MA in Social Justice and Public Policy

Master of ArtsSocial Justice and Public Policy

Part Time
2 years
31 Aug 21

Social Justice and Public Policy

The MA in Social Justice and Public Policy is a two year part-time programme which gives students a unique opportunity to develop a theoretical framework and the deep capacity for analysis, understanding, knowledge, skills and practices needed to engage meaningfully in social change towards a more just and inclusive society focussing particularly on influencing public policy.  Social Justice Ireland is a key partner in this programme.

The MA in Social Justice and Public Policy will:

  • give students the skills to analyse and challenge the existing policy narrative and propose realistic alternatives

  • ensure that students understand the theoretical framework which underpins different policies produce graduates with the necessary skills and experience to exercise an effective role in influencing public policy for social justice

  • offering a critical social analysis of the current situation, researching and developing evidence based options, negotiating effectively and advocating for change

In taking on this programme students will be able to:

  • learn from expert academics and practitioners in social justice and public policy using case studies from Irish and International contexts

  • study and network with others from a wide range of experiences and disciplines

  • pursue their relevant interests via self-directed learning, assignments and a dissertation


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.

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Social Justice and Public Policy Course Structure

The MA in Social Justice and Public Policy is delivered part-time over two years normally over seventeen evening and all-day sessions and two block weeks over two years in a convenient Dublin city centre location.

Assessment is via assignments, projects and a dissertation. 

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)

In order to facilitate the delivery of programmes during the Covid-19 pandemic, module outline and order may change slightly for the academic year 2020/2021.

Year 1
Semester 1Semester 2
Social Analysis and Social Change 1Economics and Social Policy 1
Human Rights and Theories of Social JusticeAdvocacy, Community Organising andNetworking for Social Justice
Social Justice and the Prophetic TraditionResearch Methods
Year 2
Semester 3Semester 4
Social Analysis and Social Change 2Economics and Social Policy 2
Communication SkillsCommunications and Public Policy
Reflective Practice and Social JusticeResearch Project
Strategic Planning & Social Justice

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


Programme fees


Programme fee details are available from the Postgraduate Fee Section of our website at


How to Apply


Applications for this programme are made online by going to (Code wd595)

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Course Leader(s)

Dr. Sean Healy, Director Social Justice Ireland

Phone:+353 (0)1 2130724
Email: [email protected]

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