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Inequality and Society MSc

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Full time | University of Sunderland | 1 year | OCT

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Full time


1 year

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Equal Opportunities Social Work Specialisms

Course type


Course Summary


Why does inequality exist and what can we do about it? In this theoretical and research-based course, you'll examine the major causes of inequalities in our world. You'll explore the nature of intersectionality, including how factors such as gender, sexuality, ethnicity, age and others come together and how certain groups face unique forms of disadvantage. You'll develop as a researcher and work out strategies that can be used to change the unequal world in which we live in order to help to achieve equity and social justice.

Take advantage of a broad range of optional modules which explore the nature of inequality further, examining topics such as: gender, activism and social justice, mental and physical health, sexualities and gender identities, media exclusions, childhood inequalities and socio-economic inequalities. We are proud of our ‘internationalising of the curriculum’ approach where topics explored will be from national to global in their outlook. Our modules have been aligned to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

You'll have opportunities to develop your own employability skills and depending on your chosen modules, to learn skills such as conference speaking, using social research software such as Nvivo and SPSS, writing a report for global bodies such as the United Nations, writing a campaign strategy for an activist movement and developing electronic resources such as blogs, podcasts and YouTube clips.

Why us?

  • A wide range of optional modules covering staff research specialisms in gender, activism and social justice, sexuality and gender identity, childhood, gender, socio-economic disadvantage and health inequalities
  • We have award-winning staff in the areas of equality and diversity and teaching and learning. Staff are active researchers in tackling inequalities at a national and global level

Career ready

An MSc in Inequality and Society creates a number of career options. Your expert knowledge of equality and diversity, data analysis and strong research skills will be highly prized by employers. You'll become a specialist in your chosen area of inequality, as well as other areas that you choose to study.

Many University of Sunderland postgraduates now work in the fields of human rights, equality and diversity, education, the criminal justice system, the private sector and business, international development, campaign work, advocacy and social research. Many of our graduates also go on to study a postgraduate research qualification such as a PhD.


Become a specialist and use your research training, theory and subject knowledge to investigate an area of inequality or inequalities in the social world either locally or globally and investigate solutions to them. Learn emancipatory research techniques and methods and use these new skills in gathering data to change our social world. Present your research findings and solutions from your research at an MSc conference in front of your peers and staff. Use the skills and knowledge gained from this to work in education, social research, business, charity or public sector organisations at a local, national or global level or to take your studies further to PhD level.

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Entry requirements

We usually require applicants to hold at least a second class honours degree (usually a 2:1 or above) or equivalent.