University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh

Social Justice and Community Action

This course is designed to equip students with the knowledge and practical skills to help them make positive social change. It offers the opportunity to critically engage with foundational ideas and debates about equality, fairness, power, democracy and citizenship and consider a range of actions in communities in policy and legislation processes and in organisations for the real world application of these ideas.

Entry requirements

A UK 2.1 Honours degree, or its international equivalent. Alternatively, applicants may be considered on the basis of substantial practice or research experience or other relevant qualifications. If English is not the 1st language, applicants must have 1 of the following qualifications as evidence of their spoken and written English: IELTS: total 6.5 (at least 6.0 in each module); TOEFL-iBT: total 92 (at least 20 in each module); PTE(A): total 61 (at least 56 in each of the 'Communicative Skills' sections); CAE and CPE: total 176 (at least 169 in each module).

Course modules

This programme is taught through a mix of online methods including podcasts, group work and independent study. Compulsory courses: theories and politics of social justice; community action and social justice; policy analysis for social justice; activist social research. Option courses: learning for democracy; organisational management for social justice. Students may also choose from other online courses provided elsewhere in the university.

Assessment methods

Students complete 4 compulsory courses, 2 option courses and a supervised dissertation project.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Part-time - 2 years
PgCert Part-time - 1 years
PgDip Part-time - 2 years

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