Taught course

Community Learning and Development

University of Dundee · School of Education and Social Work

Entry requirements

A degree and appropriate work. You should ideally be able to undertake work related to a course specialism in their workplace setting or other appropriate agency.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc Community Learning and Development offers an exciting and innovative opportunity for advanced study based around community learning practice and inquiry. The course is offered as a workplace based, blended learning course of study using online materials and communication media, with study workshops and tutor support.

The course will have flexible entry and exit points and can be studied either as a CLD qualifying course, accredited by the CLD Standards Council for Scotland, or as continuing professional development (CPD) with optional modules including Organisational Management, Community Engagement, Interprofessional Collaboration and Action Research. The options available include modules in Family Learning, Literacies and Arts & Communities.

The course 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 by communicating with communities of participation and practice the outcomes of investigations and development projects.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24-36 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Admissions Administrator
+44 (0)1382 381122