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Equality Studies

GradDip Equality Studies

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 70)

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

The Graduate Diploma 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 brining 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 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. No

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.

Entry requirements

Students on this programme should have attained at least a lower second class honours or international equivalent at Bachelors level and will have demonstrable experience in or aptitude for the field of Equality Studies, as illustrated in their personal statement.

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.


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

Number of credits


Careers or further progression

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.

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Dominic Shellard
Contact Number:+353 (0)1716 8682

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core

Egalitarian Theory and Practice EQUL40020
Human Rights Law and Equality EQUL40070
Global Justice and Development EQUL40110
Sociology of Inequality EQUL40180
Economics of Inequality EQUL40340
Achieving Egalitarian Change EQUL40350
Gender Theory: Critical Themes SSJ40050

Stage 1 - Option

Children's Rights & Participation EDUC41520
Racism and Anti-Racism EQUL40010
Equality and the Media EQUL40130
Education and Equality EQUL40190
Disability and Equality EQUL40200
Masculinities, Gender and Equality EQUL40310
International Human Rights LAW40790
The Good Society PHIL40420
International Political Theory POL40140
Race, Space and Place SOC40610
Ethnicity and Nationalism SOC40620
Art, Knowledge & Social Change SOC40790
Feminist & Egalitarian Research SSJ40010
Travellers, Rights & Nomadism SSJ40040
Gender and Globalisation WS40050
Gender, Inequality and Public Policy WS40150
Gender War and Violence WS40330


The programme is about understanding social injustice with a view to bringing about positive social change in the world we all inhabit. It is interdisciplinary and emphasises the relationship of theory to practice.

Application date

The following entry routes are available:

Grad Dip Equality Studies FT (W008)
Duration 1 Years
Attendance Full Time
Deadline Rolling *

Grad Dip Equality Studies PT (W102)
Duration 2 Years
Attendance Part Time
Deadline Rolling *

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

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2017/2018 September

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