Applied Social Studies, M.Litt. | Maynooth University | Maynooth, Ireland
24 months
14000 EUR/year
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Interested individuals are encouraged to make an informal approach to the Department to discuss their proposal and establish an initial fit between their interests and the Department’s research priorities and expertise.  This Applied Social Studies programme is offered by Maynooth University. 

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Key Features

Formally, an applicant wishing to undertake a research degree should submit a research proposal in writing of 3,000–4,000 words and consult with the Department on the general suitability of the research topic, and on the availability of an appropriate supervisor.

The research proposal for the Applied Social Studies programme is offered by Maynooth University should provide the following information:

  • Introduction to the central research topic that the student proposes to investigate
  • Reference to the key debates and issues relevant to the research
  • An indication the body of literature that the research will analyse; the main data that will be collected and/or analysed and the methods that will be used
  • An outline of the potential significance of the proposed research for the field under investigation

Programme Structure

Research interests of staff in the Department of Applied Social Studies span the following areas:
  •  Equality and human rights, and more specifically race, racism, ethnicity, Traveller culture, intercultural studies, women’s studies, age and ageism
  • Youth affairs, youth work and the sociology of youth, policy in respect of children
  • Community development and community work, education and training for the social professions
  • Criminal justice policy, juvenile justice
  • Irish, comparative, and European social policy
  • Social policy and older people
  • Linking poverty, social inclusion and equality
  • Social partnership, civil society, the ‘third sector’ and public policy

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months
  • Part-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Minimum 2.1 in undergraduate degree. Entry also subject to Departmental approval of application and proposal Departmental ability to provide supervision
  • Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.
  • Minimum English language requirements:• IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score• TOEFL (Paper based test): 585• TOEFL (Internet based test): 95• PTE (Pearson): 62

Tuition Fee

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    14000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14000 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Maynooth

650 - 1000 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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