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Department of Sociology

Sociology was first taught in Trinity College in 1968. The Department has a strong research record in the area of migration, ethnicity and conflict and is the only Sociology Department in Ireland to feature in the Top 40 in Europe. The Department is also highly committed to delivering high-quality teaching and providing an international student experience.

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  • New Growing Up in Ireland Report Published
    The ‘Maternal Health Behaviours and Child Growth In Infancy’ report, co-authored by Prof Richard Layte from the Department of Sociology, provides evidence of the profound influence of early life environment on children’s subsequent health and identifies implications for policy-makers. The study was launched by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr James Reilly.
  • TCD Researchers Awarded Funding Under Horizon 2020
    An interdisciplinary team including researchers from the Department of Sociology (Prof. Richard Layte) and the TILDA Study (Dr Ann Hever) have been awarded € 6 million from the European Commission for the LIFEPATH project. The study aims to understand the determinants of diverging ageing pathways among individuals belonging to different socioeconomic groups.
  • Prestigious Grattan Scholarships Awarded to Postgraduate Students
    The School of Social Sciences and Philosophy awarded Grattan Scholarships to three postgraduate students at a reception hosted by the Provost recently. The scholarship programme supports exceptional PhD students who have the potential to become future academic leaders.

In The Spotlight

Richard LayteRichard Layte Appointed Professor of Sociology

The Department is pleased to welcome its new Professor of Sociology, Richard Layte. Professor Layte joins the department from the ESRI and his main research areas are patterns of social and economic disadvantage and inequality in developed countries, the individual and structural drivers of this and its influence on health and well-being across the lifecourse.


MPhilApplications for MPhil in Race, Ethnicity, Conflict Now Open

The Department of Sociology welcomes applications for its one-year full-time MPhil in Race, Ethnicity, Conflict. This unique programme, founded in 1997, combines a focus on race-critical theory, population movement, conflict and resistance. For further information including course structure and fees please click here. The application deadline is 30 June 2015.

Last updated 24 November 2014