MA in Social Studies

Master of ArtsSocial Studies

Full Time/ Part Time
College Street
2-3 yrs
120 ECTS

The MA in Social Studies is currently closed for applications. The next intake is planned for September 2020

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.


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MA in Social Studies


Year 1
Semester 1Semester 2
Social Policy & Justice in a Globalised World Gender, Work & Parenting
Constructing Identities: Transition, Difference & BelongingPolicy making processes: inclusive practices
Advanced Social ResearchPhilosophy of Social Research
Critical & Reflective LearningProfessionalism & Social Change
E = ElectiveSociology of Religion (E)
Children in Society (E)
Year 2
Semester 3Semester 4
Dissertation Proposal & Literature ReviewDissertation
Research Methods: Qualitative & Quantitative
Choice of Two electives from:
Contemporary Spirituality
Faith, Community & Society
Learning Organisations
Men & Masculinities

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.



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


How to Apply

Applications for this programme are made online by going to

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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