What will I learn?

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.

Course Structure

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.

Career Options

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.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (1 Year)

Tuition fees
€14,000.00 (US$ 15,973) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

30 August 2022

More details

Start date

31 January 2022, 19 September 2022


Maynooth University



Republic of Ireland

Entry requirements

For international students

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

English Language Requirements

IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score

TOEFL (Internet based test): 79 minimum

TOEFL (Paper based test): 546 minimum

Cambridge Proficiency and Cambridge First: 176

PTE(Pearson): 58 minimum

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Maynooth University

Maynooth is an internationally esteemed ‘young’ university, with a rich heritage, that offers an excellent student learning experience.

  • Located in Ireland’s only university town, 25km from Dublin
  • Three faculties with 34 academic departments
  • No.43 in THE 100 Universities Under 50 rankings
  • International Office offering friendly, dedicated support

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