Moray House School of Education and Sport

Programme Structure

In Scotland, the term Community Learning and Development (CLD) is used to incorporate community-based adult learning, youth work, and community capacity building under a single professional rubric.

Video: Introduction to MA Learning in Communities
Programme Co-Director, Dr Gary Fraser, introduces the MA Learning in Communities, a new professionally-endorsed qualification which builds on the expertise of our former BA Community Education, enabling graduates to apply for a range of careers in community learning and development.

Known as the empowering profession, Community Learning and Development is an informal educational practice that seeks to serve people in communities.

Drawing on a range of educational concepts and approaches, practitioners work alongside individuals and groups to promote their engagement in life-long learning. Community Learning and Development practitioners work to build peoples' capacity in applying this approach to help think critically about their world, with a focus on bringing about change in their own lives, their communities, and in society.

Working in this way practitioners seek to help people learn about and build a vibrant democratic culture in their communities and wider society, and work towards social justice.

This programme will be of interest to those who want to develop their educational knowledge and skills in working alongside young people and adults in communities. It will also appeal to those who have a desire to help people and communities achieve their full potential, and have a commitment to facilitate individual and collective change and action for social justice.

This degree programme is tailored to the needs of those who want to enter this sector of education. It provides both a well-rounded and rigorous academic grounding in education and the social sciences, with appropriate professional preparation through work-based learning placements in the field of practice.

A developed base of theoretical understandings supports the practices of Community Learning and Development work, and in particular, the programme seeks to develop your understanding of the complex and dynamic relationship between theory, policy and practice.

Programme Structure

This programme is only offered as a full-time, campus-based degree. It is delivered mainly at the Moray House School of Education and Sport campus in Edinburgh. Although campus-based, the programme will include some elements of blended learning.

As standard, students will enter on the four year degree programme, graduating with an MA (Hons) degree. However, there is an option for students to exit at the end of year 3 with a BA (Ord) degree.

This flexible exit route is designed to enhance the student experience and to facilitate the needs of individual students and their particular career and academic aspirations.

Find details of the programme structure for each year of study on the University's Degree Finder page:

Programme Structure / Entry requirements

Course description (2021-22)