• For Entry: September
  • Duration: 36 months
  • School: Education & Social Work
  • Study Mode: Part Time+Distance Learning

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

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

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.

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.

Who should study this course?

Applicants for the qualifying CLD course require a relevant first degree and current professional practice in a public and voluntary CLD context. This new award offers graduates from a range of disciplines such as education, social work, housing, planning, the arts, health, politics or law an opportunity to undertake a postgraduate qualification in Community Learning and Development.

Practitioners with an existing CLD qualification can choose to study the optional modules through a continuing professional development route. The course is also suitable for returning students who have a PG Diploma in CE/CLD, who wish to complete the Masters dissertation.

This course has helped me to develop my research skills and new ways of working in partnership to develop research projects.  I also feel that I have increased my ability to critically appraise reports, policy and supporting evidence.

Previous Student
MSC Community learning and development

I feel that this course has massively met my expectations for professional development and enhanced my skills.

Previous Student
MSC Community learning and development

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 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.

The MSc CLD is characterised by progression through Certificate, Diploma to Masters with exit points at each level.

These awards aim to build on professionals' initial training and professionalism which has developed throughout their work experience. Because of the considerable distance learning element in the course, significant individual support is offered through:

  • On-line tutorials and workshops
  • Study guides
  • Telephone tutorials
  • Face to face tutorials
  • E-mail
  • Written feedback (electronic)
  • Virtual learning environments

How you will be assessed

Formative assessment and feedback are a feature of all modules. Formative and summative assessments are designed to arise naturally from study and work. Assessments may be in a range of styles including written assignments, portfolios, presentations all designed to best evidence the learning of any given module.

What you will study

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.

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

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.

 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.

 Discover our English Language Programmes

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.

 Find out more about fee status

Fee statusFees for students starting 2019-20
Scottish and EU students £2,300 per year of study (60 credits studied each year)
Rest of UK students £2,300 per year of study (60 credits studied each year)
International students (non-EU) £5,900 per year of study (60 credits studied each year)
Fee statusFees for students starting 2020-21
Scottish and EU students £2,415 per year of study (60 credits studied each year)
Rest of UK students £2,415 per year of study (60 credits studied each year)
International students (non-EU) £6,195 per year of study (60 credits studied each year)

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 via the UCAS Postgraduate website which is free of charge. You can check the progress of your application online and you can also make multiple applications.

You'll need to upload relevant documents as part of your application. Please read the how to apply page before you apply to find out about what you'll need.

  Degree Course code
Apply nowCommunity Learning and Development (CLD Standards Council accredited) MScP060378
Apply nowCommunity Learning and Development (CPD) MScP060379

Course Contact

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Education and Social Work
+44 (0)1382 381122

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