Social Justice and Public Policy, M.A. | Part time | Waterford Institute of Technology | Waterford, Ireland
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Social Justice and Public Policy

24 months
6500 EUR/year
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The MA in Social Justice and Public Policy from Waterford Institute of Technology 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.


The MA in Social Justice and Public Policy from Waterford Institute of Technology 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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Social Analysis and Social Change 
  • Economics and Social Policy
  • Human Rights and Theories of Social Justice
  • Advocacy, Community Organising and Networking for Social Justice
  • Social Justice and the Prophetic Tradition
  • Research Methods

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months

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Academic requirements

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General 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.

Tuition Fee

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    6500 EUR/year
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    Based on the tuition of 6500 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Waterford

670 - 1050 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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