Equality Studies

MSc Equality Studies
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

The MSc in Equality Studies was designed for those who wish to develop an interdisciplinary understanding of global social justice issues and explore strategies for change. Drawing students from across the globe, the course emphasises the relationship between theory and practice with a view to bringing about positive social change. You learn about and develop your own ideas on a wide range of equality, human rights and global justice issues. You will benefit from the opportunity to specialize in areas of particular interest such as capitalism and social justice, gender justice and feminism, global inequalities, human rights law and practice, and minorities and discrimination.

The MSc in Equality Studies is the only masters of its kind in Europe and offers a unique opportunity to examine global equality issues from a range of perspectives.

The learning environment is student-centred and participatory with students from a wide range of backgrounds with diverse experience and interests including community activists, development practitioners, educators, healthcare professionals, civil servants and journalists.

Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

We welcome applicants from a wide a range of backgrounds, with diverse experience and interests. Current students are of various nationalities and include recent graduates, community activists, educators, health care professionals, civil servants and journalists. Please note that if you are intening to study this programme on a part time basis, classes do take place during normal working hours, though modules can be spread flexibly over the two years, subject to certain requirements (Egalitarian Theory always has to be taken in year 1, Feminist and Egalitarian Research and the Portfolio have to be taken in year 2).

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
Sociology of InequalityEQUL40180
Egalitarian TheoryEQUL40420
Research and Skills PortfolioEQUL40430
Feminist & Egalitarian ResearchSSJ40010

Stage 1 - Option
Equalities, Social Justice and Children's LearningEDUC42590
Human Rights Law and EqualityEQUL40070
Masculinities, Gender and EqualityEQUL40310
Development and the Global SouthGEOG40760
Critical Geographies: Spatialising Power and InequalitiesGEOG40970
Culture and SexualitiesGS40080
Gender, Conflict-related Harm & Transitional JusticeGS40100
Gender, Sexuality, and the Body; The Politics of BelongingGS40110
Gender: Global ConceptsGS40120
Topics in Continental PhilosPHIL41320
Theories of Global JusticePOL40140
International Political EconomyPOL40370
Theory of Human RightsPOL41030
The Politics of InequalityPOL41780
Advanced Disability StudiesPSY40640
Disability Policy LegislationPSY40890
Nationalism and Social ChangeSOC40620
Organised Violence and SocietySOC40720
Ideas, Ideology in Public Pol.SPOL41110

Entry requirements

Normally students on this programme will have attained a higher second class honours in their primary degree (NFQ Level 8) or international equivalent, and will have demonstrable experience in or aptitude for the field of equality studies, as illustrated in their personal statement. Students with a lower second class honours degree may be considered for the programme, depending on level of commensurate experience and qualifications, and availability of places, as assessed by the applications review panel.

All applicants will be asked to upload two references as part of their application, and to provide contact details for their referees. At least one of these referees should be someone who knows the applicant in an academic capacity.

In certain circumstances, the applications review panel may decide to invite applicants to interview.

Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.

These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes.

Application dates

How to Apply?

The following entry routes are available:

MSc Equality Studies FT (W105)
Duration 1 Years
Attend Full Time
Deadline Rolling*

MSc Equality Studies PT (W003)
Duration 2 Years
Attend Part Time
Deadline Rolling*

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised




1 year full-time, 2 years part-time.


MSc Equality Studies (W003) Part Time
EU fee per year - € 4760
nonEU fee per year - € 9950

MSc Equality Studies (W105) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 7315
nonEU fee per year - € 19900

***Fees are subject to change

Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website.Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme.
For further information please see International Scholarships.

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: 2024/2025 September.

Post Course Info

Careers & Employability
Equality Studies graduates work in multiple fields including politics, journalism, law, education, public policy, voluntary and community work, and human rights advocacy.

Alumni of the Masters in Equality Studies are employed by major national and international human rights and development organisations such as Amnesty International and the United Nations.

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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