The programme is suitable for professionals who wish to practice at the cutting edge of their profession.

It will interest those working in youth work, adult learning, community arts and community development from a wide range of backgrounds including community education, housing, planning, social work and other community linked professions.

This programme is studied by blended learning - a mixture of on campus and online.

This programme offers a work-based route to a professional qualification in Community Learning and Development (CLD), approved by the CLD Standards Council for Scotland. Participants will study at the same time as being employed or working on a voluntary basis.

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Key Programme Information

At a Glance

Learning Mode
Blended Learning
Degree Qualification
PgDip or MEd
18 months or 36 months
Study Mode
Part Time
Start Month

What You'll Study

The information below applies to the 1 year, 6 months part time blended learning PgDip programme which runs in January. You will find information about other ways to study this programme in the next section on this page.

Degree Structure

Compulsory Courses

Participants will make a choice from the portfolio of Masters courses available in the School of Education.

Changing Practices in Community Work (ED552T) - Credits: 30

This course explores the changing discourses linked to community work in different settings and their impact on the design and management of current community projects. It will also provide an opportunity to explicitly engage with current issues in the field of practice with an appreciation of their historical, social and political contexts.

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Enquiring Professionalism (ED552U) - Credits: 30

Enquiring Professionalism is the first course of the PG Dip CLD. It addresses the processes of both the programme and the broader professional role. It introduces participants to the programme demands such as critically reflective practice and professional enquiry; all capacities which are important to the continuing professional development of the professional. The course runs in parallel to the three practice- faced courses providing a steady anchor to these courses and allowing the academic and practical components of the programme to integrate with each other. The course prepares participants for the final stage of the programme, the action enquiry project.

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Ethical Relationships in Practice (ED552X) - Credits: 15

This course seeks to assist individuals to enhance their capabilities in working in and through relationship and to found these on the community education value base and code of ethics and a critical appreciation of power relations. Power will be explored in a variety of creative ways – through drama, dance, image etc.

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Enquiring Into Practice in Community Settings (ED502V) - Credits: 30

This course provides an opportunity for participants to follow an interest of their own and explore an area of specialism. Individuals are supported to identify a challenge in their own professional practice and to use action research processes to understand it better. Participants will develop their own practice though practitioner enquiry and will contribute to the knowledge base of the field of practice.

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Optional Courses

Participants must select courses contributing to a total of 180 credit points at SCQF Level 11 (PG5). All courses should be relevant to a CLD practice setting. At least 30 credit points must be drawn from the following CLD courses:

Course Availability

We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to timetabling and other constraints. Please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

How You'll Study

Learning Methods

  • Individual Projects
  • Research

Assessment Methods

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.

Why Study Community Learning and Development?

  • This programme is ideal if you want to improve your responsibilies, extend your role and improve your contribution
  • You increase your capacity to meet changing demands of professional practice

Entry Requirements

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.


Applicants for admission will normally be expected to hold a relevant Honours degree with a 2:2 or above from a recognised university or body. In exceptional circumstances applicants without this qualification may be admitted at the discretion of the Programme Director subject to having an alternative qualification, or an approved level of experience, appropriate to the field of study.

English Language Requirements

All students entering the University must provide evidence that they can use English well enough to study effectively at the University of Aberdeen.

Details of our English language entry requirements can be found on our English Language Requirements webpages. This programme requires that you meet the College of Arts and Social Sciences Postgraduate Standard level of English proficiency.

If you have not achieved the required scores, the University of Aberdeen offers pre-sessional English courses. Further details are available on our Language Centre website.

Nationals of some English-speaking countries or those who hold degrees from some English-speaking countries may be exempted from this requirement. Details of countries recognised as English-speaking can be found on our English Language Requirements webpages.

Document Requirements

You will be required to supply the following documentation with your application as proof you meet the entry requirements of this degree programme.

Degree Certificate
a degree certificate showing your qualifications
Degree Transcript
a full transcript showing all the subjects you studied and the marks you have achieved in your degree(s) (original & official English translation)
Personal Statement
a detailed personal statement explaining your motivation for this particular programme
a reference letter from your university discussing your academic ability. If you have been out of education for a long time you may wish to use your current or most recent employer, or another professional person

Fees and Funding

You will be classified as one of the fee categories below.

Tuition fee rates can be found on our InfoHub Tuition Fees page.

Fee information
Fee category Cost
Home / EU / RUK Students £305
Modular fee programmes - Tuition Fee for 2017/18 Academic Year Charged on a modular basis per 15 credits
International Students £880
Modular fee programmes - Tuition Fee for 2017/18 Academic Year Charged on a modular basis per 15 credits

Additional Fees

  • In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses, for example field trips. Any additional fees for a course can be found in our Catalogue of Courses.
  • For more information about tuition fees for this programme, including payment plans and our refund policy, please visit our InfoHub Tuition Fees page.

Our Funding Database

View all funding options in our Funding Database.


There are many opportunities at the University of Aberdeen to develop your knowledge, gain experience and build a competitive set of skills to enhance your employability. This is essential for your future career success. The Careers Service can help you to plan your career and support your choices throughout your time with us, from first to final year – and beyond.

Industry Links

A partnership between the University of Aberdeen and CLD Managers, the programme blends the expertise of highly experienced practitioners with the academic expertise from within the university to ensure it is practice focussed, relevant and up-to-date. Collaboration with the Creative Learning Team, Aberdeen City, and the involvement of a variety of artists sustains the emphasis on creativity throughout the learning experience.

Our Experts

Information About Staff Changes

You will be taught by a range of experts including professors, lecturers, teaching fellows and postgraduate tutors. Staff changes will occur from time to time; please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

Get in Touch

Contact Details

School of Education
University of Aberdeen
MacRobert Building
King's College
AB24 5UA