Award Type and NFQ level : POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA (9)

CAO/PAC code : MHY62

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Closing Date : 30 June 2023

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The goal of the Postgraduate Diploma is to provide a learning environment in which students are provided with the necessary critical and analytical skills to make sense of societies undergoing rapid and dramatic transitions.

The Postgraduate Diploma programme interrogates the political, economic and social dimensions of change in transitional societies, using Ireland as a key point of reference. Our aim is to stimulate students to think about the role that sociological analysis can play in helping to advance solutions to the current social and economic challenges. The programme also provides professional training in analytical reasoning and research methods in the social sciences.

The skills acquired transferable to a wide range of careers.

Honours Degree of at least a 2:2 in Social Science or a cognate discipline.

Jane Gray


Department of Sociology

Department of Social Sciences Institute (MUSSI)

Department of IQDA

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Department of Sociology

Students will complete 60 credits over the academic year.

Students will take a core module on analytical reasoning in the social sciences (10 credits), alongside two core social research methods options (20 credits).

Students will also take three additional substantive modules (10 credits each). Each module will be delivered through 24 hours of in- class teaching in the form of seminars and some computer lab based workshops.

The core programme will be delivered in co-operation with the existing M.A. programme in Sociology. Students will be introduced to existing social science research archives and data sets, (including the Irish qualitative data archive at Maynooth) and major research projects including the ERC funded New Deals project.

Course Duration: 1 Year full-time

Graduates of this course will be able to work as social researchers, work in policy, in the media and in a variety of organisations and industries. They will be able to develop, execute and report on research projects for a range of public and private sector goals. Graduates will be able to interface with programmers and designers, and with those working on the statistical analysis of data. There is a demand for digitally literate graduates who understand the social, cultural, political, legal and business aspects of managing transnational online customers and users. The MA is also suitable for those who wish to bring their sociological knowledge to a new level, and potentially move on to doctoral research.

Online application only

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The following information 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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