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Sociology of Sustainability and Global Challenges

The innovative MA in the Sociology of Sustainability and Global Challenges is the only postgraduate programme of its kind in Ireland. It offers an intensive, praxis-oriented, critical understanding of some of the most pressing social challenges of our time including climate breakdown, climate justice, conflict, asylum, displacement and migration, social inequalities and sustainable futures.

This course is suitable for recent graduates and those who have been working in the private or community sector, NGOs, state agencies or advocacy groups. We welcome applicants from a wide range of backgrounds who may be looking for professional growth and new career options or those who simply want a space to critically reflect on the major social crises of our times as well as creative interventions for sustainable futures.

We offer advanced training in critical thinking and research, including contemporary practice-based approaches for thinking through global challenges. The course also prepares you for doctoral studies in the social sciences, or for employment in various sectors including:

  • community work, campaigns and advocacy
  • NGOs
  • media
  • civil service
  • education
  • social services
  • health care
  • public administration
  • research and development

For details on modules, fees and info on how to apply, please check out the Graduate Studies programme information page here

Click on the video below to hear Prof Maggie O'Neill and Dr Ger Mullally, amongst others, speak about this MA programme

 For further info, drop an email to 

Department of Sociology & Criminology

Socheolaíocht & Coireolaíocht

Askive, Donovan's Road, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland, T12 DT02