PhD Options

We run a successful Ph.D. programme. Our Ph.D. researchers focus on a wide variety of topics, ranging from dementia care to sociology of the technology industry through to studying sociological concepts such as liminality. We welcome students who are interested in pursuing theoretical projects and also those who want to undertake more data driven work. Our Ph.D. supervisors are all advanced researchers in their fields and have all been published in leading international journals.

PhD Options

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.

PhD Sociology (PAC code: CKG55)

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. This pathway, it should be noted, includes all doctoral projects in criminology. 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. 

For more information on this programme, please contact Dr. Niamh Hourigan, the Postgraduate Programmes Coordinator, or the Recruitment Officer.

Department of Sociology


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