Social Justice & Public Policy - Waterford

This MA is particularly suitable for students seeking to promote a fairer society, including people from business, community, voluntary, social inclusion, environmental organisations, trade unions, public service and religious sectors.

Many applicants will be working in a voluntary or paid capacity with an organisation, group or office involved with social justice or addressing issues affected by public policy.

Subjects taught

For the award of MA in Social Justice and Public Policy a student must accumulate 90 credits. Students also have the option of taking individual modules from the programme or the Certificate in Social Justice (30 credits) or the Postgraduate Diploma in Arts in Social Justice and Public Policy (60 credits)

Year 1
Semester 1
Social Analysis and Social Change 1
Human Rights and Theories of Social Justice
Communication Skills

Semester 2
Economics and Social Policy 1
Advocacy, Community Organising and Networking for Social Justice
Social Justice & the Prophetic Tradition

Year 2
Semester 3
Social Analysis and Social Change 2
Strategic Planning & Social Justice

Semester 4
Economics and Social Policy 2
Communications and Public Policy
Reflective Practice and Social Justice

Year 3
Semester 5
Research Project

Entry requirements

Social Justice and Public Policy Entry Requirements:
Applicants for the MA in Social Justice and Public Policy should hold a minimum of an NFQ Honours degree in any area of the Humanities, Economics or Social Sciences. Candidates should normally have previous relevant experience and are expected to be working in a paid or voluntary capacity in the area. All candidates are subject to a pre-entry interview.

Applicants who do not hold the standard qualifying NFQ Level 8 qualification criteria, but have relevant work experience and study may be considered for admission to the programme under the Institute's Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process and subject to an interview.

Applicants whose primary language is not English must submit evidence of competency in English. Please see our website for more details

Application dates



2 years, flexible.

Enrolment dates

NEXT INTAKE September 2024

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time,Evening,Daytime,Weekend

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