Moray House School of Education and Sport

Careers in Social Justice and Community Action

Learn about career options and hear our students talk about why they enjoy the programme.

Students on this programme will learn how to perform social justice work in the public, third and private sectors.

They learn applied skills and gain the knowledge to relate and connect social justice theories to real-world challenges. They’re also able to critically evaluate and combine research, policy and practice evidence and claims regarding social (in)justice.

Graduates may find jobs or advance their careers in areas such as:

  • Grassroots community practice
  • Education
  • Policy advocacy
  • Research.

Our graduates gain the skills to engage with the foundational and current debates and dilemmas around social justice, political activism, equality, democracy and citizenship in global and local contexts. They also have the research and inquiry skills to critically investigate these issues.

Alumni testimonials

Video: Alanna Barrett

Alanna shares what she enjoyed most about the MSc Social Justice and Community Action and how the degree is influencing her career in the film industry.

Video: Barbara Becnel

Barbara provides insight into the programme and how the Master's degree has helped her as she undertakes PhD study in the field.

Video: Hear from Barbara Becnel - Graduate of Social Justice and Community Action programme at Moray House
Hear more about studying on the MSc Social Justice and Community Action programme.

Sarah Nimmo

Sarah Nimmo
Sarah Nimmo

Having a background in law and policing, I found studying for a PgCert in Social Justice and Community Action engaging, topical and a welcome return to studying. The content lent me new and varied perspectives on policy issues and implementation, particularly around some public health issues including fuel poverty, and other areas such as terrorism legislation. It helped me articulate a viewpoint and translate that into a coherent argument presented in, say, a policy briefing or presentation - skills I use in my current job. 

Inspiring and supportive

The enthusiasm of the course tutors was inspiring and the support from all the staff I came into contact with was very encouraging, while the flexible nature of an online course was ideal for me as I was still working. I'll hopefully be able to join the course again and complete further credits gaining a diploma or masters qualification, to further my career and help me try to make a positive change. 

Careers Service

The University of Edinburgh's Careers Service supports all current students (and graduates for up to 2 years) to develop their potential and achieve satisfying and rewarding futures.

Join in and make use of:

  • individual appointments
  • group sessions
  • wider campus-based activity
  • online services and resources

We also deliver a diverse programme of face-to-face and online events throughout the academic year.

Suzanne Agnew

Careers Consultant, Moray House

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