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Social Justice and Community Action (Online Distance Learning) - MSc/PgDip/PgCert

Course content

This programme is currently under review and will not be accepting applications for January 2017. The revised programme will resume in January 2018.

The MSc in Social Justice and Community Action is a joint initiative of the Moray House School of Education and the Global Justice Academy.

This part-time, online masters programme is designed to equip you with the knowledge and practical skills to help you make positive social change. It offers you the opportunity to critically engage with foundational ideas and debates about equality, fairness, power, democracy and citizenship and consider a range of actions in communities in policy and legislation processes and in organisations for the real world application of these ideas.

Online learning

You will join a vibrant and supportive digital community of staff and students and study at the times and in the places that suit you best. The programme will be taught through a rich mix of online methods, including podcasts, group work and independent study. Specialist IT skills are not required.

Programme structure

This programme will be taught through a mix of online methods including podcasts, group work and independent study. You will complete four compulsory courses, two option courses and a supervised dissertation project.

Compulsory courses:

  • Theories and Politics of Social Justice
  • Community Action and Social Justice
  • Policy Analysis for Social Justice
  • Activist Social Research

Option courses:

  • Learning for Democracy
  • Organisational Management for Social Justice

You may also choose from other online courses provided elsewhere in the University.

Career opportunities

This programme is designed for professionals working on social justice issues in research, policy or grassroots practice and for recent graduates who wish to gain the skills to enter the social justice field.

Possible careers include work on social justice issues in grassroots community practice, public policy development and implementation, and social research in non-governmental organisations and in the public and private sectors across the globe.


Visit the Social Justice and Community Action (Online Distance Learning) - MSc/PgDip/PgCert page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

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