MSc International Economic and Social Justice

Available as a One Year Masters or a Two Year (with Professional Practice) Masters.

The MSc International Economic and Social Justice is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills which will allow you to evaluate and assess economic and social policy interventions. The programme will also enable you to consider how such policies could be improved.

All of the modules on the programme are designed to address real-world issues around economic and social justice. The concept of social justice is based on the advancement of human rights and equality and this programme is designed to utilise economic analysis to evaluate and improve existing policies designed to promote social justice. By the end of the Masters programme, you will have developed a deep understanding of the public policy making process and have enhanced your quantitative and qualitative skills in analysing policy from a socio-economic justice perspective.

This is a research-led Masters degree. The in-depth programme of study will develop your outlook and capacity for critical analysis. Contemporary policy challenges shape the course; with a focus on issues including poverty and income inequalities, environmental degradation, migration, globalised labour markets, gender discrimination and the gender pay gap, public service reform and changing global economic structures.

The programme makes extensive use of the skills, knowledge and research undertaken by the Women in Scotland’s Economy (WiSE) Research Centre for Economic Justice based in the Department of Economics and Law. You will also benefit from the research strengths within the Glasgow School for Business and Society. The school is a leader in the field of gender and feminist economics and is also at the forefront of research in the fields of migration, economic inequality and globalisation.

It is a student-centred, practical and participative environment. You will study alongside graduates from other disciplines and backgrounds. You will acquire solid analytical skills backed by theoretical understanding.
Course structure and modules  

The programme has four 15-credit modules in Trimester A. Trimester B has four 15-credit modules. A 60-credit Masters Research Project (MRP) spans Trimesters B and C.

In addition to the MRP, all programmes share a further two modules. ‘Ethics, Governance and Responsible Leadership’ gives you exposure to the Common Good principles that drive the University and the School. ‘Applied Professional Practice’ offers you the opportunity for extended workplace experiences.

Module list

Global Political Economy, Human Rights, Gender and Development, Economics of Inequality, Ethics, Governance and Responsible Leadership, Feminist Economics, Migration, Governance and Globalisation, Public Policy Analysis, Applied Professional Practice, Masters Research Project.

Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.

Our two-year masters courses give you the chance to develop your knowledge and professional skills with an extended work placement. You'll experience all the benefits of a regular masters, but with the additional advantage of a further professional practice placement over two trimesters.You'll be fully supported and prepared for your placement, and graduate with significant work experience, in-depth knowledge and understanding of your chosen sector.

Study Options

  • 2020/21


Mode of study


Start date



Full Time
1 Year
18 Jan 2021
GCU Glasgow
Full Time
2 Years
18 Jan 2021
GCU Glasgow
Full Time
2 Years
29 Sep 2020
GCU Glasgow
Full Time
1 Year
29 Sep 2020
GCU Glasgow
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location  
MSc Full Time 1 Year 18 Jan 2021 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply
MSc Full Time 2 Years 18 Jan 2021 GCU Glasgow Enquire
MSc Full Time 2 Years 29 Sep 2020 GCU Glasgow Enquire
MSc Full Time 1 Year 29 Sep 2020 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

Typical entry requirements

UK honours degree 2:2 (or equivalent) in economics, law, social sciences, politics, sociology, business, or a relevant discipline.

English language

English language: Academic IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) with no element below 5.5.

Please note: if you are from a majority English speaking country, you may not be required to provide further proof of your English Language proficiency.

Additional information

Other academic and vocational qualifications

Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.

Advanced standing

You may be granted entry with advanced standing if you can demonstrate equivalence to the learning outcomes of a module. You may gain credit towards your award by demonstrating a combination of prior informal and formal learning.

International pathways

If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for our pre-sessional English programme which is taught at our Glasgow campus.

Join GCU in September 2020

We are looking forward to welcoming you to what will be a great new academic year at GCU and we hope you choose this as your study destination. Your experience as an applicant and new student remains our priority. We will be doing everything we can to make sure you enjoy learning through our blended approach of online and face-to-face teaching and to give you as many opportunities to create new friendships and experience everything the GCU community has to offer you!

The health, safety and wellbeing of our students and staff will continue to be our highest priority as rules around social distancing are eased. For more information on the things what you can expect from your first term at GCU, visit our Frequently Asked Questions pages or make an enquiry today.

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Tuition fees 2020/21

Home: £6,000
RUK: £6,000
EU: £6,000
International: £13,500

Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only. Fees and refund policy.

As a student at the University, there are additional fees and costs which may or may not apply to you, but that you should be aware of.

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We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2 million per year.

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Student centred

We put you at the centre of your education. A high level of participation and practical engagement is encouraged throughout. At times you will work individually, at other times you will be part of a team. You will be encouraged to articulate and discuss your ideas at tutorials and in exercises.

Guest speakers

You will be introduced to a range of guest speakers on and off campus. You will have the opportunity to learn from established and respected experts sharing their authentic life experience. This can lead to a better understanding of how your own career could develop.

Learning and teaching experience

Your learning experience will help develop skills that can be applied in a working environment. 

The MSc International Economic & Social Justice programme involves a broad range of teaching and learning methods. These include lectures, tutorials, case studies and presentations as well as videos, podcasts and online discussions. These are all underpinned by the University’s commitment to the Common Good and its pledge to the PRME initiative. 

Modules are practical and participative. You will be expected to submit essays and presentations both individually and as a member of a group. 

Several modules encourage a greater level of independent and peer-supported learning. Topics and issues are initially introduced through reading and online engagement. This means class time can be devoted to exploring the subjects in more depth. You will participate in role-play and problem-solving scenarios. These will give you the experience and confidence you need to take the next step in your career. 

Course work is assessed in a variety of ways. There is a balance of individual essays, participation in seminars, individual and group reports, presentations, blogs and exams. Assessment methods are designed to give you the opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of the course. They also show employers that you have developed the skills that they are looking for in the workplace.

For your Masters Research Project, you will be introduced to key research methods and theories. You will undertake an in-depth project with the opportunity to apply research concepts, theories and techniques. 

Every aspect of the programme is inspired by our Common Good mission. We aim to develop graduates who are responsible contributors to society.

In partnership with HM Forces, GCU has identified this programme is being particularly suited to military and ex-military men and women. Visit the HM Forces Careers Zone for more information on the services we provide.

Mix of assessments and exams.
Professional engagements included in this course include employer events on campus.
Students on this course will get the opportunity to hear from guest lecturers.