Taught course

Community Planning and Governance

Ulster University · Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Applicants to the linked PgDip/MSc (full-time) programme should hold:

(1) an Honours or non-Honours degree from a University of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, or from a recognised national awarding body, or from an institution of another country which is recognised as being of an equivalent standard; or

(2) an equivalent standard in a Postgraduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate or an approved alternative qualification;

and provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English (GCSE grade C or equivalent);

or as an alternative, and in exceptional circumstances, where an individual has substantial and significant experiential learning, a portfolio of written evidence demonstrating the meeting of graduate qualities may be considered as an alternative entrance route.

Evidence used to demonstrate graduate qualities may not be used for exemption against modules within the programme.

Months of entry


Course content

The course aims to produce graduates with the knowledge and skills to deliver community planning (integrated service provision), manage performance and change, and appreciate the dynamic forces that shape the relationship between people and place through spatial planning, as well as facilitate the personal and intellectual development of students to help them create the conditions for enhancing social, economic and environmental well-being.

Within this overall aim, the course will enable successful students to engage with, understand and debate:

  • Community Planning (Service Delivery)
  • Performance Management
  • Collaborative Governance
  • Place-shaping
  • Planning and Regeneration
  • People and Place
  • Leadership
  • Inclusive Engagement
  • Resilient Communities

The programme is delivered by the School of the Built Environment, in association with the School of Sociology and Applied Social Studies.

Information for international students

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


part time
12 months


full time
8 months
part time
24 months


full time
12 months
part time
36 months

Course contact details

Gavan Rafferty
+44 (0) 28 9036 6521