Race Migration & Decolonial Studies

MA Race, Migration & Decolonial Studies

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

Why is the Black Lives Matter movement so necessary and, for many, so threatening? How can Europeans disavow migrants from their own former colonies who seek refuge on their shores? What is intersectional activism? What is necessary to cultivate veritable solidarity across differences? How can we imagine, think and act beyond the constraints of the western, state-centred status quo?

Well over 100 years ago W.E.B. DuBois warned that the colour-line would constitute the defining issue of the 20th century. The 21st is already noteworthy for the deepening impunity of state and everyday violence towards 'minorities' of all persuasions. It is also increasingly characterised by large scale political surges to the extreme right, which have been empowered by mass incitement to hatred through the vilification of migrants. Why and how has 'race' played so central a role in these conditions and the extraordinary acts of resistance engaged to transform them? Why does a chronic lack of public knowledge concerning the social, political and economic histories fostering them continue to undermine effective collective action and positive change?

This unique programme examines the global historical legacies and entanglements of colonialism, imperialism and neoliberalism as they underpin these and other contemporary injustices exacted upon the vulnerable, the precarious, the stigmatised. In the tradition of black feminist, critical race and decolonial perspectives, the theories and practices of scholars, cultural workers and activists of colour and other 'others' constitute central components of its pedagogy.

Students will build on core modules in critical race and decolonial scholarship, global migration and creative art/research practices, with optional modules available from across a range of disciplines, literatures and societal issues. The minor dissertation project is an opportunity for students to further develop conceptual frameworks, methodologies and forms of knowledge mobilisation for use in their chosen fields and sectors – whether academic, activist, art, practitioner and/or policy focused.

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have a primary degree in sociology or social science, or a closely related discipline.

A Second Class Honours Grade One (2:1) or higher is required but Second Class Honours Grade Two (2:2) standard or equivalent may be considered. Applicants who do not meet the academic requirements but can confirm professional qualifications and/or experience will be considered. Applicants may be called for an interview.

All candidates are expected to be proficient in written and spoken English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must submit evidence of a certificate of proficiency (such as TOEFL, Cambridge or IELTS). Test results must be less than two years old.

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


Supporting documentation must be submitted by all students. Applications will not be considered unless all documents are submitted immediately and received by UCD before the closing date. Documents must be uploaded to the Online Applications system.

Subjects taught

Core Modules include:
Critical Race & Decolonial Paradigms
Global Migration
Art, Knowledge & Social Change

Optional Modules include:
Geographies of the Global South
Postcolonial Geographies
Queer Frictions
Theory of Sexuality & Gender
Ethnicity & Nationalism
Everyday Nationalism
Social Research
Economic Globalisation
Qualitative Research
Organised Violence & Society
Global Justice & Development
Racism & Anti-Racism
Human Rights Law & Equality
Immigration & Asylum Law
Travellers Rights & Nomadism
Gender, War & Violence

The options for 2020/2021 may be subject to change. Internships available on a limited basis to qualified students.




MA Race, Migration & Decolonial Studies FT (W430)
Duration 1 Years
Attendance Full Time
Deadline Rolling *

MA Race, Migration & Decolonial Studies PT (W431)
Duration 2 Years
Attendance Part Time
Deadline Rolling *


MA Race, Migration & Decolonial Studies (W430) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 7315
nonEU fee per year - € 19900

MA Race, Migration & Decolonial Studies (W431) Part Time
EU fee per year - € 4760
nonEU fee per year - € 9950

***Fees are subject to change

Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website.

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: 2020/2021 September.

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Careers & Employability
There are exciting opportunities for students in a wide and dynamic range of professions including careers in:
• Media and Public Relations
• Policy Analysis and Service Provision
• Social, Community and Youth Development
• Politics and Civil Society and in Cultural and Creative Industries.

Past Graduates have taken the following career and development destinations:
• University Lecturers, Ireland & internationally
• NGOs, IGOs and QUANGOs, Ireland & internationally
• Funded doctoral programmes across Europe
• University international student support offices
• Government, Public Service and Civic organisations, nationally & Internationally
• Independent Research and Private Consultative Companies

The have worked with Irish Organisations such as:
• Irish Refugee Council
• New Communities Partnership
• Dublin City Council
• Finglas Library
• Royal College of Surgeons
• Economic and Social Research Institute
• Immigrant Council of Ireland

And International Organisations which include:
• UN Secretary General Offices
• OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions & Human Rights
• International Organisation for Migration
• Hague Institute for Global Justice
• Save the Children International & UNICEF
• Red Cross
• Euro-found
• International Potato Centre

A large number of our Graduates continue through to PhD level. Some professions require further training, qualifications or certification.

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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