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Adult Education, Community Development & Youth Work (MEd/PGDip)

This programme offers you the opportunity to study the theoretical and practical dimensions of adult, community and youth development. It will equip you with the skills and knowledge to work alongside people in communities to initiate sustainable social change.

Why this programme

  • You will discover ways in which you can help people realise their potential and work together for a fairer, healthier and happier world.
  • Upon successful completion of the PgDip, you will be awarded a professional qualification accredited by the Community Learning and Development Standards Council in Scotland.
  • This qualification will enable you to work in the field of community learning and development, including community development work, youth work, health, housing and social and economic regeneration.
  • You will have the opportunity to participate in a network of community development projects. Project leads contribute to the taught aspects of the programme and also provide you with placement opportunities.
  • Our students come from a wide range of professional, academic and cultural backgrounds and all bring with them a curiosity about how social justice can be developed by people working together for change.

Programme structure

You will take two core and two optional courses from a specialist pathway. There is a large practical element either in the form of a placement or as part of your current workplace. Throughout the programme there is emphasis on participative and experiential learning. For the MEd you will also undertake an in-depth supervised research project, on a related topic of your choosing.

Core courses

  • Practice and policy inquiry                                 
  • Theoretical frameworks for practice.

Optional courses may include

Adult education

  • Curriculum development in adult education
  • The psychology of adult learning.

Community development

  • Educational approaches to community learning and development
  • Empowerment and social change

Youth work

  • Perspectives in youth and young adulthood
  • Working with youth: Education and learning for change.

Programme alteration or discontinuation

The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.

Career prospects

You will have many employment opportunities open to you in the areas of community development work, youth work, health, housing and social and economic regeneration. With an accredited CLD Standards Council for Scotland qualification, you will have the opportunity to work for local authorities, the voluntary sector and further and higher education institutions.


Visit the Adult Education, Community Development & Youth Work (MEd/PGDip) page on the University of Glasgow website for more details!

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