Social Studies

Waterford Institute of Technology

24 months
11500 EUR/year
6500 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The M.A. in Social Studies at Waterford Institute of Technology 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 Social Studies programme from Waterford Institute of Technology offers an interdisciplinary approach to the advanced understanding of human beings in contemporary society in relation their social, economic, political and cultural contexts.

The programme builds on the strengths developed over many years in the School of Humanities in the area of social care and social studies.

Graduates with M.A. in Social Studies from Waterford Institute of Technology will be able to:

  • engage meaningfully in contemporary debates in the social sciences; 
  • critically reflect on their own role and the role of others, at both personal and socio-political levels and how these roles contribute to society and community; 
  • successfully manage social science research;
  • encourage a flexibility of mind and a willingness to engage with the world in an interdisciplinary way and from a variety of perspectives;


Graduates could expect their careers to be enhanced, whether they work in policy development, social work, social care, community work or pastoral care, as they will have gained knowledge and understanding of human society at an advanced level. They will have gained skills in social research which would prove useful in organisations whose remit is in the broad area of the social services in both the statutory and non-statutory sectors.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Social Policy & Justice in a Globalised World
  • Gender, Work & Parenting
  • Constructing Identities: Transition, Difference & Belonging
  • Policy making processes: inclusive practices
  • Advanced Social Research
  • Philosophy of Social Research
  • Critical & Reflective Learning
  • Professionalism & Social Change
  • Sociology of Religion
  • Children in Society
  • Contemporary Spirituality
  • Faith, Community & Society
  • Learning Organisations

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Lower Second Class

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General 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.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    11500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11500 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    6500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6500 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.


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