GradDip Race, Migration & Decolonial Studies

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 60)

Why is the Black Lives Matter movement so necessary and, for many, so threatening? How can Europeans disavow migrants from their own former colonies who seek refuge on their shores? What is intersectional activism? What is necessary to cultivate veritable solidarity across differences? How can we imagine, think and act beyond the constraints of the western, state-centred status quo?

Well over 100 years ago W.E.B. DuBois warned that the colour-line would constitute the defining issue of the 20th century. The 21st is already noteworthy for the deepening impunity of state and everyday violence towards ‘minorities’ of all persuasions. It is also increasingly characterised by large scale political surges to the extreme right, which have been empowered by mass incitement to hatred through the vilification of migrants. Why and how has ‘race’ played so central a role in these conditions and the extraordinary acts of resistance engaged to transform them? Why does a chronic lack of public knowledge concerning the social, political and economic histories fostering them continue to undermine effective collective action and positive change?

This unique programme examines the global historical legacies and entanglements of colonialism, imperialism and neoliberalism as they underpin these and other contemporary injustices exacted upon the vulnerable, the precarious, the stigmatised. In the tradition of black feminist, critical race and decolonial perspectives, the theories and practices of scholars, cultural workers and activists of colour and other ‘others’ constitute central components of its pedagogy.

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Careers & Employability

There are exciting opportunities for students in a wide and dynamic range of professions including careers in: Media and Public Relations; Policy Analysis and Service Provision; Social, Community and Youth Development; Politics and Civil Society; and in Cultural and Creative  Industries.

Past Graduates have taken the following career and development destinations:

  • University Lecturers, Ireland & internationally
  • NGOs, IGOs and QUANGOs, Ireland & internationally
  • Funded doctoral programmes across Europe
  • University international student support offices
  • Government, Public Service and Civicorganisations, nationally & Internationally
  • Independent Research and Private Consultative Companies

The have worked with Irish Organisations such as:

  • Irish  Refugee Council
  • New Communities Partnership
  • Dublin City Council
  • Finglas Library
  • Royal College of Surgeons
  • Economic and Social Research Institute
  • Immigrant Council of Ireland


And International Organisations which include:

  • UN Secretary General Offices
  • OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions & Human Rights
  • International Organisation for Migration
  • Hague Institute for Global Justice
  • Save the Children International & UNICEF
  • Red Cross
  • Eurofound
  • International Potato Centre


A large number of our Graduates continue through to PhD level. Some professions require further training, qualifications or certification.


Curricular information is subject to change

Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

Students will build on core modules in critical race and decolonial scholarship, global migration and creative art/research practices, with optional modules available from across a range of disciplines, literatures and societal issues. The minor dissertation project is an opportunity for students to further develop conceptual frameworks, methodologies and forms of knowledge mobilisation for use in their chosen fields and sectors – whether academic, activist, art, practitioner and/or policy focused.

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Core Modules include:

  • Critical Race & Decolonial Paradigms
  • Global Migration
  • Art, Knowledge & Social Change

Optional Modules include:

  • Geographies of the Global South 
  • Postcolonial Geographies
  • Queer Frictions
  • Theory of Sexuality & Gender
  • Ethnicity & Nationalism
  • Everyday Nationalism
  • Social Research 
  • Economic Globalisation
  • Qualitative Research
  • Organised Violence & Society 
  • Global Justice & Development
  • Racism & Anti-Racism
  • Human Rights Law & Equality 
  • Immigration & Asylum Law
  • Travellers Rights & Nomadism
  • Gender, War & Violence 

The options for 2019/2020 may be subject to change. Internships available on a limited basis to qualified students.

GradDip Race, Migration & Decolonial Studies (W432) Full Time
EU          fee per year - € 6390
nonEU    fee per year - € 21520

GradDip Race, Migration & Decolonial Studies (W433) Part Time
EU          fee per year - € 6390
nonEU    fee per year - € 10760

***Fees are subject to change

Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of Masters scholarships for full­time international students, who have been offered a place on a UCD Masters degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships.

The Mary Kelly Bursary comprises an award of €2,000 towards university fees to students who have been accepted to one of the School of Sociology’s Masters programmes as a full-time student. For more informatoin please see Funding Opportunities

Applicants should normally have a primary degree in sociology or social science, or a closely related discipline.

A Second Class Honours Grade One (2:1) or higher is required but Second Class Honours Grade Two (2:2) standard or equivalent may be considered.  Applicants who do not meet the academic requirements but can confirm professional qualifications and/or experience will be considered. Applicants may be called for an interview.

All candidates are expected to be proficient in written and spoken English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must submit evidence of a certificate of proficiency (such as TOEFL, Cambridge or IELTS). Test results must be less than two years old.


Supporting documentation must be submitted by all students.  Applications will not be considered unless all documents are submitted immediately and received by UCD before the closing date. Documents must be uploaded to the Online Applications system.

Dilnoza Satarova

The ethnic clashes of June 2010 in the south of Kyrgyzstan stressed the urgent need for seeking solutions to a wide range of problems related to diversity management, protection of minorities, multicultural co-existence and reconciliation. This Programme’s focus on development of critical and research skills and offered the opportunity to work with and learn from leading scholars and specialists in the field of race, ethnicity and migration were among the factors that determined my choice of UCD. The guidance, enormous support and friendship of my supervisor is the most valuable experience I gained from the programme. She provided support in preparing my thesis by advising on theories, structure, style and language, and methodology. As a result of this I not only produced a thesis which was graded highly, but also learned a lot about research methods and process.

Dilnoza works for the OSCE
(Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe) Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights.

The following entry routes are available:

Grad Dip Race, Migration & Decolonial Studies FT (W432)
1 Years
Full Time
Grad Dip Race, Migration & Decolonial Studies PT (W433)
2 Years
Part Time

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised