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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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Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Equal Opportunities Social Work Specialisms

Course type


Course Summary


In this theoretical and research-based course, you'll examine the major causes of inequality in our world such as, why do some groups face disadvantage? You'll also study what sustains that idea and how these groups are interrelated, including what society can do to tackle this. Take advantage of a broad range of optional modules on topics such as health, sexualities, gender, domestic abuse, childhood and socio-economic inequalities. You'll understand the nature of intersectionality, including factors such as gender, sexuality, ethnicity, age and how certain groups face unique forms of disadvantage.


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.


This is semester 3 module. 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. You will have the opportunity to present your research findings and solutions from your research at an MSc conference in front of your peers and staff.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to hold at least a second class honours degree (usually a 2:1 or above) or equivalent. Experience may be counted towards your application. We welcome applicants with degrees in areas such as social sciences, psychology, business, law, education, humanities, health, arts, technology and the sciences.