MA (Gender, Globalisation and Rights)— full-time, part-time

College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Celtic Studies

Course overview


The MA in Gender, Globalisation and Rights offers students a unique opportunity to combine advanced study of two important fields—globalisation and human rights—through a critical, advocacy-oriented, gender lens. Students will examine globalisation processes from the perspectives of women in different regions of the world with a view to documenting, analysing, and redressing inequalities and exclusions fostered by mainstream development and globalisation processes. Students consider the gender dimensions of traditional understandings of human rights and examine the limitations and transformative potential of ongoing initiatives to advance 'women's rights as human rights.' The course pays particular attention to the development of human rights-based responses to a range of global issues—with a particular focus on how they affect women and girls in contexts of unequal gender relations.

The MA (Gender, Globalisation and Rights) aims to equip students with the in-depth knowledge and analytical skills needed to understand and address the gender dimensions of global inequalities and timely issues from trafficking, violence against women and HIV/AIDS to war and conflict and rising fundamentalisms. Particular attention is paid to the multiple and intersectional aspects of women's identities and experiences across location, socio-economic background, culture,ethnicity, race, political status, ability/disability, age and sexual orientation. Students learn about and engage critically with specific areas of global governance, policy-making and norm setting—especially vis-à-vis established development, human rights, security, and macroeconomic paradigms.

The course places a strong emphasis on the role of civil society and transformative civic engagement in bringing about change from the local to the global level.  It provides excellent taining for concrete policy work as well as further academic education.  More specifically, it aims to prepare students to participate in the development of gender-conscious, human rights-based responses to a range of global issues.


Global Women's Studies (GWS) is pleased to announce that two MA scholarships of €2,000 will be awarded in 2014-2015. Information and application procedure can be got from the Global Women's Studies website.

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 inter national qualification. 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 2015

ECTS weighting: 90

Average intake: 20

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

Mode of study: Taught

Course outline

Participants will take nine modules worth 60 ECTs and 1 Dissertation Module worth 30 ECTs. Student will explore feminist theory, applied gender analysis, issues of women's human rights, historical perspectives of feminism, gendered impacts of globlisation, and research methods in the first semester. In the second semester issues of women's power and agency, gender dimensions of conflict and human security, gender dynamics of global health crises, and links between gender, development and human rights are explored in depth. The dissertation module will include workshops on qualitative and quantitative research methods, group work, and one on one supervision. 

Participants will be assessed throughout on the basis of a combination of seminar presentations, project assignments, final essays and completion of thesis research. There may also be opportunities for summer placements/internships linked to thesis projects.

Applications and selections

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

Who teaches this course?

  • Dr. Nata Duvvury, BA (Rice U, USA), MA (U of Alberta, Canada), Ph.D (Jawaharlal Nehru University, India) 
  • Dr. Niamh Reilly, BA (UCD), MA (U of Wisconsin), PhD (Rutgers Univ. New Jersey) 
  • Dr. Aine MackenWalsh, BA (NUI Galway), MA (U of Padova, Italy), PhD (NUI Galway) 
  • Ms. Mary Clancy, BA, H.Dip. in Ed. (NUI), MA (History)

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 (inclusive of Levy)
 - 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.

Current students

Lauren Parnell Marino

"The MA in Gender, Globalisation, and Rights programme has challenged me to think critically about the ways in which gender matters in our world.  The programme covers a wide range of topics, including development, empowerment, human rights, conflict, and health, and brings a gender perspective to the analysis of each.  I know I am gaining a solid grounding in many of the economic and social issues that will be important to my career as I move forward in the field of international development."

Past students

Jacqui Aupiais

"Whether or not you are doing the course for career advancement, you will walk away from this enjoyable and thought provoking course with a greater insight into the many issues of inequality, human rights and globalisation which have an impact, in particular, on women and girls from different countries and cultures. I highly recommend this course for anyone remotely interested understanding how these issues affect women globally and some of the ways in which these gender inequalities can be addressed."