MA in Social Justice and Public Policy

MA in Social Justice and Public Policy

Part time programme commencing Sept 2017 in Dublin

Applications now open

Social Justice Ireland has entered into a consortium with Waterford Institute of Technology to  offer a part-time MA programme in Social Justice and Public Policy from September 2017.  The programme is specifically designed for people seeking to promote a fairer society, including those from business, community, voluntary, social inclusion, environmental organisations, trade unions, civil service, farming 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.

Further information and the application procedure is available at :

If you have specific queries about the programme, please email us at

Reasons for doing the MA in Social Justice and Public Policy

  • Gain a well recognised qualification which will facilitate your personal and career development  in Social Justice and Public Policy
  • Study and network with other students and professionals from a wide range of experiences and disciplines
  • Study in a convenient Dublin City Centre location
  • Balance your study with work or other commitments.  The MA is embedded in flexible self-directed learning with a contact time of approximately two days per month over 2 years.
  • Develop a variety of practical skills from communications to strategic management to critical analysis.  These skills can be applied both work and voluntary settings.
  • Learn with a range of lecturers, both academics and practitioners, using case studies from Irish and International contexts.

What Graduates said[1].

“The MASJPP was a transformational programme for me.  It broadened my understanding and analysis of the challenges facing Irish Society, and enabled me to develop our organisation’s policy and advocacy programme.”

“The sheer breadth and depth of the learning available on the programme was amazing.  The assignments and especially the dissertation enabled me to delve into issues that really interested me and my employer.”

“I volunteer in my local resource centre and the MA allowed me the space to broaden my knowledge and capacity to try and create a more just society.  I would highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in really understanding the theory of how society works and how we can be a practical influence for change.”

“Having been out of education for a long time, I was nervous of taking on the MA.  However, the mentoring and support was second to none, and I soon realised that my work and life experiences were a real asset.  I am proud to have completed the course with honours”

Course Fees

The fee for the two years is circa €6,500.  Please check with the WIT website for confirmation.

[1] A similar programme was taught in All Hallows College, Dublin and accredited by DCU.  When All Hallows College closed in 2013 the programme was discontinued.