Gender Globalisation & Rights

Students acquire the theoretical, conceptual and practical tools needed to apply a gender perspective and undertake gender analyses in relevant domains of practice and employment at local, national and international levels, as well as for advanced research at doctoral level and beyond. In addition to modules on globalisation, development, human rights, gender and feminist theory, health and sexuality, women in agriculture, historical perspectives, and peace and conflict, skills-based modules are offered in research methods, applied gender analysis and empowerment. Students also have the opportunity to undertake an accredited, two-month professional placement with a relevant organisation working on issues related to programme themes.

Graduates of the MA in Gender, Globalisation and Rights will be equipped with the knowledge, skills and practical experience needed to address the gender dimensions of globalisation and global issues from gender-based violence, global health crises and intersectional inequalities, to trafficking, conflict, climate change and extremism. Course participants gain an advanced understanding of global policies and norms in relation to development, human rights, and conflict, peace and security. Field-based learning and professional placements offer experiential learning that enhances employability.

Subjects taught

Core modules

Gender, Women and Human Rights
Feminist and Gender Theorising
Gender Perspectives on Globalisation
Research Methods and Methodologies
Research Workshops
Research Paper
Option modules (selected)
Development and Human Rights
Field-based Learning (EU/Ireland)
Gender, Sexuality and Global Health
Women, Conflict and Human Security
History and Narrative in Gender Research
Applied Gender Analysis
Professional Experience (placement)

Entry requirements

A Level 8 degree with upper Second Class Honours (2.1), or better, in a primary degree in a relevant discipline or equivalent international qualification. Publications and/or professional experience may be considered if the formal requirements are not completely satisfied.
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Application dates

Closing Date
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Applications are made online via the University of Galway Postgraduate Applications System


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

Enrolment dates

Next start date September 2024
Closing Date Offers are made on a rolling basis.

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Career Opportunities
This programme will benefit anyone seeking to expand the professional opportunities open to them by deepening their understanding of international development, human rights and other global issues, from a gender perspective. It is suitable for graduates and mature students, wishing to pursue a career in advocacy, equality, diversity and inclusion, policy research, communications, public service or advanced academic research, where knowledge of global issues and gender are important. Graduates are prepared to work at all levels of non-governmental organisations, research institutes, government bodies (e.g., UN, EU), and media organisations.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Part time

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