• For Entry: September
  • Duration: 12 months
  • School: Education & Social Work
  • Study Mode: Full Time

Explore local, national and global issues in community and collective practice. Our flexible on-campus course is tailored to your needs and context.

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework


This course provides you with an opportunity to achieve an MSc in Community Education within 12 months.

You will be able to choose from a range of core and optional modules to best meet your needs and interests. There will be plenty of opportunities to collaborate with students from related courses (MEd Leading Learning and Teaching and MSc Advanced Social Work Studies) so that you can learn from others and develop a broad and critical understanding of your chosen area of study.

The course is delivered by our enthusiastic and experienced team who are drawn from a range of disciplines and areas of expertise including community learning, leadership, social work, organisational culture and research methods. 

You will develop and apply research skills in order to produce your Masters level dissertation. This is a valuable opportunity to explore and examine issues and topics which are of the greatest interest to you. We will guide and support you at all points throughout.

Who should study this course?

The course is intended for those who already have, or do not require, a professional CLD qualification. If you are a postgraduate student wishing to develop a research profile, or to further your career in terms of practice or leadership, this course is ideal.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

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TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

How you will be taught

The courses are built on adult learning principles and you will be encouraged to make links with the experience, knowledge and skills that you bring to the course. Students are expected to be able to be self-directed in their learning whilst benefitting from the support and contributions of academic staff, professional partners and service users and carers.

The curriculum is delivered through a range of teaching and learning methods including:

  • Taught inputs from academic staff and practitioners
  • Problem solving and research tasks individually and in groups. This will involve collaborating with students from a range of disciplines.
  • Supervised research dissertation, with an option for a work-based project.
  • Tutor and peer support
  • Online materials – discussion boards, academic activities, core materials and signposts to literature.

How you will be assessed

  • Reflective and critical essays
  • Case studies and scenarios
  • Problem solving
  • Oral presentations
  • Dissertation

What you will study

Core Module: Critical Pedagogies (CO50012)

This module aims to enable students to conceptualise critical pedagogies in relation to the values, principles, philosophies and theories that underpin critical community practice. The module is designed to encourage students to apply critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis to key concepts, philosophies and principles of critical community practice. It is based on a blended learning model with a constructivist and inquiry based approach to teaching and scholarship. It is designed to encourage scholarship, and engaged critical thinkers who are able to undertake informal education methods in different settings.

Core Module: Research Methods for Professional Enquiry (PD50177)

(Credits: 30)

The purpose of this module is to introduce you to research methodology and methods. In the course of the module you will develop an appreciation of what is entailed in conducting research in a professional field. The module content will follow the stages of research, starting with the research problem/question through to the presentation of findings. This module is also intended to prepare you to progress on to a small scale enquiry and to begin to think about the academic research process and the task of developing and conducting a research study.

Core Module: Dissertation (PD50206)

(Credits: 60)

The culmination of a Masters programme is a substantial piece of work which will contribute to the development and enhancement of professional knowledge and practice for the writer and others across a range of professional fields. Students are expected to show that they can exercise independent critical judgement and that they have command of the necessary research processes required to carry forward and report a systematic investigation, either empirical or philosophical. They are also required to show that they can apply what they have learned through their studies to set up a project which will inform research or will explore an aspect of practice. A study of this professional standing and worth must be well planned and resourced, engage with research and public theories, be critically reflective and explore the assumptions that underpin practice.

Optional Modules

The optional modules available to students include the following:

Leadership, change and Organisational Development (PD50175)

(Credits: 30)

This module introduces participants to the concept of leadership and its role within strategic development, organisational learning and communities of practice. Participants will explore and critically appraise the significance of leadership, its relation to management and impact on organisational development. With reference to current literature and research, participants will examine theories of leadership and how leadership differs from management within organisations. It also asks participants to explore the key principles of vision and values, culture and climate. Participants will be asked to consider personal and professional values and the notion of a systems view in the context of guiding organisational change.

Collaborative Working (PD50214)

(Credits: 30)

Students will be able to critically analyse different approaches to collaborative working and the factors impacting on their effectiveness. They will also be able to evaluate collaborative inquiry methodologies. Students will have the opportunity to work with, and learn from, professional peers from a wide range of backgrounds across the Masters Framework. The module assessment will be tailored to student’s prior experiences and professional expertise.

Reflecting Upon Practice (PD50189)

(Credits: 30)

The module aims to provide participants with a framework to enable them to reflect critically on their professional development and their current practice, and as a result enable them to formulate an appropriate professional development action plan.

The module will introduce participants to a professional development model that involves: reflecting on their personal and professional development; engaging with the debates and professional enquiries that have led them to their professional thinking, philosophies and views; reflection upon their current approaches and learning and teaching practice; a self-evaluation of professional development needs and directions.

Innovation in Education (PD50192)

(Credits: 30)

This module will allow participants to investigate the development of education and curriculum and consider relevant theoretical models. This will include consideration of what constitutes innovation in education backed up with reference to relevant theory, research and policy. Students will engage in critical analysis of the political, socio-economic, cultural, historical and technological factors that drive and influence educational reform. During the module students will evaluate recent examples of educational innovation and critically evaluate the effectiveness or potential effectiveness of these drawing on theory, research and policy. Ultimately there will be a consideration of implications for the student's future practice in light of a deeper understanding of the subject of innovation within education.

Decision Making (SW50017)

(Credits: 30)

This module allows students to evidence their critical understanding of, and competence in, making and communicating decisions in complex situations within their practice. Students will draw on ethical, legal, research and risk-related knowledge and will evidence an integral commitment to social justice and an understanding of the potential for oppression within neo-liberal risk practices.

Caring within Integrated Services (SW50018)

This module provides students with a critical insight into health and social care integration. Students study the theoretical and policy context of the changing landscape of social care in Scotland along with international perspectives.

International Education (PD50194)

(Credits: 30)

This module provides practitioners the opportunity to develop their professional knowledge and understanding, skills and attributes in relation to International Education. It provides a critical understanding of principal theories and concepts associated with International Education. Students explore this field by studying key concepts such as citizenship, intercultural awareness, multicultural education, international and comparative education. The focus of the course enables practitioners to develop a school/work-based initiative related to International Education by providing an overview and reflecting on their own international, national and institutional policy and practice context.

This course will prepare you for your chosen career in community learning and development or related fields, and gives you flexibility and choice about how best to do this. The scope for applying advanced community learning and development knowledge is vast and will be relevant across culture and context.

You should have an Honours Degree of 2:2 or above.

 EU and International qualifications

English Language Requirement

IELTS Overall 6.5
Listening 5.5
Reading 5.5
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0

 Equivalent grades from other test providers


English Language Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.

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The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.

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Fee statusFees for students starting 2019-20
Scottish and EU students £7,300 per year of study
Rest of UK students £7,300 per year of study
International students (non-EU) £17,275 per year of study
Fee statusFees for students starting 2020-21
Scottish and EU students £7,650 per year of study
See our scholarships for UK/EU applicants
Rest of UK students £7,650 per year of study
See our scholarships for UK/EU applicants
International students (non-EU) £18,150 per year of study
See our scholarships for International applicants

Tuition fees for Overseas (non-EU) students will increase by no more than 5% per year for the length of your course.

Additional costs

You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year.

Examples of additional costs:

One off costOngoing costIncidental cost
Graduation feeStudio feeField trips

*these are examples only and are not exhaustive.

Additional costs:

  • may be mandatory or optional expenses
  • may be one off, ongoing or incidental charges and certain costs may be payable annually for each year of your programme of study
  • vary depending on your programme of study
  • are payable by you and are non-refundable and non-transferable

Unfortunately, failure to pay additional costs may result in limitations on your student experience.

For additional costs specific to your course please speak to our Enquiry Team.

You apply for this course through our Direct Application System, which is free of charge. You can find out more information about making your application when you click Apply Now below

  Degree Course code
Apply nowCommunity Education (Full Time) MScP060231

Course Contact

Dr Richard Ingram
Education and Social Work
+44 (0)1382 381471

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