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MA Race, Migration and Decolonial Studies

School of Sociology, University College Dublin


... is the Black Lives Matter movement so necessary and, for many, so threatening?
How can Europeans disavow migrants from their own former colonies who seek refuge on their shores?
What is intersectional activism? What is necessary to cultivate veritable solidarities across differences?
How can we imagine, think and act beyond the constraints of the western, state-centred status quo?


Well over 100 years ago W.E.B. DuBois warned that the color-line would constitute the defining issue of the 20th century. The 21st is already noteworthy for the deepening impunity of state and everyday violence towards ‘minorities’ of all persuasions. It is also increasingly characterised by large scale political surges to the extreme right, which have been empowered by mass incitement to hatred through the vilification of migrants. As always, these conditions are met with powerful, extraordinary acts of resistance. Yet despite increasing public support and participation, a lack of knowledge and critical self-awareness around their histories and circumstances continue to undermine effective collective action and positive social change. 

The MA/GradDip in Race, Migration and Decolonial Studies is a unique, one-year programme that critically examines the global historical legacies and entanglements of colonialism, imperialism and neoliberalism as they underpin these and other contemporary injustices exacted upon the vulnerable, the precarious, the stigmatised. Drawing on feminist and queer of colour traditions, critical race and decolonial perspectives, the theories and practices of scholars, cultural workers and activists of colour and other ‘others’ constitute central components of its pedagogy. Students will build on core modules in race-critical and decolonial scholarship, global migration and creative art/research practices, with optional modules available from across a range of disciplines, literatures and issues. Through the minor dissertation project students will further develop conceptual frameworks, methodologies and forms of knowledge mobilisation for use in their chosen fields and sectors – whether academic, activist, art, practitioner and/or policy focused.

This programme supports employment opportunities in a wide and dynamic range of professions and sectors including careers in: Social, Youth and Community Development; Policy Analysis and Service Provision; Politics and Civil Society; the Cultural and Creative Industries; Media, Education and Business. Past graduates have taken up posts in the following areas, in Ireland and internationally: 

- University Lecturers   -   NGOs, IGOs and QUANGOS   -   Government, Public Service and Civic organisations   -   - International Student Support offices   -   Independent Research and Consultative Companies   -  

- Funded Doctoral Programmes -


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