Find a Degree Postgraduate Taught Programmes Community Learning and Development

Programme Details

This programme is available as a blend of on-campus, workplace-based and e-learning activities

PgDip 120 credits (1200 hours of part-time study (6 courses)
An additional 600 hours of part-time study (1 additional project) can lead to an MEd (CLD)(180 credits )

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The programme aims to provide a response to the continuing professional development needs of fully qualified professionals who wish to extend their roles, responsibilities and contribution. This capacity to make an extended contribution is especially important for mid-career professionals who face the need to re-construct current professional practice and knowledge to meet the challenge of ever-more rapid and significant change, and who work in situations where management is devolved or distributed and many are required to lead project-driven change aimed at the enhancement of practice.

The aims of the programme are to extend the skills, knowledge and understanding of the participants by:

  • increasing their capacity to meet the changing demands of professional practice by taking an evidence-based approach to personal and professional development;
  • developing their capacity to analyse critically evidence and arguments to support professional judgements in complex and ambiguous situations;
  • providing opportunities to frame professional enquiries into practice and so make an informed contribution to current professional debates and discussions;
  • providing them with opportunities to apply advanced knowledge and understanding of a range of theoretical perspectives and approaches to enhance personal professional practice;
  • developing their capacity to shape, lead and deliver change-solutions in a variety of practice settings;
  • exploiting opportunities to use research to generate professional knowledge and enhance understanding and practice. 

Contact Information

School of Education


The PG Dip CLD programme is comprised of five courses contributing to a total of 120 credit points at SCQF Level 11 (PG5)

Course 1: Enquiring Professionalism (30 credits SCQF Level 11)
Course 2: Planning in Partnership with Communities  (15 credits at SCQF Level 11)
Course 3: Ethical Relationships in Practice
 (15 credits at SCQF Level 11)
Course 4: Changing Practices in Community Work
(15 credits at SCQF Level 11)
Course 5: Enquiring into Practice in Community Settings
(30 credits at SCQF


Formative assessment is a feature of all courses. Formative and summative assessments are designed to arise naturally from the work. Assignments focus directly on workplace applications.

Applicants will be graduates or able to provide evidence that they can work at postgraduate level. They must have previous relevant experience and be able to undertake studies and related developments in their workplace setting or other appropriate agency.

The English Language Requirement for all College of Arts and Social Sciences Masters programmes is an IELTS of 6.5 with 6.0 in the writing and reading (or equivalent TOEFL iBT or PTE).  For more information see  


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