PhD/MLitt in Sociology

The School welcomes applications from prospective PhD Students who wish to undertake research in sociology. We are very pleased to consider applications in any area of sociology in which we can provide appropriate supervision. For information on research areas of staff please click here .

The School has exciting and diverse PhD/MLitt programmes which have been extensively revised in recent years. There are new taught components that provide greater structure and professional training, but the emphasis remains on students completing a major, independent piece of research that makes a significant contribution to sociological knowledge.

The PhD in Sociology is awarded following the completion of 270 credits, comprising 240 credits for the thesis and a further 30 credits of taught modules.  This is normally a 3 year programme.

The MLitt in Sociology is awarded following the completion of 180 credits, comprising 150 credit for the thesis and a further 30 credits of taught modules. This is normally a 2 year programme.

The School has its own PhD/MLitt module: a Roundtable in research and theory which runs throughout the academic year. Students may also take modules from within the School’s taught Masters Programmes or from other programmes within the College of Human Sciences, including a wide range of modules in research methods. The PhD or MLitt can be undertaken on a full-time or part-time basis. See Structured PhD  and Structured MLitt  for more details.  For information on the School’s Application Procedures and Guidelines for PhD/MLittstudents check here.

For a list of our current PhD/MLitt students see here.


PhD/MLitt Application Deadlines

  • Application Form
  • Registration periods are: September, January and May.
  • The School strongly recommends entering the programme in September, which is the beginning of the academic year.
  • Applications should be made at least 4-5 months prior to the Registration deadline.
  • Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application following an assessment process which takes approximately 10 weeks.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.



The School of Sociology is offering up to two PhD scholarships under the College of Social Sciences and Law Research Scholarship scheme.  The awards are intended to underline both the College and University’s commitment to the pursuit of excellence in research and graduate education. The overall aim is to attract applicants of the highest academic standards to participate in and expand School-based structured PhD programmes in the College of Social Sciences and Law (CSSL).  The value of the Scholarship is equivalent to the EU fee rate and may be awarded for a period of up to four years.

The School also has some limited funding for PhD/MLitt students which mainly revolve around teaching and tutoring. Students who are assigned tutoring responsibilities and complete at least six hours a week over the academic year are entitled to a fee concession of approx. €2,910.

The School runs the Mary Kelly Bursary which is offered to new PhD/MLitt students and Taught Masters students. The Bursary is worth €2,000. 

Many of our students have been successful in obtaining scholarships and other financial awards from outside funding agencies. Further information may be found here.



  • For further academic inquiries please contact: Dr Alice Feldman at 
  • Other enquiries about the PhD/MLitt programmes please contact our PhD/MLitt Programme Manager:  Veronica Barker at or Phone: +353 (0)1 716 8510.