 words)
  • (e) The applicant's record and academic achievements (no more than 250 words) 



  1. Complete the Application Form
  2. Send the completed application form and supporting documentation (except references) to Veronica Barker at
  3. Post all original documents (including references)  to: Veronica Barker, PhD/MLitt Programme Manager, UCD School of Sociology, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4.  Ireland.

The School of Sociology reserves the right to revise these application procedures at any time.