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Equality, Diversity And Inclusion - Graduate Certificate

Course Details


Available: Part- Time

Duration: 1 Year PT

Award: Postgraduate

Qualification: NFQ Level 9 Minor Award

Faculty: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Course Type: Taught Professional/Flexible

Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.


Dr Lydia Bracken
School of Law University of Limerick Limerick V94 T9PX Ireland
353 61 202836

Brief Description

The Graduate Certificate in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion is a one-year, part-time programme. The programme adopts a blended-learning approach, which combines online lectures with on-campus workshops to allow learners to engage in distance learning. The programme will be primarily delivered online.


The Graduate Certificate in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion is designed for learners who wish to develop an interdisciplinary understanding of equality, diversity and inclusion and to explore strategies for change. The programme will provide learners with the knowledge and understanding needed to deal effectively with issues of equality, diversity and inclusion at all levels of Irish society, the community and the workplace. Learners will draw on academic literature and practical case studies to identify and address challenges in their personal and professional environment and will be provided with the competence to become leaders in this area in order to contribute to the development of socially inclusive spaces in the community and workplace.
The programme is delivered by lecturers from across the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Limerick. This allows learners to engage in interdisciplinary, research-led teaching with experts in diverse fields including law and linguistics.

Year 1: Autumn Semester Year 1: Spring Semester
  • LA5071 Equality and Diversity in the Workplace (Online)
  • LA6222 Postgraduate Human Rights Law Online
  • LI5001 Language and Inclusion in Organisations
  • SO5102 Inequality and Social Exclusion (Online)
  • LA5091 Equality in Practice 1​

For further descriptions of the module content, please click here

*Programme Content may be subject to change


Applicants should have a primary degree with a first or second-class honours,  (Primary degree: Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland). In exceptional circumstances, an applicant who cannot satisfy the undergraduate requirement may be accepted on the basis of relevant work experience in accordance with UL’s Policy on Recognition of Prior Learning. All applicants will be required to demonstrate that they have community or workplace access needed for the completion of certain modules.

What to Upload with your Application

  • Qualification transcripts and/or certificates (including certified English translations if applicable)  
  • A supporting statement - 300-500 words
  • A copy of your birth certificate or passport
  • Proof of Status, e.g. unemployed, employed, self employed, returners. Acceptable documents for proof of status can be found here
  • If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice
  • If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:
    • English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
    • English language competency certificate

    For more information Click Here



The fee for this programme is €1500

Candidates who satisfy the eligibility criteria under Springboard+ can qualify for 90% or 100% funding subject to the availability of places.



All employed participants must pay a contribution of the course cost directly to the provider for all level 7-9 courses. Please note some formerly self-employed applicants not in receipt on DEASP payment are liable for 10% fees also. The onus is on the participant to arrange payment of this fee. The HEA will fund the remainder of the cost directly to the provider.

Unemployed and Returner participants

Springboard+ will pay all fees for unemployed and returner participants.


To clarify eligibility please go to


Please note that Fees are subject to review

For information on funding and scholarships please click here.

The Graduate Certificate in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion is designed for all who espouse the values of social inclusion and equality. It has particular resonance for those working in the private sector and for staff of community and voluntary organisations who seek to create inclusive and diverse workplaces. The programme allows these individuals to upskill in the areas of equality, diversity and inclusion.