Advanced Community Development MSc (from 2013/14 onwards)


This completely distance learning programme responds to the increasing use of a Community Development approach to dealing with a wide range of social, economic and environmental issues worldwide and the resultant requirement for high level education for experienced practitioners in these fields. It focuses on global approaches to Community Development utilising an extensive network of international relationships.

It has been developed in consultation and collaboration with the International Association for Community Development (IACD) of which core staff are Board members. Embedding the program within their extensive global networks will ensure that the program remains relevant to the field and that a high-level of experienced practitioners are identified and recruited onto the programme. This provides an on-going context for their support and development and a unique opportunity for students to participate in global learning events that run in parallel with the IACD conferences. This will enhance the students' understanding of the global context of Community Development through receiving input from seniormembers of the IACD. In addition, it will enhance their ability to develop their career, to move into areas of greater responsibility and more strategically focused employment, and will increase their ability to compete for posts in an international arena.

Who is the programme for?

This programme has been developed for experienced Community Development practitioners working in NGOs, Community-based Organisations, National and Local Government and related fields throughout the world who want to develop their thinking and practice in the light of global models and contemporary theories of Community Development.

What will you get from this programme?

This programme will enable experienced practitioners to build on and develop their analytical tools and conceptual frameworks in order to understand the various contexts and changing environments where social action takes place. All of this takes place in the context of dialogue and sharing of practice with fellow workers from across the world within a sophisticated interactive electronic platform. It encourages critical reflection on Community Development practice from a wide range of theoretical perspectives and international contexts.

It also enables students to apply rigorous research methodologies to the study and practice of Community Development

In addition, it will enhance their ability to develop their career and to move into areas of greater responsibility and more strategically focused and will increase their ability to compete for posts in an international arena.

Programme Structure

For the MSc Advanced Community Development, students take the following courses:

  • Critical Issues in Community Development
  • Global Models of Practice in Community Organising
  • Introduction to Educational & Social Research
  • Social Theories in Community Development
  • Advanced Community Development Practice
  • Dissertation

Please note at time of publication this programme was subject to approval.

Further information: Ms Abi Beer

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for postgraduate taught programmes are a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification (for example, GPA 3.0 or above) in a relevant subject.

English language

If your first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. See English Language Requirements.

Further information regarding entry requirements:

How to Apply

We ask that you apply online for a postgraduate taught degree. Our system allows you to fill out the standard application form online and submit this to the University within 42 days of starting your application.

You need to read the guide to applying online before starting your application. It will ensure you are ready to proceed, as well as answer many common questions about the process. 

Guide to applying online

Do I have to apply online for a postgraduate taught degree?

Yes. To apply for a postgraduate taught degree you must apply online. We are unable to accept your application by any other means than online.

Do I need to complete and submit the application in a single session?

No. You have 42 days to submit your application once you begin the process. You may save and return to your application as many times as you wish to update information, complete sections or upload additional documents such as your final transcript or your language test.

What essential documentation should I have available before I start my application?

As well as completing your online application fully, it is essential that you submit the following documents:

  • A copy (or copies) of your official degree certificate(s)
  • A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained
  • Official English translations of the certificate(s) and transcript(s)
  • Two supporting reference letters on headed paper
  • Evidence of your English Language ability (if your first language is not English)
  • Any additional documents required for this programme (see Entry requirements for this programme)
  • A copy of the photo page of your passport (Non-EU students only)

Do my supporting documents need to be submitted online?

Yes, where possible, please upload the supporting documents with your application.

What if I am unable to submit all of my supporting documents online?

If you cannot upload an electronic copy of a document and need to send it in by post, please attach a cover sheet to it that includes your name, the programme you are applying for, and your application reference number.

You may send them to:

International and Postgraduate Admissions
Fraser Building - Student Services
University of Glasgow - 65 Hillhead Street
G12 8QQ
Fax: +44 141 330 4045

Can I email my supporting documents?

No. We cannot accept email submissions of your supporting documents.

What should I do if am having problems using the online application system?

If you are having issues, please email

What entry requirements should I have met before applying? Where can I find them?

You should check that you have met (or are likely to have met prior to the start of the programme) the individual entry requirements for the degree programme you are applying for. This information can be found on the ‘entry requirements’ tab on each individual programme page, such as the one you are viewing now.

What English Language requirements should I have met before applying? Where can I find them?

If you are an international student, you should also check that you have met the English Language requirements specific to the programme you are applying for. These can also be found on the ‘entry requirements’ tab for each specific programme.

Guidance notes for using the online application

These notes are intended to help you complete the online application form accurately, they are also available within the help section of the online application form. You can also download a PDF with detailed guidance information for the online application system:
Applicants' Guide to Online Application

  • Name and Date of birth: must appear exactly as they do on your passport. Please take time to check the spelling and lay-out.
  • Contact Details: Correspondence address. All contact relevant to your application will be sent to this address including the offer letter(s). If your address changes, please contact us as soon as possible.
  • Choice of course: Please select carefully the course you want to study. As your application will be sent to the admissions committee for each course you select it is important to consider at this stage why you are interested in the course and that it is reflected in your application.
  • Proposed date of entry: Please state your preferred start date including the month and the year. Taught masters degrees tend to begin in September. Research degrees may start in any month.
  • Education and Qualifications: Please complete this section as fully as possible indicating any relevant Higher Education qualifications starting with the most recent. Complete the name of the Institution (s) as it appears on the degree certificate or transcript.
  • English Language Proficiency: Please state the date of any English language test taken (or to be taken) and the award date (or expected award date if known).
  • Employment and Experience: Please complete this section as fully as possible with all employments relevant to your course. Additional details may be attached in your personal statement/proposal where appropriate.
  • References: Please provide the names and contact details of two academic references. Where applicable one of these references may be from your current employer. References should be completed on letter headed paper and uploaded on to your application.

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