Social Justice and Community Action (Online Learning) MSc, PgDip (ICL), PgCert (ICL)
Awards: MSc, PgDip (ICL), PgCert (ICL)
Study modes: Part-time Intermittent Study, Part-time
Programme website: Social Justice and Community Action (Online Learning)
Since my first day on the course, I have benefited from the support and mentorship of the course organisers, my personal tutor and my colleagues. This has allowed me to refine my research interests and to focus on the type of work I’d like to do next. The work we do on the course is practical and we are given opportunities to focus our learning on issues that are of personal interest. This ‘learning by doing’ approach brings the topics to life and gives us the tools we need to operationalise the principles of social justice in real-world contexts.
Our MSc / PgDip / PgCert in Social Justice and Community Action programme will equip you with the knowledge and practical skills to make positive social change. It is part-time and fully online, making it perfect for those who wish to combine study with busy lives.
From a local and global viewpoint, you will explore the theories, politics and practices of social justice and community action, connecting ideas like liberty, equality, citizenship and democracy to real-world practices, such as:
- grassroots activism
- community practice
- public policy development and implementation
- organisational management
We cover a wide range of topics, drawing insights from critical education, politics, social policy, sociology, anthropology and psychology. We use digital tools to provide a flexible, high-quality, collaborative learning experience.
Here's what you can expect from the programme:
- engage with the major debates and dilemmas regarding social justice, equality, democracy, citizenship and community action, both globally and locally
- gain the skills and knowledge to apply social justice theories to real-world challenges
- critically evaluate research, policy and practice evidence and claims regarding social (in)justice
- develop the research and inquiry skills to investigate issues surrounding social justice, equality, democracy, citizenship and activism on all levels
This programme is the flagship teaching initiative of the University of Edinburgh’s Global Justice Academy, a multi-disciplinary network of academics and research centres committed to global justice concerns. It is a joint initiative with the Moray House School of Education and Sport.
Delivered fully online, this programme gives you the opportunity to work closely with your fellow students and tutors in a supported, collaborative, vibrant online learning environment, studying at the times and in the places that suit you best.
We deliver this programme through:
- live online lectures, pre-recorded lectures and podcasts
- live online tutorials and text-based discussion forums
- reflective blogs
- independent study
- group work
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 a pathway and study at a pace that suits you best. Study towards a:
Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert)
- 60 credits earned over 1-2 years (part-time intermittent)
Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip)
- 120 credits earned over 2-4 years (part-time intermittent)
full Master's degree (MSc)
- 180 credits earned over 3 years (part-time),
- or 3-6 years (part-time intermittent)
The Postgraduate Certificate includes two compulsory courses and one option course.
The Postgraduate Diploma includes two compulsory courses and four option courses.
To obtain the Master's qualification, you will complete three compulsory courses, three option courses, and a supervised dissertation or applied research project.
- Theories and Politics of Social Justice
- Community Engagement: Co-Constructing Knowledge with Communities
- Activist Social Research (MSc students only)
- Organisational Management for Social Justice
- Working with Children and Young People for Social Justice
- Policy Analysis for Social Justice
- Learning for Democracy
PgDip and Master's students may choose additional option courses, including any of the above not yet taken, plus:
- Analysing Development
- Politics and Theories of International Development
- Key Skills in Development Practice
- Digital Education in the Majority World
- Global Development Challenges
Additionally, they may choose from a wide range of online courses provided elsewhere in the University. For example:
- Child Migration and Mental Health
- Dynamics of African Development
- Education, Data and Change
- Global Health Governance
- Health Systems Analysis
- Migration and Forced Displacement in a Digital Age
- Post-digital Society
- Social Inequality and Child and Adolescent Mental Health
- Strategic Change Leadership for Creative Industries
Find out more about compulsory and optional courses
We link to the latest information available. Please note that this may be for a previous academic year and should be considered indicative.
|MSc||Social Justice and Community Action||Up to 6 Years||Part-time Intermittent Study||Programme structure 2023/24|
|MSc||Social Justice and Community Action||3 Years||Part-time||Programme structure 2023/24|
|PgDip (ICL)||Social Justice and Community Action||Up to 4 Years||Part-time Intermittent Study||Programme structure 2023/24|
|PgCert (ICL)||Social Justice and Community Action||Up to 2 Years||Part-time Intermittent Study||Programme structure 2023/24|
This programme is ideal for professionals working on social justice issues in research and policy, grassroots practice and education. We also welcome recent graduates who wish to enter the social justice field.
Students will gain skills applicable to social justice work in the global public, third and private sectors. Graduates may find career opportunities, or opportunities for career advancement, in areas such as:
- grassroots community practice (community development, community organising, rights-based development work)
- education (formal, informal and non-formal)
- social and public policy development
- advocacy and campaigning
- social research, consultancy and monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning (MEAL) in non-governmental organisations or in the public/private sectors
- trade unions
These entry requirements are for the 2024/25 academic year and requirements for future academic years may differ. Entry requirements for the 2025/26 academic year will be published on 1 Oct 2024.
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.
Students from China
This degree is Band C.
Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:
English language requirements
Regardless of your nationality or country of residence, you must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.
English language tests
We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:
- IELTS Academic: total 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each component.
- TOEFL-iBT (including Home Edition): total 92 with at least 20 in each component. We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
- C1 Advanced (CAE) / C2 Proficiency (CPE): total 176 with at least 169 in each component.
- Trinity ISE: ISE II with distinctions in all four components.
- PTE Academic: total 62 with at least 59 in each component.
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, Trinity ISE or PTE, 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 (non-MESC).
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.
Find out more about our language requirements:
|MSc||Social Justice and Community Action||Up to 6 Years||Part-time Intermittent Study||Tuition fees|
|MSc||Social Justice and Community Action||3 Years||Part-time||Tuition fees|
|PgDip (ICL)||Social Justice and Community Action||Up to 4 Years||Part-time Intermittent Study||Tuition fees|
|PgCert (ICL)||Social Justice and Community Action||Up to 2 Years||Part-time Intermittent Study||Tuition fees|
Moray House Access Scholarship
Moray House School of Education and Sport is pleased to offer a scholarship covering tuition fees and living costs for one student. The scholarship is for UK nationals domiciled in the UK, from backgrounds or groups which are underrepresented in our School.
Mastercard Foundation Postgraduate Scholarships
Scholarships are available for the Social Justice and Community Action online taught programme (MSc and PgDip). The postgraduate study scholarships for the 2024/25 academic year will accept applications until 7th December 2023 at 5:00 PM (UK Time). Applicants must be residents and citizens or hold refugee status in a Sub-Saharan African country.
Please note: If the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program is the only scholarship you are interested in applying for at the University of Edinburgh, please apply for the Mastercard Foundation scholarship only first. If you receive a scholarship offer from the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program, then you can apply for the academic programme.
For more information and how to apply, visit the website:
Online Learning Scholarships
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
- your tuition fee status
Programmes studied on a part-time intermittent basis (ICL) are not eligible.
Other funding opportunities
Search for scholarships and funding opportunities:
- Moray House School of Education and Sport
- Old Moray House
- Holyrood Campus
- EH8 8AQ
Select your programme and preferred start date to begin your application.
MSc Social Justice and Community Action (Online Learning) (ICL) - 2-6 Years (Part-time Intermittent Study)
MSc Social Justice and Community Action (Online Learning) - 3 Years (Part-time)
PgDip Social Justice and Community Action (Online Learning) (ICL) - 2-4 Years (Part-time Intermittent Study)
PgCert Social Justice and Community Action (Online Learning) (ICL) - 1-2 Years (Part-time Intermittent Study)
|Programme start date||Application deadline|
|9 September 2024||30 August 2024|
We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. If you are also applying for funding then we strongly recommend you apply as early as possible.
- Moray House School of Education and Sport
- Old Moray House
- Holyrood Campus
- EH8 8AQ