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Community Leadership MA/PGDip

Community Leadership MA/PGDip

School of Social Work, Care and Community

Level

Post- graduate

Mode

Taught

Campus

Burnley

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Course Enquiries
University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, UK.

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400
Email: cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk

  • Duration:

    Part-time: Two-three years.

  • Level:

    Postgraduate

  • Mode:

    Taught

  • Delivery:

    Mixed Mode, Part-time

  • Campus:

    Burnley

  • Start Date:

    September

  • Award Type:

    MA/PGDip

Why study this programme?

The MA in Community Leadership is a unique course developed and inspired by individuals who work within communities as activists and change makers. The course is based upon the concept of a learning community, whereby learners come together to share experiences and best practice. It works on the belief that within the context of community leadership, individuals learn best from a peer led programme.

The course is grounded in the educational philosophy of Paulo Freire, and uses action reflection praxis as a basis for learning, allowing students to take new theoretical concepts and critically challenge them within their own communities. It also utilises and explores the management concepts of the community educator Mary Parker Follett (1868 to 1933); a woman recognised as ahead of her time in management science and whose ideas are hugely pertinent to the community sector today. The staff engaged in the delivery of the programme are all practitioners and internationally recognised in their fields. Their role is to share their knowledge on a peer to peer basis and support learners in developing new and innovative solutions to current issues.

Entry Requirements

A first degree in a related subject.

IELTS: 6.5 or equivalent.

Programme at a Glance

Year 1

The modules include:

  • Understanding Equality and Community Practice
  • Leadership: Theory, Practice and Reflection
  • Community and Practice-Based Research
  • Community Research project
  • Global Project Development
  • Interfaith Dialogue and Contemporary Society
  • Gender and Community Leadership
  • Community Resilience
  • Professional Writing and Communication

Most modules are delivered at the Burnley UCLan campus or through blended web based learning. The Burnley UCLan campus is a brand new development with excellent, ‘state of the art’, teaching facilities. Course material is presented in a series of lectures, discussions, guided group activities, case studies and individual study elements supported by paper based and online course materials. It is taught by staff who are internationally recognised within their field. Moreover, the Freire Institute is based within the centre for volunteering and Community Leadership at the Burnley Campus, and provides students with ample opportunities for extracurricular Freire based learning and activities, including on line training programmes.

Postgraduate Advice Event

The next UCLan Postgraduate Advice Event will be on Thursday 10th November 2016.
For details and registration for this event please visit our Eventbrite page.
Please contact Course Enquiries with any queries regarding postgraduate study and research.

Further Information

The MA in Community Leadership is a unique course developed and inspired by individuals who work within communities as activists and change makers. The course is based upon the concept of a learning community, whereby learners come together to share experiences and best practice. It works on the belief that within the context of community leadership, individuals learn best from a peer led programme.

The course can be taken at either MA, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate level. Students who successfully complete three taught modules are eligible for the award of PG Certificate. 

The course focuses on core themes relating to politics and governance, faith, gender, global society, and community resilience. In addition to the MA, students will also be eligible for an optional exit award in Strategic Leadership at Level 7 from the Institute of Leadership and Management. Through the Interfaith Dialogue route, he course offers an annual field visit to an international destination, usually Cordoba in Spain, but this varies according to availability. Further international visits and collaborations are available at the discretion of the course tutor and subject to numbers.

Further information can be obtained from:

Ridwanah Gurjee (Course Leader)
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership
Livesey House, Room 213
University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE

Telephone: +44 (0)1772 893669
Email: rgurjee@uclan.ac.uk

How to Apply

You can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).

Course Specification and Handbook

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

Applications

Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

Email: cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk

Fees 2017/18

Full-time: £6,300 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,050 per 20 credits for first 120 credits studied (UK/EU)

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

New UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme

The UK Government has confirmed that a new postgraduate loan scheme will be introduced for students commencing a Full Masters Postgraduate programmes from 2016/17 academic year.

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Industry Links

An academic qualification in community leadership provides an excellent and recognised foundation for a career in the field. The course is designed to prepare the student for senior positions of community leadership within the third sector, the public sector, governance and politics, and also to play a leading role on the international stage. The course provides excellent opportunities for international, national, regional, and local networking and the development of personal social capital which will serve to effectively enhance employability prospects.

Strategic Leadership Award at Level 7 from the Institute of Leadership and Management. This may incur an extra charge.

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Learning Environment and Assessment

The course is available part time and includes a flexible teaching pattern. Some modules are taught in short intensive blocks of five days. Other modules adopt a blended teaching approach where lectures are delivered once per month.

This makes it possible for students that are working or live at a distance to be able to take individual modules without regular weekly attendance at the University. However, the ethos of a strong peer learning community is central to all modes of learning, regardless of being either classroom or web based.

A range of assessment methods will be used during your course. Your skills, knowledge and understanding will be formally and informally assessed through written assignments, oral presentations and through practical tasks. The requirements and the marking criteria for all course assessments are clearly set out for you in this handbook and module handbooks. Tutors may provide additional supportive material to you.

Opportunities will also be provided throughout the course for informal, formative assessment of your skills, knowledge and understanding. You will be invited to present seminar papers, contribute to class and online discussions, apply your learning informally in the workplace and take part in tutorials.

Testimonials

Adam graduated in July 2012 and has recently secured a permanent job at Stockport Council as a Corporate Consultation Officer. He comments that “the offer of a permanent contract and a healthy salary was too good to turn down. The role involves supporting the decision-making process at the council with robust evidence and recommendations. I can’t wait to get started!”

Adam was also awarded the SoESS Dissertation Prize 2012 for his research on the Big Society.

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