A Master of Sociology post-graduate degree is of interest to those looking for professional growth and new professional options. A master's degree in sociology from the University College Cork prepares students for the pursuit of doctoral studies in the social sciences, or for employment in a variety of sectors including the media, the public service, education, social services, health care, public administration, public policy, and the non-governmental sector.
For those wishing to pursue professional careers in academia, research, or civil society, the Department of Sociology offers a range of PhD programmes designed to accommodate individual students’ interests and career goals.
The PhD in Sociology is a classic, research-based PhD programme, most suitable for individuals interested in careers in academia and research, or those desiring to develop expertise in a particular research or issue area. Over the course of the three to four-year degree, students will benefit from high-quality supervision by some of Ireland’s best-know sociologists and internationally renowned experts, and have the opportunity to participate in a variety of post-graduate seminars, conferences and summer schools. In addition to developing expertise in their individual interest areas, students may also have the opportunity to develop their research and teaching skills through teaching and research assistantships.
The PhD GREP is a full-time, four-year, taught, structured degree aimed at graduates of sociology, social policy, applied social studies, government, politics, anthropology and cognate disciplines who wish to pursue research in the general areas of globalisation, policy analysis, civil society, the state, active citizenship and culture. The aim of the programme is to produce highly skilled social researchers who can contribute to the development of society and the public sphere either as autonomous social researchers, academics, or critically informed leaders in civil society and statutory or market organisations.
The Higher Diploma in Arts (Sociology) is intended for those who already have a degree and who wish to study the subject Sociology intensively over one academic year full-time or two academic years part-time (by day). The Higher Diploma in Arts is a conversion programme and applicants’ would not normally have studied the relevant Higher Diploma in Arts subject to honours degree level previously. Its is aimed at graduates who may wish to be considered for a Masters programme in the subject area subsequently (but do not have an honours degree in the relevant area) or who may wish to add the Higher Diploma in Arts subject to their qualifications attainments.
These programmes are accredited by University College Cork, ranked in the top 2% of the world's universities.
International Student Requirements:
Non-native speakers of English must have achieve a score of 6.5 in an IELTS test with no individual score below 5.5. Equivalent English language qualifications will also suffice.