Taught course

Community Learning and Development

University of Dundee · School of Education and Social Work

Entry requirements

Applicants for the qualifying CLD programme require a relevant first degree and current professional practice in a public and voluntary CLD context. Applicants will normally be graduates or be able to provide evidence that they can work at postgraduate level. They should ideally be able to undertake work related to a programme specialism in their workplace setting or other appropriate agency. Recognition for prior learning is available with more details available from the Programme Director or Programme Administrator.

Months of entry

September, March

Course content

The programme is designed to enable participants to:

  • Identify, reflect on, develop and appraise critical community based practice, individually and in collaboration with others;
  • Integrate community learning and development practice with theoretical studies and investigative techniques;
  • Enhance commitment to community learning and development values, ethical codes of practice and ongoing professional development;
  • Engage in processes of active learning involving cyclical processes of action and reflection with participants towards development of empowerment, capacity building and co-production;
  • Contribute to ongoing construction of theory and practice.

The Programme can take 2 to 3 years depending on a student's circumstances with modules being delivered by blended and distance learning and are supported by the use of the University's Virtual Learning Environment and other online tools such as Adobe Connect and Google+. This means the Programme is available anywhere and anytime there is access to the internet.

All participants are required to undertake a range of core modules and, in some cases, optional modules depending on their entry level and route.

Students on all routes are required to complete the two Certificate level core modules:

  • Research Methods for Professional Inquiry (30 credits)
  • Critical Pedagogies (30 credits)

The CLD Standards Council qualifying route requires the completion of two Diploma level modules:

  • Evidence-Based Practice 1 (30 credits)
  • Evidence-Based Practice 2 (30 credits)

Those on the CPD route can instead select two optional 30 credit modules from the range available to complete the Diploma level.

All Masters students will then be required to complete the 60 credit Dissertation module.

Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months

Course contact details

Admissions Administrator
+44 (0)1382 381122