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MA in Sociology

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  • Objectives
    The MA or Diploma in Sociology is designed to provide training in advanced approaches to social theory, to further the understanding of the relationships between theory and observation, and to develop the capacity to apply contending theories to research problems. There are opportunities to take options that focus on Irish society and the course is led by researchers experienced at working in one of the most interesting research environments in Europe. The MA differs from the Diploma in the requirement of a research dissertation and is designed to provide sociological training which is both valuable in its own right and may serve as a stepping stone to Doctoral research.
  • Entry requirements
    Entrance Requirements Normally an upper second class honours degree in one of the Social Sciences from a recognised University.
  • Academic Title
    MA in Sociology
  • Course description
    Course Content

    -Advanced Sociological Inquiry
    -Qualitative or Quantitative Methodology
    -Theory and Practice in Social Research

    Optional modules include:
    Conflict and Change in Northern Ireland Religion, Gender and Power in Irish Society

    Dissertation

    Assessment
    To complete the Diploma, modules have to be passed at the 40 per cent threshold. In order to progress to the dissertation and to be awarded the master’s modules must be passed at the 50 per cent threshold. Distinction will be awarded to students who achieve an average mark of 70 per cent or more.

    Funding
    Students should consult the Postgraduate Awards Office for the availability of University awards.

    Special Features
    Provides advanced training in sociological analysis and research, and an excellent stepping stone for doctoral research.

    Opportunities for Careers
    There is a continuing demand from employers for sociology postgraduates. The various flexible skills such as communication, research and analytical skills are highly valued by employers.

    Common career paths include management, marketing, administration, teaching, civil service, voluntary and community research, information/advice work, care and support services.

    There is also the option of further postgraduate study for a doctorate.

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