Public Advocacy & Activism

By drawing on the expertise of scholars and practitioners across these fields, the MA provides the skills crucial for those who wish to work in organizations that seek to shift attitudes and initiate change, including those working in community organisations, international relations, development, labour, rights, health and the environment.

1. This is a unique programme that delivers a grounding in both the theory and practice of advocacy and activism, drawing on a range of disciplines and experts, and challenging you to think about the world from new perspectives.

2. The MA includes a servicelearning work placement in which students gain the opportunity to put their developing skills into practice.

3. The diversity of experience and backgrounds in the class group provides constant opportunities for discussion, sharing knowledge and learning from each other.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
QQI Level 8 degree or equivalent H2.2. GPA 3.0 or international qualification. IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent if applicable. Students who do not meet the honours degree requirement but have a Level 7 (Merit 2) degree may be admitted to the PDip course with the possibility of progressing to the MA if they receive a minimum of 60% in their course work during the year.

Students may apply for the MA in Public Advocacy and Activism. Those who do not meet the minimum entry requirements may be admitted with relevant professional experience via a qualifying exam, or be admitted to the PDip.

Application dates

University of Galway does not set a deadline for receipt of applications (with some exceptions).


1MPA1: 1 year, full-time; 1MPA2: 2 years, part-time.

Post Course Info

Career Opportunities
Graduates have gone on to pursue a range of careers in lobbying, campaigning, advocacy, education and humanitarian roles in organisations such as the SOAR Foundation, PETA, UNOCHA, GOAL Ireland, ADAPT Domestic Abuse Services, Amnesty International (Irish section), Cancer Care West, COPE Galway and the National Advocacy Service, the National Youth Council of Ireland, Trócaire, and Spunout. Others have continued in higher education, with a number of PhDs completed or underway. It should be noted that while the MA is structured towards careers in the not-for-profit sector, many of the skills gained during the year, for example those in research methods, analysis, media and communications, are transferable to any sector.

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  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ),Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Part time

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