MA (Global Women's Studies: Gender, Globalisation and Rights)— full-time, part-time

College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Celtic Studies

Course overview

The MA in Gender, Globalisation and Rights is a flagship programme of the Centre for Global Women’s Studies at NUI 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.

Key facts

Entry requirements

Applicants must have attained second-class honours or better in a primary degree in a relevant discipline (at National Framework of Qualifications Level 8), or equivalent international qualification (minimum GPA 3.00 out of 4.00). Publication/professional experience as deemed suitable by the College of Arts may be considered where the formal requirements are not completely satisfied.

Duration: 1 year, full-time
2 year, part-time

Next start date: September 2016

ECTS weighting: 90

Average intake: 20

Closing date: Please see the offer round dates for further information.

Mode of study: Taught

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 at:

Applications and selections

Applications are made online via The Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Relevant PAC application code(s) above.

Who teaches this course?

  • Dr. Anne Byrne, BA NIHE, Ireland, MA (Sociology) NUI Galway, PhD (Sociology) University of Limerick.
  • Ms. Mary Clancy, BA, H.Dip. in Ed. (NUI), MA (History) NUI Galway.
  • Dr. Nata Duvvury, BA (Economics) Rice University, MA (Economics) University of Alberta, PhD (Economics) Jawaharlal Nehru University.
  • Dr. Su-ming Khoo, BA (Anthropology & Geography) University College London, PhD (Sociology & Social Policy) Queen’s University Belfast, Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, NUI Galway.
  • Dr. Aine Macken-Walsh, BA (NUI Galway), MA, University of Padova, Italy, PhD (Sociology) NUI Galway
  • Dr. Vesna Malesevic, BA (Sociology) University of Zagreb, Croatia, MA (Society and Politics) Central European University, Warsaw, Poland, PhD (Sociology) UCC, Ireland.
  • Dr. Niamh Reilly, BA (Politics and Economics) UCD, Ireland, MA (International Development) (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee), PhD (Politics) (Rutgers University New Jersey, USA), LLM (Conflict, Peace Operations and Humanitarian Law) NUI 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.

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.

Find out more

Dr. Niamh Reilly, Programme Director
T+ 353 91 494 345

PAC code

GYA44 (full-time)
GYA45 (part-time)

Fees for this course

EU (Total): €6,015 p.a. 2015/16
 - Tuition: €5,791 p.a. 2015/16
 - Student levy: €224 p.a. 2015/16
Non-EU (Total): €13,250 p.a. 2015/16

Postgraduate students in receipt of a SUSI grant – please note an F4 grant is where SUSI will pay €2,000 towards your full-time tuition.  You will be liable for the remainder of the total fee.  An F5 grant is where SUSI will pay full-time TUITION up to a maximum of €6,270.  SUSI will not cover the student levy of €224.  M.A. EU Full time programme:  €6,015, EU Part time programme:  €3,065 p.a.

Postgraduate fee breakdown = tuition (EU or NON EU) + student levy as outlined above.

Past Student

Saba Gebremedhin Hagos, MA Graduate and Irish Aid Scholar (2013-2014), Executive Director, Network of Ethiopian Women's Associations, Ethiopia.

"I am very happy that I chose the MA in Gender, Globalisation and Rights. What I have learnt has strengthened my sense that what my organisation is doing is correct but also the need for deeper analysis and a more global perspective. I now see the importance of certain issues that the women’s movement in my country needs to grasp such as trafficking and migration."

Past Student

Mary McGill, MA Graduate (2014), communications professional and doctoral scholarship awarded (commencing September 2015), Ireland.

“The MA in Gender, Globalisation and Rights solidified my belief in the fundamental role gender plays in shaping societies around the world. In my work as a communications professional and as an early career cultural studies researcher, the MA has inspired me to think critically about the economic and social justice issues which define our age, while also equipping me with the gender-aware skills and knowledge so necessary for addressing them.”


Past Student

Margaret Coleman, MA Graduate (2014), currently with the Galway Rape Crisis Centre, Ireland.

 “The MA in Gender, Globalisation and Rights has enhanced my passion for human rights, while providing me with new and interesting perspectives on the role gender plays in our society. This programme provided me with the space to share ideas and pursue research in a supportive and dynamic environment, preparing me for a range of versatile career opportunities in the field of human rights”