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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.

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.

Vision and Values Statement
The purpose of the graduate certificate in Equality Studies is to allow students to exit either the graduate certificate or M.Sc. in Equality Studies with an award, where the student in question is, for unforeseen reasons, unable to fulfil the full complement of credits required by the graduate diploma or masters.

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.

Number of credits


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, Social Justice and Children's Learning

Disability and Equality

Masculinities, Gender and Equality

International Economic Crisis

Geographies of the Global Sth

Latin America: social movements and postcolonial approaches

Gender, Inequality and Public Policy

Gender War and Violence

Reproductive Justice and Sexua

International Human Rights

Asylum and Refugee: Law, Politics and Rights

Topics in Continental Philos

International Political Theory

International Political Economy

Nationalism and Social Change

Art, Knowledge & Social Change

Crit Race & Decolonial Theory

Feminist & Egalitarian Research

Application date

How to apply?
The following entry routes are available:
Grad Dip Equality Studies FT (W395)
1 Years

Full Time

Rolling *

Grad Dip Equality Studies PT (W396)
2 Years

Part Time

Rolling *

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

Course fee

GradDip Equality Studies (W395) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 6125
nonEU fee per year - € 12800

GradDip Equality Studies (W396) Part Time
EU fee per year - € 4005
nonEU fee per year - € 6400

***Fees are subject to change

Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2019/2020 September

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