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Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

MA in Sexuality Studies

Master of Arts in Sexuality Studies

  • PAC CodeDC643(Full Time), DC644(Part Time)
  • Course Type Postgraduate
  • NFQ Level 9
  • Delivery Modes Full-Time, Part-Time
  • Duration Full Time - 1 Year, Part Time - 2 Years

The MA in Sexuality Studies is a unique, interdisciplinary, postgraduate programme offering specialist theoretical training in issues relating to all sexualities in the Irish, European and global contexts. 

The programme will equip you with the relevant knowledge and skills to become a competent professional in your encounters with all issues related to sexuality.

Our educational philosophy aims at advancing cross-, inter-, and multi-disciplinary teaching and research. It also seeks to nurture advocacy in sexuality studies to enhance sexual literacy, thereby generating well-being and social justice.


Our strategic aim for this programme is to:

  • Educate the future generations of pratcitionners in Sexuality Studies, advance quality research on sexuality, and generate dissemination of knowledge;
  • Elaborate on sexuality-related literary, artistic and cultural discourses and artefacts;
  • Advocate for social policy on sexual literacies, sexual cultures, and sexual education in relation to human rights that shape social justice and diversity;

For these reasons, the aims of this interdisciplinary programme are to enable students to

  • Develop knowledge regarding the working and diversity of sexual cultures, sexual identities and gender role formation.
  • Engage in socio-political and ethical debates regarding the interaction of artistic, cultural, economical, health, historical, and social spheres with human sexuality, at personal and societal levels.
  • Provide a challenging environment where initiative and creativity will be fostered, where students will be encouraged to share experiences and learn cross-disciplinary approaches from each other.
  • Familiarise participants with central parameters and trends in the contemporary Sexuality Studies environment.
  • Equip students with the skills and sexual literacy to devise and implement work-related strategies.
  • Develop in students the necessary competencies to measure and evaluate Sexuality Studies- related initiatives.
  • Emphasise in its content and delivery the need for an integrated approach to Sexuality Studies.
  • Develop negotiating skills to give participants the confidence to promote solutions in the Sexuality Studies environment.
  • Develop in students lifelong learning skills.
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  • This programme provides a national platform for contemporary Irish debates, but also formalises and develops links with the leading academic and research institutions in this field.
  • By bringing together different colleagues from different Schools this programme gathers a vast array of university-wide expertise to create a dynamic, comprehensive and inter-disciplinary new programme.
  • Our teaching is informed by the best available research, an emphasis on engagement in learning partnerships with our stakeholders, and the development of a distinctive Sexuality Studies inquiry-led approach to learning. The DCU academic community and the on-campus support services all advocate sexual literacy and the advancement of knowledge in this growing field.




Career Prospects

  • Expertise in human reproduction, sexuality, sexual and gender identity and diversity, sexual orientation and practice will meet the career needs of people aiming at or already working in:
  • Public health settings, especially those related to AIDS education, AIDS/HIV treatment and care centres.
  • Civic, charitable or civil organisations focusing on migrancy, homelessness, refugees integration.
  • Reproductive health education, research, training, and prevention facilities and organisations.
  • Cultural and artistic environments.
  • Sexuality /pastoral education at primary, secondary and tertiary levels.
  • Policy makers in research or public policy institutes. 
  • Media and journalism.
  • Service provision and training for service providers in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, and Rape Crisis Centres.
  • Human Resource departments of businesses and corporations responsible for the design and implementation of policy/practice pertaining to sexuality, sexual/gender orientation and sexual behaviour. Research, policy, and education provision in gay and lesbian agencies and community centres.
  • Marriage or Relationship Counselling Services, Psychotherapy and other counselling services.
  • Preparation for doctoral research in Anthropology, Art Management, Business Studies, Communications Studies, Comparative Studies, Comparative Literature, Drama Studies, Film Studies, Health, History, Intercultural Studies, Law and Government, Media Studies, Migration Studies, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work.

Therefore, graduates will be well equipped to take up positions in universities and colleges, secondary and primary schools, local and national government, non-governmental organisations, research and training, physical and mental health settings, human resources and private sector positions.


General Entry Requirements

Entry to the MA in Sexuality Studies is competitive and normally restricted to graduates who have achieved an upper second class honour degree, or higher from an established university.

In exceptional cases, applicants without a primary degree (or an upper second class degree or higher) may be accepted directly into the programme if they can demonstrate that they possess the equivalent of a good first degree. In such cases, consideration will be given to applicants who have relevant academic qualifications, publications and positive academic references. The following criteria will also be taken into account:

(a) Work experience in areas related to the field of specialisation.

(b) The quality of the statement of interest provided by each applicant.

Applicants seeking admission in this category will, where practicable, be called for interview.

International candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to those outlined above. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in English language. For further information please click here

How to Apply and Closing Dates

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Dates for Submission of Applications

All applicants must submit;

  • Certified academic transcripts for all years of study, with certified English translations
  • Curriculum Vitae outlining relevant experience
  • Personal statement

Non Native English Speakers must also submit

  • Evidence of English competency which meets DCU entry requirements - see link

EU Applicants

  • Please apply through PAC  Applications will be reviewed and offers will be made on an onging basis.  Should places still be available on this programme, the final date for receipt of applications will be 6 August 2018 for entry in Autumn 2018.

Non-EU Applicants

  • Please apply through PAC .  Applicants will be reviewed and offers will be made on an ongoing basis.  Should places still be available on this programme, the final date for receipt of applications will be 10 July 2018 for entry in Autumn 2018.  

  • Applicants who require a study visa for the purposes of gaining entry into Ireland are advised to apply as early as possible.  If you need a study visa and are a Non EU student, you are not eligible to apply for part time programmes as study visas are only granted for full time programmes.

  • To apply for this programme use the PAC code DC643 (full time) and DC644 (part time).

For queries on completed applications please email