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Community Development and Urban Regeneration (MSc)

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  • Objectives
    Government agendas and bottom-up practices have both highlighted the importance of citizens’ participation and organisation in addressing local problems and improving local situations. This interdisciplinary MSc degree aims to enhance your theoretical and practical understanding of issues of community development, inequality, citizen participation and local governance. Designed to deepen your practical and critical skills, this programme combines theoretical debates and critical analysis with action research and work-based learning.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements Good first degree with two years’ experience of the sector. Other equivalent and relevant qualifications and appropriate professional training and experience (minimum two years) are also welcome.
  • Academic Title
    Community Development and Urban Regeneration (MSc)
  • Course description
    To gain the MSc, you will need to successfully complete modules totalling 180 credits. There are seven core (compulsory) modules (including a dissertation) and you can choose one option. Each module is worth 15 credits, except Research in Practice, which is worth 30 credits, and the dissertation, which is worth 60 credits.

    Core modules:

    -Community Development Theory
    -Local Participation and Involvement
    -Implementing Community Development
    -Local Governance
    -Equality and Diversity
    -Research in Practice
    -Dissertation.

    Option modules:

    -Mediation Skills for Localities
    -Arts Management and Urban Renewal
    -Urban Regeneration
    -Ethnicity, Hybridity, Cosmopolitanism
    -Culture, Community and Identity.

    You should complete modules to a total of 60 or 90 credits per year. If choosing to study 60 credits per year, the final 60-credit module (the dissertation) is undertaken during the second summer of study.

    Teaching
    Seminars, lectures, workshops and presentations.

    Assessment
    Coursework varies according to modules. It includes case studies, presentations, essays, project work, reports and examinations. Dissertation of 10,000–12,000 words.

    When to apply
    We suggest you apply as early as possible.
    You will need to complete an admissions exercise and attend an interview.
    Interviews from April onwards for entry in October 2008.

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