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Learning in Communities (MA Hons) MA (Hons)

University of Edinburgh

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  • Qualification

    Master of Arts (with Honours) - MA (Hons)

  • Location

    Central area campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    4 Years

Course summary

Moray House has been making a major contribution to the field of education for almost 200 years. Professional pre-service teacher education programmes in the field of Community Learning and Development (CLD) have been a part of the Moray House portfolio since 1961. This new programme inherits and builds on this extensive expertise. The programme produces graduates who are professionally competent, ethically informed, critical and reflective Community Learning and Development (CLD) practitioners. In Scotland, the term Community Learning and Development (CLD) is used to incorporate community-based adult learning, youth work, and community capacity building under a single professional rubric. Known as the empowering profession, CLD is an informal educational practice that seeks to serve people in communities. Drawing on a range of educational concepts and approaches, practitioners work alongside individuals and groups to promote their engagement in life-long learning. CLD practitioners work to build peoples' capacity in applying this approach to help think critically about their world, with a focus on bringing about change in their own lives, their communities, and in society. Working in this way CLD practitioners seek to help people learn about, and build, a vibrant democratic culture in their communities and wider society, and work towards social justice. This programme will be of interest to those who want to develop their educational knowledge and skills in working alongside young people and adults in communities. It will also appeal to those who have a desire to help people and communities achieve their full potential, and have a commitment to facilitate individual and collective change and action for social justice. This degree programme is tailored to the needs of those who want to enter this sector of education. It provides both a well-rounded and rigorous academic grounding in education and the social sciences, with appropriate professional preparation through work based learning placements in the field of practice. A developed base of theoretical understandings supports the practices of CLD work, and in particular the programme seeks to develop your understanding of the complex and dynamic relationship between theory, policy and practice. The programme’s aims are achieved through four distinct learning strands focused on: - Informal and non-formal educational methods and approaches - Theoretical ideas and conceptual frameworks - Research capacity - Professional practice placement experiences As a professionally approved programme, informed by research and the developing contexts of practice, graduates of this programme will be well prepared to enter employment. You will be equipped with educational knowledge and skills to work alongside people in communities. As a result, graduates will be able to apply for a broad range of education and development jobs in a wide variety of contexts in the public, voluntary and third sectors.

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

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£ 22,000per year

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University information

University of Edinburgh

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  • Campus address

    University of Edinburgh, Student Recruitment and Admissions, 33 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh, Edinburgh, City Of, EH8 9JS, Scotland

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    3rd out of 81 1

    1st out of 83

  • Entry standards

    / Max 201
    187 94%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    99 99%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.00 80%


  • Entry standards

    / Max 177
    174 100%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    82 82%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.16 83%



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