Time to take the next step as a social scientist? To lay the foundation for careers in social and public affairs, public policy, research, media and communications, and many more? How about a Masters in Sociology at our leading national and international Sociology Department?

In 2023/24 we are offering two taught Masters - an MA in Sociology (Societies in Transition) and a new MSc in Social Research. Professor Aphra Kerr explains more about our Masters offerings in this new video below:

Hear about our Masters courses from our alumni:

Sadhbh Dowling tells us in 90 seconds about the MA Sociology (Societies in Transition) which she completed in summer 2020.

Adam Leech tells us in 60 seconds about the MA Sociology (Internet and Society) which he completed in 2019.

Continue to read below for details of each of our Masters programmes.

Sociology at Maynooth University is home to many of Ireland's leading sociologists.

Our Masters Sociology programmes are enriched by the international expertise and proven research track record of our faculty in studies across a wide range of areas of social life.

We are also committed to public sociology and to working to bring sociological perspectives to bear on contemporary social issues.

In each Masters you will
❖ Combine the study of key aspects of modern society with training from experts in research methods, including our innovative research data studio
❖ Enhance your ability to work in education, social and public policy, communications and public affairs, research, social and political research, and a variety of other areas
❖ Join in Seminars led by departmental staff involved in research networks and projects across Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas
❖ Carry out your own research in writing your research thesis
❖ Learn in a dynamic, friendly and supportive department and be part of a lively postgrad community

As a Masters student you will:
❖ Join in departmental activities including our innovative ‘Thinking Out Loud’ series on work in progress
❖ Learn from and with staff working on the edge of research in their areas of specialisation

Our in-class teaching is usually restricted to Thursdays and Fridays to allow students flexibility and minimise travel.

Which Course?

In 2023/24 you have a choice of two Masters degrees offered by the Department: 

1) MA Sociology: Societies in Transition [MHY54] - Contact: Dr Paul Ryan (paul.ryan@mu.ie)

This MA degree explores the major changes in peoples' lives in contemporary society - in their personal lives, family relationships, and in the unequal chances in society and the relationship of that society to nature. 
MA Societies in Transition timetable 2022-2023

2) MSc in Social Research (MHY44) - Contact: Sociology Department (sociology.department@mu.ie)

This Masters of Science degree provides innovative methodological training for the twenty-first century world combined with a thesis and practicum component.

This MSc will begin in September 2023.

What is a taught Masters?

Masters degrees are of one year duration and include a research thesis which is submitted during the summer. Candidates take six modules and write a dissertation of approx.20,000 words under the guidance of a designated supervisor.

The 90 credits for the Masters are made up of 60 credits awarded for taught modules and 30 credits for the dissertation. Some modules are compulsory but there are a good choice of optional modules also.

Click on the tabs below for detailed information on each Masters course. 

See also our  MA Handbook Sociology - MAIS MAST 2022-2023


The deadlines for applications to taught Masters is generally the 30th June, but please check PAC or contact the Sociology Department if there is any ambiguity. 

Students with an honours degree in Sociology (2:1 or above) or a related discipline will be considered. In certain cases we will call applicants for interview.

To apply please go to Maynooth University PAC and enter Sociology in the search field.

For information on fees check out the Maynooth University Postgrad Fees list.


60 scholarships worth €2,000 are made available to students each year who have a minimum 2:1 grade. The deadline for scholarship applications is the 30th of June. See here for more details

For more on fees, scholarships etc, including for international students see here

Careers in Sociology: Our graduates

Watch this video on the variety of careers for Sociology graduates.