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The MSc Equality & Diversity is suitable for those seeking knowledge of specific aspects of equality and diversity for their current employment. However, it is also suitable for those seeking a broad understanding of contemporary equality and diversity law, policy, and practice. 

The master's can be studied on a full-time or part-time basis, but you can also enrol on a specific module(s) for CPD.

Career progression & further study

Graduates of this programme will work in equality and diversity related fields, for example within the human resource departments of organisations, within the field of social policy and/or law, or as equality and diversity consultants.

You may also seek to continue study to PhD level in the field of Equality & Diversity.

Entry Requirements

What qualifications do you need?

We welcome Scottish, UK and international students and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

Don’t worry if you do not possess the qualifications listed here or have alternative, equivalent qualifications, we take a range of factors into account when assessing your application and are happy to consider other alternative combinations of qualifications and experience.

If you are applying with an EU or non-EU qualification, please check our Postgraduate Entry Requirements page which gives more information about country-specific entry requirements.

Academic Requirements

Normally, an undergraduate Bachelor Honours Degree (2:1 or above classification) in any discipline.

In line with University policies on wider access, applicants who do not meet standard entry requirements may also be considered.

Progression to MSc is dependent upon performance at Postgraduate Diploma Level.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for most courses

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The qualifications below must have been gained within two years of the start of your course.

General English language requirements at UWS: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.0
  • no sub-test less than 5.5

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests
  • PTE Pearson Academic English: An overall score of 54 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.0 with no element below 5.5). An overall score 61 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.5 with no element below 6.0)


IELTS Score Exceptions (DBA, Certificate of Higher Education, PhD, etc.)

For our research degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD, DBA, DProf), applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0

For Health, Nursing & Midwifery courses that lead to professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 7.0
  • no sub-test less than 7.0

For our Certificate of Higher Education courses, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 5.0
  • no sub-test less than 4.5



TOEFL IBT*: 78; no sub-test less than:

  • Reading: 17;
  • Listening: 17;
  • Speaking: 17;
  • Writing: 17

* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.


West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE)

West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE) including acceptance of WAEC Scratchcard*

  • C6 or above in English

*UWS will accept a WAEC scratchcard confirming that an applicant has achieved C6 or above as evidence of meeting English language requirement from Nigeria if the student graduated within the last 5 years. After 5 years applicants would be required to provide the WAEC Certificate.


Pre-sessional courses

Applicants who do not meet the minimum English language requirements have the option to study one of our preparatory and pre-sessional English courses. The UWS courses available are:

  • 10 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.0 with no element below 4.5.
  • 5 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.5 with no element below 5.5.
  • English Language for University Study - entry criteria UKVI IELTS with score of 4.0 in all elements (10 month course), or 4.5 with no score below 4.0 (7 month course).

Course details

You will study the UK equality legal framework and human rights influences on equality and diversity. In addition there will be modules which derive from disciplines such as Sociology, Human Resource Management, and Leadership. Students who want to obtain the MSc in Equality and Diversity will undertake a research methods module which prepares them for undertaking the dissertation in which students have free choice to carry out research in an aspect of equality and diversity in line with their own areas of interest.

The majority of modules are delivered in a seminar format which is designed to encourage discussion and participation in class.

Core modules:

  • Equality: The Legal Framework (20 credits)
  • Human Rights and Equality Protections (20 credits)
  • Critical Perspectives on Equality & Diversity (20 credits)
  • Research Methods for Equality & Diversity (20 credits)

Optional modules may include:

  • Cross-cultural Management (10 credits)
  • Employment Law (for HRM) (10 credits)
  • Equality & Diversity in the Workplace (20 credits)
  • International Labour Law (10 credits)
  • Managing Organisational Diversity (10 credits)

Students who successfully complete the taught element of the course (PgDip) will be eligible to proceed to the Masters dissertation:

  • MSc Dissertation (Equality & Diversity) (60 credits)

Teaching & Assessment

The master's utilises a number of different learning, teaching, and assessment methods thereby developing graduate attributes within the programme participants.

You will:

  • participate in formal lectures and also in discussion seminars/workshops
  • be expected to participate in learning activities outwith formal class time, for example via student-led online discussion fora

The course predominantly utilises and embraces classroom and discussion based learning. The purpose of such teaching sessions is to enable you to discuss concepts and ideas and to develop your own thoughts on the literature and to critique your own perceptions of equality and diversity.

You will be expected to supplement the taught sessions by means of independent study.

Course Structure

Tuition Fees

Class-based (Scottish campuses) 2019/20

Scottish & EU

£5,500 per year of study

English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£5,500 per year of study

Channel Islands & Isle of Man

£5,500 per year of study

International (Non-EU)

£12,600 per year of study

More on current & future tuition fees

Module Fee: Class-based (Scottish campuses) 2019/20

Scottish & EU

£790 per module (20 credits)

English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£790 per module (20 credits)

Channel Islands & Isle of Man

£790 per module (20 credits)

International (Non-EU)

£2,000 per module (20 credits)

More on current & future tuition fees

Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) postgraduate tuition fee and living cost loans may be available for eligible (Scottish/EU) students. Check SAAS website for more information.

How to apply

Postgraduate courses (MA, MSc, MEd, MBA, DBA, PG Cert, PG Dip, etc.) & some Post-experience courses (CertHE, BA, Grad Cert, Grad Dip, etc.)

All students should apply directly to the University through our online application system. Before you apply, you should check that you meet our entry requirements and you should have all your supporting documents ready.

The first stage of the process is to create a profile; you don't have to complete the application in one session - you can complete it in stages by saving each section and return to complete it at a later date.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

Most courses don't have a formal closing date, but they will close when they are full; apply early to avoid disappointment. There may also be funding deadlines that apply to you.

Before you begin your application, it is important to read the Postgraduate & Post-Experience application step-by-step guide for a smooth process.


An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

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