Award Type and NFQ level : CERTIFICATE LEVEL 9

CAO/PAC code : MH22R

CAO Points :

Closing Date : 31 July 2021

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The Postgraduate Certificate in Gender, Diversity, and Inclusion is a one-year 30-ECTS taught programme that aims to provide students or professionals who have an academic interest in this area with an opportunity to develop their expertise and get a formal qualification in gender, diversity and inclusion. This programme provides a very solid basis in theories of gender, diversity, and inclusion, and gives students an opportunity to put that knowledge into practice through working on a project, in some cases in collaboration with an NGO, community organisation, or advocacy group.

Normally a 2.1 Bachelor’s degree in any discipline is required. Applicants with a lower grade in their undergraduate degree and/or with equivalent professional experience may also be admitted on the basis of an interview. 

Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.

Minimum English language requirements: please visit Maynooth University International Office website for information about English language tests accepted and required scores. The requirements specified are applicable for both EU and non-EU applicants.

National University of Ireland Maynooth’s TOEFL code is 8850

Head of Department

Department of Media Studies

Department of Motherhood Project

Denis Condon - English - Maynooth University


Department of English

Department of Media Studies

The core modules ensure that all students develop a solid basis in theory and practice related to gender, diversity, and inclusion, as well as learning key skills in data generation and analysis.

The core theory module will introduce existing scholarship on theories of gender, diversity and inclusion and explore the social and cultural debates contained in the classical texts of key thinkers. Students will learn to critically evaluate the paradigms that underpin gender, diversity and inclusion frameworks of analysis. The module will incorporate a strong emphasis on how gender intersects with sexuality, class, and ethnic and racial identities. In the core practice module, students will have an opportunity to conduct a short piece of research or directed analysis for an NGO, CVO or advocacy group sourced by individual students, or to  pursue a brief project of particular interest to them that is not done in collaboration with an organisation, but which is of public interest.

Core modules in research methods will focus on the principles and practices of qualitative methodologies for researching gender, diversity and inclusion. Approaches to research design, methodological approaches and their application to gender and diversity issues will be explored through discussion and critical examination of key studies. Students will learn to engage with methods of analysing, interpreting, and presenting research data in a way that is both accessible and supports research objectives. In both Research Skills modules, there is a strong focus on the development of digital skills and on ethical approaches to research data.

Core Modules (30 ECTS)

CFA601         Gender, Diversity, and Inclusion in Theory (10 ECTS)

CFA602         Gender, Diversity, and Inclusion in Practice (10 ECTS)

CFA603         Research Skills 1: Data Collection (5 ECTS)

CFA604         Research Skills 2: Data in Practice (5 ECTS)

In order to facilitate participants who are working, all of the core modules will be timetabled on one afternoon each week during term time.

Course Duration: 1 Year Full Time

The Postgraduate Certificate in Gender, Diversity, and Inclusion aims to equip particiants with the knowledge and skills necessary to secure employment in a wide variety of public and private companies and organisations. The programme will also appeal to professionals who seek to learn more and/or gain a qualification in this area with a view to promotion within their current organisations and/or new employment in gender equality and diversity-related roles. A qualification in Gender, Diversity, and Inclusion would enable participants to pursue professional opportunities in roles such as Diversity Officer, Equality Adviser or Specialist, Policy Analyst, Communications Officer, etc.

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The following documents should be forwarded to PAC, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway or uploaded to your online application form:

Certified copies of all official transcripts of results for all non-Maynooth University qualifications listed MUST accompany the application. Failure to do so will delay your application being processed. Non-Maynooth University students are asked to provide two academic references and a copy of birth certificate or valid passport.

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