Moray House School of Education and Sport

Career opportunities

Information about career opportunities and students tells us why they enjoy studying the MSc Social Justice and Community Action.

Students will gain knowledge and skills applicable to social justice work in the public, third and private sectors. Graduates may find career opportunities, or opportunities for career advancement, in diverse contexts such as grassroots community practice, education, policy advocacy or research. 

Graduates gain an ability to engage with the foundational and contemporary debates and dilemmas around social justice, political activism, equality, democracy and citizenship in global and local contexts, and the research and inquiry skills to critically investigate these issues. They learn applied skills and knowledge to relate and connect social justice theories to real-world challenges, and to synthesise and critically evaluate research, policy and practice evidence and claims regarding social (in)justice. 

Alumni testimonials

Video: Alanna Barrett

In this video, Alanna Barrett 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

In the following video, Barbara Becnel provides an insight into the MSc Social Justice and Community Action programme and how the degree has been helpful in undertaking 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 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. This is done through individual appointments, group sessions and wider campus-based activity, alongside online services and resources.  A diverse programme of face-to-face and online events is delivered throughout the academic year.  

Suzanne Agnew

Careers Consultant, Moray House

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