Inequality and Society MSc – be part of a changing world

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Inequality and Society MSc

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About the University of Sunderland

Located in the north-east of England, Sunderland benefits from the perfect combination of city and seaside living and is a friendly, diverse, and affordable place to live and study.

Our courses are career-focused and professions-facing, ensuring you have a head start in the workplace when you graduate. Many of our courses are co-designed by employers, affiliated to professional bodies and our lecturers are closely linked to their sectors. We also offer postgraduate conversion courses that enable you to start on a new career.

We’re pleased to be placed within the top 50 UK universities in The Guardian University Guide 2023. We are proud to be recognised for the first time as a World Ranked University by The Times Higher Education World Rankings 2023.

Inequality and Society MSc 


Why does inequality exist and what can we do about it? In this theoretical and research-based Inequality and Society 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 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 like Nvivo and SPSS, writing a report for global bodies like the United Nations, writing a campaign strategy for an activist movement, and developing electronic resources such as blogs, podcasts and YouTube clips.

Scholarships and Bursaries

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries that are available to postgraduate students including subject-specific cash scholarships and tuition fee discounts:

  • Aziz Foundation Scholarship – full tuition fee scholarship plus extra benefits from the Aziz Foundation for British Muslims studying eligible masters level programmes (including MSc Inequality and Society)
  • Alumni Loyalty Scheme – 20% waiver on the full cost of course fees to reward loyal alumni who return to study a postgraduate degree at the University
  • North East Postgraduate Discount – 20% fee waiver on the full cost for postgraduate taught masters programmes for students impacted by cost-of-living challenges who have a local connection to the north-east region
  • International Scholarship £900 tuition fee reduction

See terms and conditions for postgraduate scholarships and bursaries.

Career ready

The MSc 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, inclusion and diversity, education, the criminal justice system, the private sector and business, local and national government, international development, social justice campaign work, advocacy, and social research. Many of our graduates also go on to study a postgraduate research qualification, such as a PhD.

Find out more about the course, scholarships and hear from students about their experience and career outcomes.

Who is eligible to apply?

UK, EU and International students

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