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Community Planning and Governance PgD/MSc

Course Description

The programme aims to facilitate the personal and intellectual development of students and to produce graduates with the knowledge and skills appropriate to manage change and the delivery of integrated service provision, and appreciate the dynamic forces that shape the relationship between people and place.

Key benefits

- Accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) for the purpose of fully meeting the educational requirements for Chartered Membership.

Visit the website: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/201617/community-planning-and-governance-12823

Course detail

- Description -

This is an innovative programme bringing together knowledge from the disciplines of spatial planning and governance, leadership and change management, and community development, to offer a programme designed for those wishing to develop specialist and transferable skills for implementing service delivery, shaping spatial change, successful collaborative working, and span sectoral and organisational boundaries.

The degree programme will enable successful students to engage with, understand and debate:
• Place-shaping
• Planning and Regeneration
• Change Management
• Collaborative Governance
• People and Place
• Service Delivery
• Leadership
• Performance Management
• Resilient Communities

- Course purpose -

Community Planning and Governance has been designed to provide insight into the evolving governance relationship between people and place, and to critically discuss models of integrated service delivery for enhancing social, economic and environmental well-being.

- Teaching and learning assessment -

A variety of learning and teaching methods are adopted across the modules on this course, to place emphasis on independent, reflective and experiential learning, which include, for example, interactive lectures, facilitated seminars, cafe symposium style workshops, problem-based learning scenarios, reflective discussions, project work, case study examples and self-directed learning.

Assessments include professional reports, individual and group presentations, academic essays, personal reflective logs, and an independent community planning research project (at MSc level).

Career options

Graduates from the PgDip/MSc in Community Planning and Governance will be able to: demonstrate knowledge and competencies of the contemporary – and changing – governance context that shapes the relationship between people and place; have skills to practice the appropriate methods for developing integrative models of service delivery that enhances social, economic and environmental well-being; demonstrate intellectual qualities, including high level cognitive skills, enabling them to analyse, synthesise and objectively evaluate complex issues, construct and defend a balanced argument, and identify problems and possible solutions in a changing service delivery and governance context.

How to apply: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/how-to-apply#pg

Why study at Ulster?

1. Over 92% of our graduates are in work or further study six months after graduation.
2. We are a top UK university for providing courses with a period of work placement.
3. Our teaching and the learning experience we deliver are rated at the highest level by the Quality Assurance Agency.
4. We are an international university with more than 2,000 international students from over 80 countries and Alumni from 121 countries.
5. More than 4,000 students from over 50 countries have successfully completed eLearning courses at Ulster University.

Flexible payment

To help spread the cost of your studies, tuition fees can be paid back in monthly instalments while you learn. If you study for a one-year, full-time master’s, you can pay your fees up-front, in one lump sum, or in either five* or ten* equal monthly payments. If you study for a master’s on a part-time basis (e.g. over three years), you can pay each year’s fees up-front or in five or ten equal monthly payments each year. This flexibility allows you to spread the payment of your fees over each academic year. Find out more by visiting http://www.ulster.ac.uk/learnyourway


A comprehensive range of financial scholarships, awards and prizes are available to undergraduate, postgraduate and research students. Scholarships recognise the many ways in which our students are outstanding in their subject. Individuals may be able to apply directly or may automatically be nominated for awards. Visit the website: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/fees-and-finance/scholarships

English Language Tuition

CELT offers courses and consultations in English language and study skills to Ulster University students of all subjects, levels and nationalities. Students and researchers for whom English is an additional language can access free CELT support throughout the academic year: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/international/english-language-support

Visit the Community Planning and Governance PgD/MSc page on the Ulster University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants should hold:(1) an Honours or non-Honours degree or(2) an equivalent standard in a Postgraduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate or an approved alternative qualification;and provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English (GCSE grade C or equivalent);or as an alternative, and in exceptional circumstances, where an individual has substantial and significant experiential learning, a portfolio of written evidence demonstrating the meeting of graduate qualities may be considered as an alternative entrance route. Evidence used to demonstrate graduate qualities may not be used for exemption against modules within the programme. English language entry requirements: View Website

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