Moray House School of Education

Community Engagement: Co-constructing Knowledge with Communities

This is an online professional learning course, running for ten weeks from April to June 2018.

As both government and non-government organisations (NGOs) across the globe seek new ways to engage communities in ongoing dialogue concerning service policy, provision and development this new online course on Community Engagement from the University of Edinburgh seeks to:

  • Understand what is meant by community engagement
  • Uncover what lies behind this policy trend
  • Reveal the importance of engaging communities on their terms
  • Consider ways of researching the priorities of communities
  • Explore the importance of open forms of communication
  • Examine ways of offering expertise in non-authoritarian terms
  • Help students, practitioners and their organisations develop strategies and policies for community engagement

Who is this course for?

This course will be of interest to you if:

  • You have responsibility for community engagement
  • You want to build a community network
  • You want to design services to make sure they are relevant
  • You need to gather views from people who use your services
  • You want to enable students to engage in real world community based learning
  • You want to facilitate Community University partnerships

Course delivery

The course will be delivered over the course of ten weeks from Tuesday 17 April 2018 to Tuesday 19 June 2018. The final assessment will be due on 29 June 2018.

The online teaching will offer students the opportunity to access recorded lecture inputs and other online materials and University library materials via visiting student membership status, and to engage in online discussion forums. There will be synchronous online sessions held on Tuesdays at 7pm GMT.

You will become part of an online community which offers structured academic support to engage in and critically reflect on real world community engagement activities.

Participants who have engaged actively with the online course will receive a certificate of completion which can be used to evidence professional learning or could be used for accreditation of prior learning (APL) should they wish to complete a full Masters-level qualification subsequently at the University of Edinburgh.

Course tutors

The course will be coordinated and taught by Dr Margaret Petrie and Vernon Galloway who each have more than twenty years experience of implementing community engagement theory and practice.

Course Fee

The cost of the course is £700. There is a 20% discount offered to University of Edinburgh employees.

Language requirements

Students whose first language is not English must show evidence of their English language competence.

Application form

To apply for this online course, please complete the online booking form below:

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Comments from previous participants

I absolutely loved the course and I will definitely use what I've learned going forward in my career. I particularly enjoyed the on line format, and found it to be  so flexible. The input from so many varied professionals from all over the world was invaluable, and has really made me think about different approaches.

Previous course participant

I am incredibly happy with the decision to participate in this course and I feel like the facilitators/professors had a sincere investment in the course as well as  the students. I felt like I gained more than just academic knowledge, and I am certain that I will be able to directly apply the lessons towards the present and  future communities that I serve.

Previous course participant

I very much enjoyed this course and will absolutely use what I've learned in my own program.

Previous course participant


Course credit

This course is delivered at Masters level (SCQF level 11) and can be completed as a Career Long Professional Learning course. Successful completion of the assignments on this course will represent 20 credits of a Masters level course and could be used as Recognition of Prior Learning should a participant want to proceed to a Masters level Degree.

Masters pathway

This course is an accredited course on the revised Masters in Community Education now called Masters in Education: Learning in Communities.

More Information

For more information please contact the course tutors:

Margaret Petrie: 0131 651 4788

Vernon Galloway: 01312 651 6640