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Equality Studies

GradDip Equality Studies

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 60)

The Graduate Diploma 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.

Vision and Values Statement

The purpose of the graduate diploma in Equality Studies is to cultivate an interdisciplinary appreciation of equality issues of both national and international significance, informed by extensive reading, critical analysis, advanced conceptualisation and independent research across social, political, cultural, economic and legal fields of enquiry. In addition to training across the 5 core disciplinary areas, the programme enables students to specialise further by choosing a single optional module in a particular sub-field of equality studies, thereby allowing the student to achieve greater breadth of knowledge across the field of equality studies taken as a whole. The programme is aimed at students who wish to develop a career or further studies in the field of equality, or who wish to become advocates or activists for equality in civil society or politics. The School adopts a student-centred approach and promotes a critical, emancipatory and feminist pedagogy that is carried through all aspects of the teaching and learning process. Teaching is dialogical and operates on the principle that students have much to bring to the learning experience, that students can learn from each other and that staff can learn from students. Assessment takes a variety of forms, including the traditional essay, public scholarship, collaborative work and project work, but does not include a minor dissertation. Extensive student feedback is sought for all modules and this is used to review and revise subsequent courses, assignments and assessments.

Entry requirements

Students on this programme will have attained at least a lower or upper 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.Your application will be considered on its individual merits and relevant professional experience will also be taken into account.

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 2 years part-time.

Careers or further progression

Careers & Employability
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

Human Rights Law and Equality

Sociology of Inequality

Researching and Challenging Social Injustice

Critical Political Economy

Gender Theory: Critical Themes

Stage 1 - Option

Equalities and Social Justice for Children

Disability and Equality

Masculinities, Gender and Equality

International Economic Crisis

Geographies of the Global Sth

Latin America: social movements and postcolonial approaches

International Human Rights

Asylum and Refugee: Law, Politics and Rights

Topics in Continental Philos

International Political Theory

International Political Economy

Ethnicity and Nationalism

Art, Knowledge & Social Change

Crit Race & Decolonial Theory

Feminist & Egalitarian Research

Travellers, Rights & Nomadism

Gender and Globalisation

Gender, Inequality and Public Policy

Gender War and Violence

Reproductive Justice and Sexua

Application date

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

The following entry routes are available:
Grad Dip Equality Studies FT (W395)
Duration 1 Years
Attendance Full Time
Deadline Rolling *

Grad Dip Equality Studies PT (W396)
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:2018/2019 September

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