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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.

Application Deadline: Sunday, August 1, 2021


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

Due to significant interest we are no longer accepting applications. Please express your interest above for our reserve list or to receive updates on related future funded programmes

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) 
  • English language qualification(s) (if English is not your first language)  
  • 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

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than  two years prior to application)

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:

  • Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved
  • Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above
  • TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)
  • IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5* with no less than 6 in any one component.
  • English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1
  • GCE ‘O’ level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above
  • Cambridge Assessment English –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade B
  • GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6

Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice.



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.

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