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PhD Programme

Sociology offers the opportunity for research students to enter our PhD programme. Our programme is designed to produce rigorously trained, widely-read and well-rounded sociologists, able to take their place in the forefront of the profession.

PhD in Sociology at Trinity College

Sociology offers the opportunity for research students to enter our PhD programme. Our programme is designed to produce rigorously trained, widely-read and well-rounded sociologists, able to take their place in the forefront of the profession.

A significant number of entrants to the programme are graduates from Irish universities, yet the programme has also attracted students from all over the world. Graduates, or current students, have come from Ireland, Italy, the USA, Poland, Germany, the UK, South Africa, Israel and Palestine, to name just a few. This international mix adds a positive and exciting dimension to the life of the Department.

Course Structure

In the first year students attend a module in quantitative and qualitative social research methods, the PhD Skills Suite and the Sociology Research Seminar Series. In the second, third and fourth years of the PhD programme, students attend one methodological/theoretical workshop in their area of interest or one module from the Innovation Academy. They also present their work in progress within the Research Seminar Series.

Visit the structure section for additional details.

Is it for me?

Our four year doctoral programme is designed to give students the highest level of training to become scholars at the forefront of the discipline.

Candidates are expected to master research techniques; develop their facility for academic writing; and become adept at presenting and defending their views in front of an audience of their peers. Graduate students are provided with ample opportunity to achieve these goals through one–on–one interaction with their supervisors, collaboration with other members of the Department and a weekly seminar series.

A thriving informal community among postgraduates and proximity to cultural and social resources in the centre of Dublin provides support and companionship for the demanding process of completing a PhD.

What are the admission requirements?

The Department welcomes applications from all well–qualified applicants. Admission to the programme is highly competitive. A successful applicant will have a strong background and demonstrated track record of excellence in sociology. Preference is given to applicants whose research interests coincide with those of a member of the Department.

Visit the How to Apply section for additional details.