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Community Education (MSc/PgDip)

  • Full time available
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  • September
  • MSc 1 yr full-time or 24-36 months part-time; PgDip 9 months full-time or 2 yrs part-time
  • MSc

Course Description

Programme description

This programme is designed as a postgraduate gateway to careers in youth work, adult education and community development.

You’ll work through the theoretical frameworks that underpin this area of educational practice, and learn to deal with complex ethical and professional issues.

Your learning experience includes a professional placement, which will give you the chance to apply your knowledge and methodologies, as well as the opportunity to forge vital links within the community education field.

On graduation, you’ll be considered to have met the standards required in Scotland for professional practice as a community educator.

Programme structure

Your learning will encompass teacher-led and student-led activity and will take the form of both individual and group work and a professional placement in community education.

Completion of the taught programme can lead to the award of Postgraduate Diploma in Community Education, which is the accredited professional qualification for practice in Scotland, the UK and beyond.

Students wishing to progress to the MSc go on to complete a dissertation.

Compulsory courses:

Groupwork in Context
Professional Practice (includes nine week placement)
Politics, Policy and Professional Identity in Community Education
Community Education: History, Ideology and Practice

You will also choose two option courses: one focusing on youth work, adult education or community work, and one other, which may be chosen from the selection offered across the University.

Career opportunities

This programme can open up a diverse range of career opportunities in this fast expanding field of educational practice. You will be able to demonstrate to potential employers that you have certified skills and experience in community education, and so gain an advantage in seeking roles in the field.

You may also decide to undertake further research, and perhaps move into an academic career. You will develop a range of highly transferable skills, such as research, communication and project management, which can be applied to roles in any field.

Visit the Community Education (MSc/PgDip) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a relevant discipline, plus evidence of a community education background. Alternatively, you may be considered on the basis of employment or relevant educational experience. All successful applicants will be required to join Disclosure Scotland’s Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme before starting the placement. In addition, all applicants who don’t live in the UK, or who have spent more than a year abroad, will need to provide equivalent verification from the relevant national authority.

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