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Equity and Diversity in Society (MA)

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Full time | Carmarthen Campus | 1 year | 01-FEB-23

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Full time


1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Equity Equal Opportunities

Course type


Course Summary

There is recognition that the underlying body of knowledge and theories surrounding equality, equity and diversity, which are directly linked to social policy, sociology and social and cultural theory, are essential in developing informed professionals.

This Master's Programme will extend professional knowledge and understanding and aims to develop reflective/reflexive practitioners through an integrated set of compulsory modules.

This programme will give a sound understanding of equality and diversity and its implications for society, organisations, communities, families, individuals and policy-makers.

Course Overview

The Master's in Equity and Diversity in Society is grounded in the quest to ‘provide an understanding of the long-term and underlying causes of disadvantage that need to be addressed by public policy’ (Equalities Review, 2007: 13).

To this end, the principle of equality and inclusion is embedded within and throughout the programme. The programme recognises that philosophers, economists, and political and social theorists debate the concepts of equality and diversity from a range of different perspectives; allowing the student to explore competing interpretations of what ‘equality’ and ‘diversity’ might mean in our society.

Through engaging with ‘the intellectual traditions and perspectives of the social science, students will be encouraged to explore social processes and the links between theory, policy and practice.

This degree is delivered full-time or part time; face-to-face or through online learning.

Career Opportunities

This programme aims to develop students’ intellectual independence and critical engagement with evidence. Although it is not primarily a vocational programme, it does prepare students to move in a vocational direction. Graduates exiting from this degree will be well placed to enter a range of careers, including, for example:

  • Child Care Officer
  • Education Officer
  • Equality Agenda
  • Family Aide
  • Fostering Service Project Worker
  • Health care professional
  • Language and Numeracy Assistant
  • Learning Coach
  • Probation Officer
  • Social Worker/Social Services
  • Support Assistant for disabled people
  • Teacher
  • Voluntary youth organisation worker

Graduates may also choose to go on to complete postgraduate consider gaining professional endorsement via the Youth and Community Work (MA) or progressing to a PhD in Social Justice and Inclusion.

Students can also exit with PGDip and PGCert.


A critical analysis of the concept of identity and exploration of the relationship between self and society. With a focus on the concept of 'Human Rights.' In addition, there will be an exploration of how power relationships impact upon individual, social and political attitudes which in turn influence equality and diversity in practice; there will also be an in-depth exploration of how power and control impact on diverse populations.

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Entry requirements

Traditional entry route requirement for students is normally a 2:1 or 1st class honours first degree or the vocational qualification equivalent and relevant experience. The School encourages students with a range of vocational qualifications and relevant experiences to apply. General Requirements: an initial degree of the University of Wales; an initial degree awarded by another approved degree awarding body; a non-graduate qualification which has been deemed to be of a satisfactory standard for the purpose of admission; a non-graduate may also be admitted to candidature provided that he/she has held, for a minimum of two years, a responsible position which is relevant to the scheme to be pursued.