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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 765
  • Foreign: $ 1.97k
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English

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    This distance-learning Masters programme responds to the increasing use of a Community Development approach for dealing with a wide range of social, economic and environmental issues worldwide. As an experienced Community Development practitioner, this programme will provide you with the advanced continuing education to progress into areas of greater responsibility within the sector.

    This is the only distance learning programme in Scotland which focuses on global approaches to Community Development.
    We collaborate with the International Association for Community Development (IACD) to deliver this programme. Aligning closely with their extensive global network of partners and practitioners ensures that course content remains relevant to the field.
    You will participate in global learning events that run in parallel with IACD conferences.
    You will have access to a network of highly experienced academics and practitioners working in Community Development.

    Programme overview

    MSc: 24 months part-time(distance learning)

    This programme is offered by distance learning. Each course will consist of a wide range of online tasks (both group and individual), as well as inputs from the teaching team and other practitioners and a comprehensive range of support materials.

    Career prospects

    Aimed at experienced Community Development practitioners, the programme will provide you with the attributes to undertake strategic and highly demanding roles within the sector. It will increase your ability to compete for posts in an international arena.

    Core courses

    * Advanced community development practice
    * Critical issues in community development
    * Global models of practice
    * Research methods
    * Social theories for advanced community development.

    In addition students will be able to choose from a range of course delivered by the Great Plains IDEA including

    * Community and regional planning
    * Community economic development organizations
    * Non-Profit Organizations focusing on community enhancement.

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


    You will require an undergraduate degree, not necessarily in a related field.You also need at least two years' experience in the sector: within Community Development, Non-Governmental Organisations, Community-Based Organisations or related areas.International students with academic qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of foundation courses.English language requirementsFor applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.Pre-sessional coursesThe University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the Language Centre Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:Language Centre, University of GlasgowBALEAP guide to accredited coursesVisa requirements and proof of English language levelIt is a visa requirement to provide information on your level of English based on an internationally recognised and secure English language test. All test reports must be no more than 2 years old. A list of these can be found on the UK Border Agency website. If you have never taken one of these tests before, you can get an initial idea of your level by using the Common European Framework self-assessment grid which gives you a level for each skill (e.g. listening B1/writing B2 etc.) However, please note that this is not a secure English language test and it is not sufficient evidence of your level of English for visa requirements.If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:UK Border Agency Tier 4 English Language requirementsUKBA list of approved English language tests English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 CAE score: (read more) Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever. 75 (Grade B) TOEFL iBT® test: 92 IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

    The main source of public funding for Scottish domiciled full-time postgraduate students applying to programmes other than Arts and Humanities is the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS). The Scottish Executive, through SAAS, funds the following areas of postgraduate study:

    * The Postgraduate Students Allowance Schem
    * The Professional Graduate Diploma of Education (PGDE),
    * PgDiploma Teaching Adults


    * This is the only distance learning programme in Scotland which focuses on global approaches to Community Development. This allows experienced practitioners to continue with their career whilst studying.
    * The programme provides a unique opportunity to reflect on their practice by using up to date theories in relationship with other practitioners throughout the world.
    * We aim to develop a global network of practitioners, enabling thinking and experience developed across the world to be shared and applied to global and local issues.
    * We have developed a partnership with the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance in the USA. This opens up the opportunity to study with colleagues from the USA. It also allows you to take some of the courses which the alliance delivers.

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