Social Studies

The MA in Social Studies is a four semester (Level 9) taught programme which aims to develop skilled social science researchers and critically-minded social studies thinkers who will have a direct impact in the ongoing development of the Knowledge Society. The programme builds on the strengths developed over many years in the School of Humanities in the area of social care and social studies.

It offers an interdisciplinary approach to the advanced understanding of human beings in contemporary society in relation their social, economic, political and cultural contexts.

It brings together the interdisciplinary teaching strengths of lecturing staff in the social sciences at WIT; Sociology, Psychology, Social Policy, Theology and Religious Studies, Systemic and Reflective Learning. This programme also relates strategically to the core research activity of the Centre for Social and Family Research in the Department of Applied Arts: Ethnicity and Migration, Masculinities, Child Centred Research, Theology and Religious Studies.

Programme Aims
The aim of the Masters in Social Studies to enhance students' knowledge, skills and abilities to:
•engage meaningfully in contemporary debates in social studies

•critically reflect on themselves and others, at both personal and socio-political levels in order to contribute to society and community

•successfully manage social science research

Unique Aspects of the Programme
The philosophy and learning strategy of this programme are underpinned by three distinct aspects:
•Interdisciplinarity: an interdisciplinary focus on teaching, leaning and assessment

•Reflective learning: supporting and developing students as a self directed learners and social researchers through focusing on critical self reflection and reflective learning processes

•Research informed teaching and learning: teaching and learning that is informed by current and critically engaged research at the frontiers in each of the subject areas.

Entry requirements

•Graduates require a minimum 2.2 undergraduate honours degrees in Social Science or Humanities related areas to apply directly to this Level 9 MA programme.

•Applicants whose first language is not English must submit evidence of competency in English, please see WIT's English Language Requirements for details.

Subjects taught

Year 1
Semester 1:
Social Policy & Justice in a Globalised World
Constructing Identities: Transition, Difference & Belonging
Advanced Social Research
Critical & Reflective Learning

Semester 2:
Gender, Work & Parenting
Policy making processes: inclusive practices
Philosophy of Social Research
Professionalism & Social Change
Sociology of Religion (Elective)
Children in Society (Elective)

Year 2.
Semester 3.
Dissertation Proposal & Literature Review
Research Methods: Qualitative & Quantitative

Choice of Two electives from:
Contemporary Spirituality
Faith, Community & Society
Learning Organisations
Men & Masculinities

Semester 4.




2 - 3 years Full-time/Part-time


Programme fee details are available on the Postgraduate Fee Schedule displayed on our website at

Enrolment dates

Next Intake for the MA in Social Studies is planned for September 2020.

Post Course Info

Graduates could expect that their programme related careers would be enhanced, whether they work in policy development, social work, social care or pastoral care.

They will be skilled social researchers, capable of moving into leadership and management positions through acquiring competencies in advanced critical and reflective learning, seeing making connections between various aspects of society and proposing relevant and workable solutions.

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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