Course Overview

The MA in Gender, Globalisation and Rights is a flagship programme of the Centre for Global Women’s Studies at University of Galway. It offers a unique opportunity for in-depth study of the gender dimensions of globalisation and global issues, through an interdisciplinary programme that combines the fields of: gender and women’s studies, international development, human rights, and peace and conflict studies. Students acquire the theoretical, conceptual and practical tools needed to apply a gender perspective and undertake gender analyses in relevant domains of practice and employment at local, national and international levels, as well as for advanced research at doctoral level and beyond. In addition to modules on globalisation, development, human rights, gender and feminist theory, health and sexuality, women in agriculture, historical perspectives, and peace and conflict, skills-based modules are offered in research methods, applied gender analysis and empowerment. Students also have the opportunity to undertake an accredited, two-month professional placement with a relevant organisation working on issues related to programme themes.

Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via the University of Galway Postgraduate Applications System

Who Teaches this Course

  • Dr. Anne Byrne, BA NIHE, Ireland, MA (Sociology) NUI Galway, PhD (Sociology) University of Limerick.
  • Dr. Aine Macken-Walsh, BA (NUI Galway), MA, University of Padova, Italy, PhD (Sociology) University of  Galway.
  • Dr. Eilis Ward, BA (Political Science and Sociology & Philosophy) NUI Galway, MA (International Relations) Northeastern University (Boston, Mass., USA),  PhD (International Relations), Trinity College Dublin.
  • Dr. Una Murray, B. Ed (St Patricks College, Drumcondra), MA (Development Studies) University of East Anglia, PhD (Development) University College Cork, MII Graduate (Irish Marketing Institute).

Dr Nata Duvvury
BA, MA, M.Phil., Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer
School of Political Science &
NUI Galway
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Dr Niamh Reilly
M.A., Ph.D., LLM
Established Professor of Political Science and Sociology
Aras Moyola
School of Political Science and Sociology
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Requirements and Assessment

Assessment is continuous, based on class participation, project work, in-class presentations, final essays, placement-related tasks and an independently researched minor thesis.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have attained Second Class Honours, Grade 1 (2:1), or better, in a primary degree in a relevant discipline (at National Framework of Qualifications Level 8), or equivalent international qualification. Publication/professional experience as deemed suitable by the College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies may be considered if the formal requirements are not completely satisfied.

(Please visit this website for detail of any supporting documents that may be required when applying to this course.)

Additional Requirements


1 year, full-time; 2 years, part-time

Next start date

September 2023

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Please view the offer rounds website.

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Course Outline

The MA involves completion of 90 credits (ECTS) including a minor dissertation (30 credits). Two modules (10 credits each) examine the gender dimensions of globalisation and human rights respectively, including in-depth discussion of key concepts and practice, and initiatives to advance gender equality, in each domain. A third 10-credit module introduces students to major debates in gender and feminist theory. A module on research methods is also completed (5 credits). In addition to these core modules, students choose 25 credits from a range of options including the professional placement module (10 credits) and/or a selection of 5-credit options including: Applied Gender Analysis; Women, Conflict and Security; Historical Perspectives on Women and Gender; Sexuality and Global Health Crises; Human Rights and Development; and Women in Irish Agriculture. Practical workshops are offered throughout the year to strengthen academic research and writing skills and other aspects of professional development. Modules are assessed on the basis of final essays, learning journals, practical assignments, in-class presentations, and, in the case of the placement, a portfolio, including an applied project agreed with the host organisation. Placement hosts include local, national and international organisations and agencies concerned with advancing equality, development, peace and human rights.  The dissertation module includes research and methods workshops, group work, and one-to-one supervision. Further information is available here.

Module details for full time course

Module details for part time course

Curriculum Information

Curriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Glossary of Terms

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Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Applicants must have attained Second Class Honours, Grade 1 (2:1), or better, in a primary degree in a relevant discipline (at National Framework of Qualifications Level 8), or equivalent international qualification. Publication/professional experience as deemed suitable by the College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies may be considered if the formal requirements are not completely satisfied. 

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

Transferable Skills Employers Value

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€7,680 full-time; €3,875 part-time p.a. 2023/24

Fees: Tuition

€7,540 full-time; €3,770 part-time p.a. 2023/24

Fees: Student levy

€140 full-time; €105 part-time p.a. 2023/24

Fees: Non EU

€18,305 p.a. 2023/24

Postgraduate students in receipt of a SUSI grant – please note an F4 grant is where SUSI will pay €4,000 towards your tuition (2023/24).  You will be liable for the remainder of the total fee.  An F5 grant is where SUSI will pay tuition up to a maximum of €6,270. SUSI will not cover the student levy of €140.

Postgraduate fee breakdown = Tuition (EU or NON EU) + Student levy as outlined above.

Note to non-EU students: learn about the 24-month Stayback Visa here

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