Gender Studies

Over the past thirty years, Gender Studies at UCD has become one of the most established programmes of its kind in Ireland with a strong international reputation for feminist, queer, sexualities and masculinities scholarship, teaching and engagement in public policy and activism. Our programmes include a well-recognised PhD programme, and a Masters and Graduate Diploma in Gender Studies from one of the top 1% universities in the world.

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
Gender Studies: Critical Themes GS40090
Gender: Global Concepts GS40120

Stage 1 Option
Human Rights Law and Equality EQUL40070
Masculinities, Gender and Equality EQUL40310
Development and the Global South GEOG40760
Gender, Inequality and Public Policy GS40030
Culture and Sexualities GS40080
Gender, Conflict-related Harm & Transitional Justice GS40100
Gender, Sexuality, and the Body; The Politics of Belonging GS40110
Gender, Peace, and Security POL41720
Gender & the Political System POL42040

Entry requirements

Gender Studies Studies programmes, based in School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice at UCD are aimed at, but not exclusive to, applicants who have already completed an undergraduate degree in sociology, politics, history or other relevant fields and are interested in exploring further how gender plays a crucial role in the way we see the world and in how the world is organised.

Applicants are required to have a minimum of a 2.2 Honours or international equivalent in a honours level Bachelors degree (NFQ Level 8).

Applicants whose first language is not English also require proof of English language proficiency. English language certificates and the level of proficiency that the school requires is detailed

Applicants should also submit the contact details for two referees, at least one of whom should know you in an academic capacity, as well as a personal statement (circa 4-500 words) explaining why you are interested in studying this course.

Application dates

The following entry routes are available:
Graduate Diploma Gender Studies FT (W381)
1 year full-time
Deadline: Rolling*

Graduate Diploma Gender Studies PT (W382)
2 years part-time
Deadline: Rolling*

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


W381 - Full-Time: 1 Year
W382 - Part Time: 2 Years

Mode of delivery: Face-to-Face

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: 2024/2025 September.

Post Course Info

Careers & Employability
Graduates have become central members of local communities, key members of NGOs, employees in public-sector agencies, education and media organisations in roles such as: social researchers, project development managers, lecturers, journalists, and policy and advocacy officers.
Graduates work in Amnesty International, Immigrant Council of Ireland, Crisis Pregnancy Programme, Médecins Sans Frontières, National Broadcasting Authority, RTE, and the National Women’s Council of Ireland.

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  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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