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Equality Studies

University College Dublin


  • Dublin


  • Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)
  • Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ)

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  • Part time

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Enrolment and Start Dates Comment

Starting: September 2015.

Application Date

Applicants for September 2016 intake, please note that applications will open on 01 October 2015.

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

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Entry Requirements

If English is not your first language, unless you have done your primary degree through English in an English speaking country, an English language qualification is required for all programmes. Please check the UCD International Office website for details of this requirement.

Graduate Diploma in Equality Studies Admissions ; You will need:

- A pass degree or equivalent.

- Transcripts from your degree

- A statement of your interest in the programme (circa one page): why you would like to receive an offer for a place on this programme. It could be useful to include a note of any relevant experience (e.g. voluntary or paid work in the community or public sector).

- Names and contact details for two referees

The Graduate Diploma may provide a progression route to the MSc in Equality Studies. Please email socialjustice@ucd.ie if you have queries about this.

Please note that if you have relevant experience but do not hold a pass degree and are interested in applying for the programme you should email socialjustice@ucd.ie

You will find the application details under the taught postgraduate programmes in the College of Human Sciences: School of Social Justice.

If you have any queries relating to your application please email socialjustice@ucd.ie


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.

Course Content

Who is the Graduate Diploma in Equality Studies for?
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.

Our lecturers, current and past students are available to meet to answer your questions.

What will I learn?
You learn about and develop your own ideas on a wide range of equality, human rights and global justice issues. Core themes addressed are:
- Social Class, Capitalism and Economic Inequality
- Gender and Social Justice – Issues for Women and Men
- Global North-South Inequalities – Challenging the Global Divides
- Minorities, Discrimination and the Recognition of Differences.

How will I benefit?
The learning environment is student-centred and participatory and will equip you will critical thinking, analytical and other skills you can bring to bear on any field of endeavour.

The programme is the only one of its kind in Europe and offers a unique opportunity to examine equality issues from a range of vantage points. Our former students consistently give the programme the highest possible rating in annual evaluations.

What is the programme about?
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.

Programme Highlights:
Core modules on offer are: Egalitarian Theory and Practice, Economics of Social Policy; Feminist Theory and Practice; Sociology of Inequality; Human Rights Law; and Economics of Development.

In addition to these, students can choose from a menu of optional modules spanning topics such as ‘race' and racism, disability, sexuality, the media, education and equality, social policy, class and capitalism, ageism, masculinities; international human rights law and discrimination law.

Subjects Taught

Full time students: you must take one optional module. You are also encourages to audit additional modules.

Part time students: You must take one optional module in year 1 or 2. You are also encouraged to audit additional modules.

EQUL 40150 Discrimination Law 10 Credits 48570 level: 4 (Masters)
EQUL 40190 Education and Equality 10 Credits 38097 level: 4 (Masters)
EQUL 40200 Disability Issues and Equality 10 Credits 46589 level: 4 (Masters)
EQUL 40310 Masculinities & Equality 10 Credits 48670 level: 4 (Masters)
WS 40190 Sexualities 10 Credits level: 4 (Masters)
EQUL 40010 Racism and Anti-Racism 10 Credits level: 4 (Masters)
EQUL 40050 Political Theory of Equality 10 Credits 45754 level: 4 (Masters)
EQUL 40130 Equality and the Media 10 Credits 38094 level: 4 (Masters)
EQUL 40240 International Human Rights Law 10 Credits level: 4 (Masters)
EQUL 40330 Equality and Diversity in Higher Education 10 Credits level: 4 (Masters)
WS 40150 Women, Inequality and Policy 10 Credits level: 4 (Masters)
POL 40130 Poverty, Development and Global Justice 10 Credits level: 4 (Masters)

Number of Credits

Careers or Further Progression

Our graduates work in every sector, including trade unions, non-governmental organisations, statutory agencies, the civil service, and journalism.

Further Enquiries

Contact Name: Marianna Vlas
Contact Number: +353 (0)1 716 7104

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