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Equality Studies

MSc Equality Studies

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
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 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 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.

Entry requirements

Normally students on this programme will have attained a higher second class honours in their primary degree 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.


W105: 1 year full-time, W003: 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)1 716 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

Minor Thesis EQUL40140

Education and Equality EQUL40190

Disability and Equality EQUL40200

Masculinities, Gender and Equality EQUL40310

International Economic Crisis GEOG40470

International Human Rights LAW40790

Human Rights Clinic LAW41670

The Good Society PHIL40420

International Political Theory POL40140

Theory of Human Rights POL41030

The Ethics of Immigration and Citizenship POL41710

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

Reproductive Justice and Sexua WS40360


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:

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

MSc Equality Studies PT (W003)
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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