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The University of Edinburgh: Social Justice and Community Action (Online Learning)

Institution The University of Edinburgh View institution profile
Department Moray House School of Education and Sport
Study type Taught


Our MSc / PgDip / PgCert in Social Justice and Community Action programme will equip you with the knowledge and practical skills to make positive social change. It is part-time and fully online, making it perfect for those who wish to combine study with busy lives.

From a local and global viewpoint, you will explore the theories, politics and practices of social justice and community action, connecting ideas like liberty, equality, citizenship and democracy to real-world practices, such as:

  • grassroots activism

  • community practice

  • public policy development and implementation

  • organisational management

We cover a wide range of topics, drawing insights from critical education, politics, social policy, sociology, anthropology and psychology. We use digital tools to provide a flexible, high-quality, collaborative learning experience.

Here's what you can expect from the programme:

  • engage with the major debates and dilemmas regarding social justice, equality, democracy, citizenship and community action, both globally and locally

  • gain the skills and knowledge to apply social justice theories to real-world challenges

  • critically evaluate research, policy and practice evidence and claims regarding social (in)justice

  • develop the research and inquiry skills to investigate issues surrounding social justice, equality, democracy, citizenship and activism on all levels

Accreditation This programme is the flagship teaching initiative of the University of Edinburgh’s Global Justice Academy, a multi-disciplinary network of academics and research centres committed to global justice concerns. It is a joint initiative with the Moray House School of Education and Sport.


Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert

Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip

Edinburgh. Extraordinary futures await.

The University of Edinburgh is one of the world's top universities, consistently ranked in the world top 50, and placed 22nd in the 2024 QS World University Rankings.

Our position as one of Britain’s leading research universities was reaffirmed by the results of the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF). The University of Edinburgh is one of the world’s top research-intensive universities, ranked 4th in the UK for research power (Times Higher Education, Overall Ranking of Institutions), with 90% of our research activity classified as world leading or internationally excellent in the 2021 Research Excellence Framework.

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