Study Equality Studies in Ireland @UCD

The Masters in Equality Studies in University College Dublin is the only graduate program of its kind in Europe and consistently attracts students of high academic ability from across the globe. The faculty in UCD’s Equality Studies Program is drawn from a wide range of disciplines, including sociology, economics, political theory, law, feminist theory and public policy – offering North American students a unique opportunity to examine equality, human rights and social justice issues from a range of academic perspectives.

Strong links with US universities ensure that faculty can support North American students in developing a critical view of equality and social justice issues in their own country from an external European standpoint. Visitors to the Equality Studies program have included the renowned Professor and New Left theorist at University of Wisconsin Madison, Professor Erik Olin Wright; the activist and feminist organiser, Selma James; and the Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland, Patricia Hill Collins, who is recognised globally for her work on Black Activism and Black Feminism.

Students are attracted to the Masters in Equality Studies because of its academic rigour, its deliberate approach of linking theory to action for justice, its collaborative and dialogical approach to teaching and learning, and its openness intellectually to different theoretical and experiential perspectives on how to resolve global, regional and local injustices. Students benefit from the opportunity to specialise in areas of particular interest such as capitalism and social justice, gender justice and feminism, global inequalities, minorities, discrimination, and human rights.

UCD School of Social Justice is widely respected for its work with minority and marginalised groups in Ireland and other EU countries – it works with community groups and with statutory bodies to bring about egalitarian-led change. Specialisation is possible because of close links with other colleges and schools through UCD’s Egalitarian World Initiative Network, a university-wide initiative that integrates research and teaching programs with outreach activities promoting social inclusion and policy analysis. The School has strong links with activists outside the university. The ongoing interchange of ideas that takes place between community leaders, activists and academics guarantees an exciting and challenging academic experience for students of the MSc in Equality Studies.

UCD Equality Studies Center, located in UCD School of Social Justice, was established to encourage research initiatives in the area of equality and social justice. The Center has a dynamic research culture, as witnessed by numerous book and journal publications and success in securing outside funding for research programs from the EU, government departments and NGOs. Areas currently being researched at the Center include alternative economic modules, affective equality, human rights, new managerialism within education, and social justice issues in palliative care.

Equality Studies graduates work in all walks of life including politics, law, education, public policy, voluntary and community work, and the professions. A significant number pursue doctoral studies at top universities around the world. Graduates consistently assign the highest possible rating in annual evaluations to the Equality Studies program in UCD.

University College Dublin (UCD) is Ireland’s largest university with over 24,000 students and is ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide. Ireland’s most diverse university, UCD educates more than 5,000 international students from 122 countries each year. UCD attracts more postgraduate students in Ireland than any other university with 25 per cent of all postgraduate students in Ireland choosing UCD. International students can avail of an extensive range of on-campus accommodation with 24-hour security and state-of-the-art sports and campus facilities on UCD’s leafy campus located in South Dublin.

As a safe, welcoming, English-speaking country in Europe, Ireland is the destination of choice for US students seeking to expand their life experience and advance their education overseas. International students are attracted to Ireland as much for its history and culture as for the friendliness of its people. Dublin, Ireland’s capital city, has earned a reputation as one of the best cities in Europe for international students. With a population of 1.5 million, this modern, lively European city serves as the ideal gateway for exploring Europe.

To find out more about postgraduate programs in UCD School of Social Justice, visit or contact Elizabeth Hassell at


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