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faasWelcome to the Department of Sociology at Trinity College Dublin.

Based in the School of Social Sciences and Philosophy, we are a leading hub for research on migration, ethnicity and inequalities offering innovative undergraduate and postgraduate programmes among an internationally diverse student and staff community. Sociology was first taught in Trinity College in 1968, and became an autonomous Department in 1978.  

As a Department we are committed to:

  • Research Excellence: The Department is internationally known for its work on migration, ethnicity and inequalities. Our main research themes are migration, integration and identities; employment, education and stratification; power, conflict and resistance as well as digitalisation and social networks. The Department also has a long-standing collaboration with one of Ireland’s premier research institutes, the Economic and Social Research Institute.

  • Innovative Teaching: The Department has won multiple staff and postgraduate teaching awards for its outstanding quality of teaching. We deliver modules across four different undergraduate programmes and offer two taught Masters programmes. Our research-led teaching approaches include a range of innovative methodologies to develop independent learners and equip them with transferable skills needed for today’s knowledge-based societies.

  • Global Engagement: The Department is one of very few at Trinity College where around one third of undergraduate students participate in international mobility programmes. Each year, we welcome a growing number of visiting students from around the world who enrich our shared multicultural learning environment. Our Visiting Professor and Scholar Programme has attracted international researchers from around the globe to spend time with us.

  • Public Outreach: Together with our colleagues at University College Dublin, we have initiated a series of high-profile public keynotes in which internationally acclaimed speakers discuss contemporary sociological issues. We actively engage with national and international policymakers, our research informs public policy-making and debates and we offer evening courses, including Race, Ethnicity, Conflict to enable the public to engage with the Department.

Our website will provide you with an overview of our distinctive approach to education and research. We are happy to provide you with additional information you may require and/or answer any questions that you may still have. We are always delighted to hear from potential students and from our graduates so please do get in touch.

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Professor Richard Layte
Head of the Department of Sociology