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Community Education (CLD Standards Council approved qualifying route)

University of Dundee

36 months
6825 GBP/year
2665 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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This MSc Community Education (CLD Standards Council approved qualifying route) course from University of Dundee is workplace-based. You will combine online study with workshops and tutor support, providing you with a qualification approved by the Community Learning and Development (CLD) Standards Council for Scotland.


Throughout the MSc Community Education (CLD Standards Council approved qualifying route) course from University of Dundee you will identify, reflect on, develop and appraise critical community-based practice, while integrating your learning and practice with theoretical studies and investigative techniques.

Your commitment to community education values, ethical codes of practice, and ongoing professional development will be enhanced. You will also be encouraged to engage in processes of active learning, involving cyclical processes of action and reflection with participants.

You will contribute to the ongoing construction of theory and practice by engaging in investigations and development projects.

The course is suitable for returning students who already have a PG Diploma in CE/CLD, and want to complete the Masters qualification.

This course is also ideal for distance learners as classroom teaching is hosted on campus and in the virtual environment.


This course can take two to three years to complete, depending on your own circumstances, and it will build on your initial training and professionalism which has developed throughout your work experience.

Some modules are taught entirely online, while some combine both online learning and workshops on campus. The course is available online anywhere you have access to the internet.

We offer you individual support through:

  • online tutorials and workshops
  • study guides
  • telephone tutorials
  • face-to-face tutorials
  • emails
  • written feedback
  • an allocated Adviser of Studies

The course offers a professional qualification for those seeking practitioner and managerial posts in:

  • local authority services and projects
  • third sector organisations
  • community learning and development services
  • culture and leisure services
  • community health
  • youth work
  • housing
  • community development
  • adult literacies and numeracies
  • family learning
  • community and adult learning
  • local economic regeneration
  • social enterprise development
  • further & higher education

Programme Structure

Modules include:

  • Transforming Practice (Being a Critical Practitioner)
  • Critical Pedagogies
  • Transforming Practice (Practice in Diverse Contexts) 2
  • Research Methods for Professional Inquiry
  • Dissertation

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General 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.
  • Recognition of prior learning is available for up to 50% of the CPD route. Recognition of prior learning is not available for the SC Approved route. Credit claims will be considered oncean application and certificates have been submitted.

Work experience

You need provide evidence of at least two years prior experience in a community education or related setting and must be employed in a paid or voluntary capacity for a minimum of 20 hours per week for the duration of the course. You must also gain the consent of your employer to join the course and must identify a suitably qualified Mentor to support you.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    6825 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6825 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • National

    2665 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2665 GBP per year during 36 months.


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