This course focuses on designing and delivering inclusive engagement opportunities to empower communities.


This course explores ways of designing and facilitating inclusive engagement approaches, whilst helping participants understand how ideas of civic and civil engagement are politically located and socially constructed in institutional and administrative environments. It presents theoretical and practical frameworks for understanding and implementing engagement for different planning enterprises.

This course can be taken individually or combined over a period of time towards a Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Development https://www.ulster.ac.uk/courses/201819/postgraduate-certificate-of-professional-development-16046

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About this course

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Citizens and stakeholders are 'engaged' when they play a meaningful role in the deliberations, discussions, decision-making and/or implementation of plans affecting them. Accordingly, organisational and government officers need to broaden the way they engage with a wide range of communities, in the broadest sense of the word. This course is based on the need for participants to have a sound theoretical and applied understanding of the policy and legislative contexts underpinning community engagement. Designing and delivering inclusive engagement opportunities can be challenging, but very rewarding for enriching plans and empowering communities. The intention of the course is to introduce participants to different techniques for creating inclusive engagement methods.

The course will provide participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to:

  • Understand the different ways to conceptualise and define the term 'community'.
  • Discuss how inclusive engagement approaches can lead to better and more responsive services and help build social capital.
  • Appreciate the wider policy context and legislative requirements informing contemporary community engagement practices.
  • Identify and select appropriate engagement tools/methods for collecting evidence and for empowering communities.
  • Articulate appropriate principles and standards for community engagement.

Linked programmes

PgDip/MSc Community Planning and Governance, MSci (Hons) Planning, Regeneration and Development, PgCertPD Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Development


100% Coursework - design an inclusive engagement strategy (3500 words).


This course requires attendance on Mondays 2.15pm - 5pm during the 12 week semester (September to December) starting 24 September 2018.

Entry requirements

Any undergraduate degree.

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must meet the minimum English entrance requirements of the University and will need to provide recent evidence of this (certified within the last two years).

Most of our courses require a minimum English level of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score under 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement.

Please see details of the English language qualifications and certificates we can accept - https://www.ulster.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/177404/Other-english-language-tests-and-qualifications-2017.pdf

International applicants will also require a short-term study visa. Further information is available at https://www.ulster.ac.uk/international/visa-immigration

Start dates

  • 24 September 2018
How to apply


How to apply

The following page explains the postgraduate short course application procedure:

https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/how-to-apply/short-courses (choose postgraduate short courses)

Start dates

  • 24 September 2018

Fees and funding

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Northern Ireland & EU:
England, Scotland & Wales:

Fees information

Information about how to pay for a course including different payment options is available at


Scholarships, awards and prizes

Fee waivers may be available to those who meet the eligibility criteria. More information is available from FlexEd@ulster.ac.uk