Equality Diversity & Inclusion

Key programme benefits to future students
The programme provide learners with the knowledge and understanding needed to deal effectively with issues of equality, diversity and inclusion at all levels of Irish society, the community and the workplace.

Learners draw on academic literature and practical case studies to identify and address challenges in their personal and professional environment and are provided with the competence to become leaders in this area in order to contribute to the development of socially inclusive spaces in the community and workplace.

The programme is delivered by lecturers from across the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Limerick. This allows learners to engage in interdisciplinary, research-led teaching with experts in diverse fields including law, linguistics, sociology and public administration.

Subjects taught

Year 1
Autumn Modules
• Equality and Diversity in the Workplace
• Language and Inclusion in Organisations

Spring Modules
• Postgraduate Human Rights Law Online
• Inequality and Social Exclusion
• Equality in Practice 1

Year 2
Autumn Modules
• Law and Justice

Spring Modules
• Collaborative Governance and Leadership
• Intercultural Competence: Knowledge and Skills

Entry requirements

Applicants must normally have a first or second class Level 8 honours degree (NFQ or other internationally recognised equivalent) in a relevant or appropriate subject, or equivalent prior learning that is recognised by the University as meeting this requirement. Applicants must also satisfy the English Language Requirements of the University. The University reserves the right to shortlist and interview applicants as deemed necessary.

What to Upload with your Application
A supporting statement of 300-500 words outlining why you wish to apply for a place on your chosen programme. Please specify whether you wish to apply for the Certificate (1 year) or Diploma (2-year) programme. Students who have successfully completed the Graduate Certificate (or are currently enrolled and anticipate successful completion in the current academic year) may apply for direct entry into Year 2 of the Diploma. If you fall into this category, please specify same as part of your supporting statement. Offer of a place in this instance will depend on successful completion of all certificate modules.
A copy of your birth certificate or passport
Qualification transcripts and/or certificates (including certified English translations if applicable)
If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice
If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:
• English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
• English language competency certificate

Application dates

Preparing your Application:
1. Research your programme: Each postgraduate programme at University of Limerick is unique. Explore your course content, duration, fees, and entry requirements on ul.ie.

2. Check Eligibility: Ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria for the course you are interested in. This usually includes your undergraduate degree award, subject specialities, English language proficiency (for non-native speakers), and any specific requirements for the course.

3. Prepare Documents: Gather all the necessary documents. This typically includes your academic transcripts, CV, personal statement, and references. If English is not your first language, you’ll also need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency.

4. Online Application: Once you are ready to apply, visit your postgraduate programme page on ul.ie/gps and use the Apply Now button to access UL’s online application system. You will need to create an account if you are a new user.

5. Complete the Application: Fill in the application form with all the required details. This will include personal information and academic history.

6. Upload Documents: Upload all the necessary documents that you prepared earlier. Make sure they are clear and legible.

7. Submit Application: Review your application thoroughly to ensure all information is correct and then submit your application. The application fee for your postgraduate application is €50. This includes an option to choose a second choice.

8. Track Your Application: After submission, you can track the status of your application through the online application system.

9. Interview: Depending on the programme, you may be invited for an interview. This could be in person or online.

10. Acceptance: If your application is successful, you will receive an offer email from the university. You will need to accept this offer to secure your place.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and places offered to successful candidates. This means that it’s a good idea to apply as early as possible to increase your chances of securing a place.

Please note that these steps are a general guide and the exact process may vary depending on the specific programme and your individual circumstances. Always check the University of Limerick website or contact the postgraduate admissions department for the most accurate and up-to-date information.


2 years part-time, online.

Enrolment dates


Post Course Info

Graduate careers
The Graduate Diploma in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion is designed for all who espouse the values of social inclusion and equality. It has particular resonance for those working in the private sector and for staff of community and voluntary organisations who seek to create inclusive and diverse workplaces. The programme allows these individuals to upskill in the areas of equality, diversity and inclusion.

More details
  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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