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Welcome from the Head of Department, Professor Ross Macmillan

Welcome to the Department of Sociology at the University of Limerick, Ireland.  We are located within the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Sociology is one of the foundational social sciences with a specific focus on core social dynamics and provides explanations for behaviour and experience in relation to social contexts of everyday life. It is a central element in the BSc in Social Sciences and a popular subject choice on the BA Joint Honours.  It is also offered as part of the BA in Psychology and Sociology, as well as many other undergraduate programmes. UL Sociology also offers two taught Masters programmes including the new MSc in Sociology and Data Analytics along with our PhD (by research) programme. Many of the department faculty are leading researchers in their areas of study and consistently produce highly influential research. Members of the Department have also won awards for teaching excellence, and the Department prides itself on providing a high-quality, intellectually engaging student experience. The values of methodological rigor, social relevance, internationalisation, and a commitment to social justice underpin the Department’s approach to developing students as knowledgeable members of the sociological community and as critical and engaged global citizens. If you have any queries about the study of Sociology at UL please feel free to email me at ross.macmillan@ul.ie 

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