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Community Learning and Development (Distance Learning), M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #302 (QS) Online
Explore local, national and global issues in community and collective practice. This flexible Community Learning and Development (Distance Learning) course from University of Dundee is tailored to your needs and context.


The MSc Community Learning and Development (Distance Learning) course from University of Dundee 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.

What are the aims of the course?

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.


The course offers excellent professional qualifications and options for ongoing CPD for those in 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 & Adult Learning
  • Local Economic Regeneration
  • Social Enterprise Development
  • Further & Higher Education

Programme Structure

  • The course 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, Google+ and Vidyo. 
  • This means the course is available anywhere and anytime there is access to the internet.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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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.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International

    5900 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5900 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2300 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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