Award Type and NFQ level : TAUGHT MASTERS (9)

CAO/PAC code : MHY45

CAO Points :

Closing Date : 30 June 2023

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Our MSc in Social Research will:

  • Develop your ability to work with innovative research methodologies and to develop skills related to empirical investigation including a mixed methods approach to qualitative and quantitative methodology and innovative digital methodologies 
  • Enhance your ability to communicate effectively through regular class presentations and discussions.
  • Assist you to develop specialist use of research methods through a written thesis or applied research project.
  • Provide an enhanced understanding of how to work with and source data, how to plan and manage research, and how to meet legal and ethical standards.
  • Enable you to engage in social analysis and investigation of social change and societal challenges. 
  • Be supported through career scaffolding workshops to enhance your own navigation

Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.   The Entry Requirement is an Honours Degree of at least a 2:2 in Social Science or a cognate discipline or international equivalent is required.

For international students for whom English is not their first language, an English language exam certificate showing IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required. Minimum English language requirements or both EU and non-EU students as in Maynooth University International Office website .

National University of Ireland Maynooth’s TOEFL code is 8850

Jane Gray


Department of Sociology

Department of Social Sciences Institute (MUSSI)

Department of IQDA

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Department of Sociology

The course involves 6 x 10 credit modules over two years and the completion of a thesis (30 credits). Classes are timetabled on a Thursday and Friday and through two intensive ‘burst’ modules.  See our website for our MA handbook

Course Duration: 2 years part-time

This MSc will be an attractive option for those already working in civil society and public sectors and engaged in research or policy work, or for self-employed researchers, who wish to update or enhance their research skills. It also provides an excellent platform for recent graduates interested in developing research methods skills and progressing to such work.

Online application only

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The following documents should be forwarded to PAC, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway or uploaded to your online application form:

Certified copies of all official transcripts of results for all non-Maynooth University qualifications listed MUST accompany the application. Failure to do so will delay your application being processed. Non-Maynooth University students are asked to provide two academic references and a copy of birth certificate or valid passport.

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