Postgraduate study

Social Justice and Community Action (Online Learning) MSc, PgDip, PgCert

Awards: MSc, PgDip, PgCert

Online learning

Funding opportunities

Launching for 2019 entry, the refreshed 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 social justice, relate these ideas to your own practice context, and consider a range of approaches in communities, in policy and in different organisational contexts.

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 delivered through a rich mix of taught inputs, independent study and group work, making use of the following online methods:

  • live online lectures, pre-recorded lectures and podcasts
  • live online tutorials and text-based discussion forums
  • reflective blogs

Specialist IT skills are not required.

Studying online at Edinburgh

Find out more about the benefits and practicalities of studying for an online degree:

The flexibility of this programme means you can choose an exit point and study at a pace that suits you best. You can study towards a Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) over 12 months, a Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) over 24 months, or the full Masters (MSc) programme over 36 months.

To obtain the Masters qualification, you will complete three compulsory courses, three option courses and a supervised dissertation or applied research project.

Compulsory courses:

  • Theories and Politics of Social Justice
  • Community Engagement: Co-Constructing Knowledge with Communities
  • Activist Social Research

Option courses:

  • Policy Analysis for Social Justice
  • Learning for Democracy
  • Organisational Management for Social Justice

You may also choose from a wide range of online courses provided elsewhere in the University. To offer three diverse examples:

  • Introduction to Learning for Sustainability
  • Health Inequalities and the Social Determinants of Health
  • Politics and Theories of International Development

This programme is designed for professionals working on social justice issues in diverse contexts, notably research and policy, grassroots practice, education, 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.

A UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent.

We may also consider your application if you have substantial practice or research experience or other relevant qualifications; please contact us to check before you apply.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.

English language tests

We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

  • IELTS: total 6.5 (at least 6.0 in each module)

  • TOEFL-iBT: total 92 (at least 20 in each module)

  • PTE Academic: total 61 (at least 56 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections)

  • CAE and CPE: total 176 (at least 169 in each module)

  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with a distinction in all four components

Your English language qualification must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the programme you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, PTE Academic or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

Degrees taught and assessed in English

We also accept an undergraduate or postgraduate degree that has been taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country, as defined by UK Visas and Immigration:

We also accept a degree that has been taught and assessed in English from a university on our list of approved universities in non-majority English speaking countries.

If you are not a national of a majority English speaking country, then your degree must be no more than three and a half years old at the beginning of your programme of study.*

(*Revised 8/11/2018 to provide more accurate information on English language qualifications expiry dates. Revised 22/03/2019 to provide more accurate/comprehensive information.)

Find out more about our language requirements:

Read our general information on tuition fees and studying costs:

Featured funding

UK government postgraduate loans

If you live in the UK, you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan from one of the UK’s governments. The type and amount of financial support you are eligible for will depend on your programme, the duration of your studies, and your residency status. (Programmes studied on a part-time intermittent basis are not eligible.)

Other funding opportunities

Search for scholarships and funding opportunities:

  • Moray House School of Education and Sport
  • Old Moray House
  • Holyrood Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 8AQ

Find out more about the general application process for postgraduate programmes:

Further information

  • Moray House School of Education and Sport
  • Old Moray House
  • Holyrood Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 8AQ