Taught course

Communities, Engagement and Enterprise

University of Brighton · School of Applied Social Science

Entry requirements

Degree and/or experience: normally a good first degree and some experience or interest in working with local communities. For non-native speakers of English: IELTS 6.5 overall, with 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in the other elements.

Months of entry


Course content

This postgraduate certificate enables students to consider how we can use enterprise to improve communities and the lives of their members.

The course is run in partnership with practitioner organisation, The Action for RE:generate Trust, and looks at the development and practice of community organising and community engagement in a changing political context. It is particularly concerned with using academic knowledge to inform professional practice for those working in community engagement, whether in the public or voluntary sectors. We can organise additional practice placements if you feel that your experience is limited.

Although it is only available to those working in the UK, the course maintains a strong international perspective and draws from community-based work around the world. This helps you to appreciate the cultural and political context of community, and to learn different professional techniques in the process.

At Brighton, we have made a strong commitment to community engagement through our strategic plan, widening participation policy and the internationally renowned Community University Partnership Programme (Cupp).

For ten years, Cupp has built bridges between our students and staff on the one hand and the public, voluntary and community sectors on the other, in an effort to tackle inequality and promote sustainable development.

Qualification and course duration


part time
6 months

Course contact details

School of Applied Social Science