January 2021 Entry to the MSc Sociology and the MA Sociology supported by the Government's July Stimulus - Higher Education Initiative

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Do you want to study for Master's in Sociology at Ireland’s largest and highest ranked School of Sociology?

Government funding has been made available and the UCD School of Sociology is able to offer full fee remission for new applicants on our MA and MSc in Sociology.* These Master's programmes will begin in January 2021 and conclude in December 2021.

Full details of the modules for the MA Sociology and MSc Sociology can be found by clicking the links.

Applicants should normally have a primary degree in sociology, social science or related discipline. A Second Class Grade One (2.1) or higher is required but Second Class Honours Grade Two(2.2) or equivalent may be considered.

Financial support is designed to increase access to postgraduate courses and priority will be given to:

  • Returners and Homemakers who have been out of the work environment for a number of years due to childcare or other caring duties.
  • Those currently in employment who want to re-skill.
  • Those who were formerly self-employed and who wish to re-skill.
  • Recent graduates with at least a Level 8 qualification.

For full details of these priorities, see the July Stimulus - Higher Education Initiatives.

*Fee remission not available for students who qualify for the non-EU fee rates

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The MA Sociology provides students with general sociological kills that are highly applicable in the labour market. Its focus is on research skills which enable students to engage in research design, the use of official statistics and qualitative research. By the latter category is meant skills in interviewing, discourse analysis, and participant observation.

This broader higher degree in Sociology also provides graduates with a knowledge of social relationships and the dynamics of social interaction. It is viewed as an important skill in a variety of areas from Human Resources to community works more generally. The following is a sample of some of the modules:

  • Workshop in Qualitative Sociological Research: This is a practical course that enables a graduate become qualitative research practitioner and is based ‘hands on’ experience of fieldwork.
  • Dynamic Social Networks: Provides vital skills on how people form networks.
  • Health, illness and Society: This designed for students who want to explore different health care systems and policy reforms.
  • Demographic analytics. This enables students to analyse patterns of birth, deaths, marriages in the population and the age profile of a society.
  • Sciences, Technologies and Societies: This course has become particularly important due to a growing controversy about the role of science in society, including the considerations for and against monitoring technologies.
  • Social Thinking in the Digital Age: This looks at the role of Big Data and the social implications of digital transformation. 

The programme recruits applicants who have a 2.1 honours undergraduate degree in sociology or a cognate discipline. Where a student has a 2.2 honours, this will be examined by the Programme co-ordinator in light of their wider life experiences and skills.

The MSc in Sociology provides students with general sociological kills that are highly applicable in the labour market. Its focus is on research skills which enable students to engage in research design, statistics analysis and quantitative research. By the latter category is meant skills in devising opinion polls, attitude surveys and wider social analysis based  on sets of variables..

This broader higher degree in Sociology also provides graduates with a knowledge of social relationships and the dynamics of social interaction. It is viewed as an important skill in a variety of areas from Human Resources to community works more generally. The following is a sample of some of the modules:

  • Data Programming and Statistics and Probability: These are both practical courses that enables graduates to become quantitative researchers, able to master the necessary statistics and able to co-relate variables.
  • Dynamic Social Networks: Provides vital skills on how people form networks.
  • Health, illness and Society: This designed for students who want to explore different health care systems and policy reforms.
  • Demographic analytics. This enables students to analyse patterns of birth, deaths, marriages in the population and the age profile of a society.
  • Sciences, Technologies and Societies: This course has become particularly important due to a growing controversy about the role of science in society, including the considerations for and against monitoring technologies.
  • Social Thinking in the Digital Age: This looks at the role of Big Data and the social implications of digital transformation.

The programme recruits who have a 2.1 honours undergraduate degree in sociology or a cognate discipline. Where a student has a 2.2 honours, this will be examined by the Programme co-ordinator in light of their wider life experiences and skills.

How to Apply

Applications for the fully funded positions open Monday the 9th of November 2020 and close at midnight on Friday the 4th of December 2020. All applications will be reviewed in early December and successful applicants will be informed in mid-December.

To submit an application please go to www.ucd.ie/apply and search W517 for the MSc Sociology (January start) and W520 for the MA Sociology (January start).

If you are a non-EU student or otherwise ineligible for funding you can still apply for the January start MSc Sociology and MA Sociology. Normal fee rates will apply - see the fees website for details. Applications will not need to be submitted by the 4th of December deadline but you should apply no later than midnight on Monday the 4th of January 2021.

Please direct informal enquiries to ucd.ie/sociology/contact.

 

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