Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace

  • Course Code


  • Field of Study


  • Type of Course:

    Certificate,Special Purpose Award

  • Type of Qualification:

    Special Purpose Award

  • Type of Study:

    Part time

  • Application Closing Date:

    9th September 2022.

Admission Requirements:

Who Should Apply?

Individuals who are seeking to improve their understanding of Diversity and Inclusion, and learn how to be practically inclusive in the organisation, while having the confidence to design appropriate training events and develop sound policies should apply for this programme.


Programme Structure:

The programme is structured around three key modules, two at 5 ECTs (European Credit Transfer System), and one at 10 ECTs, which comprise the three central pillars of the programme.

All part-time programmes at MTU will run subject to sufficient student numbers. Where a programme cannot proceed, applicants will be contacted and advised on alternative study options.


Students should note that Fees quoted relate to the academic year 2022-2023 only and are subject to change on an annual basis. Except where stated, course fees cover the cost of tuition only.


Students will be notified of their fees by email to their MTU email account and in all cases, course fees must be paid before attending lectures.

For more information on fees, please visit fees/students


Course fee: €2,000


Programme Features

To ensure the learner is aware of, and avails of, all resources/supports available to them from outset of programme, learners will benefit from an induction session that will focus on well-being, work-life harmony, programme structure, group work, use of Canvas, library access and referencing.


Action Learning
Teaching methods will be practically oriented, encouraging discussion and application to accelerate the transfer of learning back to the workplace. Learners will build on their experiences, the experiences of their peers, and learning gained on the programme to develop the skills and techniques required to engage with diversity and inclusion practically, holistically, and cognisant of the legal framework.


Peer to Peer Learning
Learners will have the added value of peer to peer learning and knowledge sharing, exploring case studies and teasing out challenges and best practice solutions with peers from across multiple industry sectors.


Experienced Lecturers & Industry Partners
Lecturers on the programme bring a unique blend of academic qualifications, incorporating diversity and inclusion, business, human resource management, industrial and organisational psychology, and law, together with comprehensive industry and research experience.



The Level 8 Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace is a two semester (30 weeks) part-time programme that develops and equips students with the knowledge, skills and confidence required to successfully engage with diverse individuals, be inclusive in practical ways, and develop policies and training, all rooted in the context of best practice in inclusion and the legal framework. This will assist in leading teams, managing employees, mitigating risk and supporting organisational performance.


The programme uses a blend of discussion and exploration of real-world situations to assist participants in exploring diversity and inclusion in a safe and supportive environment.


The applied focus of the programme, coupled with relevant content delivery, provides a practical bedrock of knowledge, skills and experience that can be used in a multitude of contexts.


The programme has been developed to reflect both best practice in workplace diversity and inclusion and legal requirements. The programme has also been developed with both academic rigour and real-world application in mind.


Assessment Strategy
The programme will make extensive use of critiques, a cross-modular project, and a Research Project. Learners will build on their experience and learning gained on the programme to hone techniques and skills that will inform their best-practice application.


Programme Delivery Schedule
The course will take place over 2 semesters. In Semester 1, the two 5 credit modules (Diversity and Inclusion in Practice and Workplace Equality Law) will be delivered on one night. Both modules may run on the same evening (6 to 8 and 8 to 10), or may run on one full night on alternative weeks (for example, alternating modules each Monday). There will be three additional nights to prepare for the 10-credit research project. The Project will be undertaken in Semester 2, and will consist of independent research (no classes), but students will be assigned a Research Supervisor to guide them through the project. Students will need to book appointments for supervision with their supervisor.


The programme may also be delivered in a blended delivery mode with online lectures and classroom-based sessions, or completely on campus or online, dependant on Government Guidelines.


Total Tuition
64 hours in Semester 1, plus Supervision in Semester 2


Teaching Methods & Learning Supports
The teaching methods on the Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace will be intensively interactive, with an action learning focus. The emphasis will be on lecturer-led group discussion and class debate, which will draw upon the experiences of learners to illustrate key learning points and to bring concepts, theories and frameworks to life.


This practical, applied approach to teaching methodology, will be underpinned by assessment instruments, and the practical application of best-practice theory to analyse the environment in which the learners work.


  • Online application is open for course commencing 12th September 2022.
  • Please note that applicants will be required to pay an acceptance fee of €500 online if a place on a course is offered. This fee is deductible from the overall course fee.
  • Note: You will not be charged for applying for the programme by clicking the 'apply now' button, you are only asked to pay an acceptance fee if a place is offered to you and you wish to accept it.
  • Please attach and upload any documents such as transcripts, CV, other details relevant to the application.


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