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Important notice – campus change This course will move to the Belfast campus in September 2019.  Students will change campus part way through this course. Find out more

Transformng communities at grassroots level.


Study Community Development at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

The degree is designed to develop understanding and knowledge of the links between poverty, social exclusion, alienation and resilience in local, national and international contexts. It explores relationships between community development approaches, social economy principles and problem solving activities of social entrepreneurship. It does all of this within the context of the equality and human rights provisions of the Northern Ireland Act (1998). Students have the opportunity to investigate links between community development and community education in the restoration of communal-esteem and the promotion of social cohesion and positive inter and intra community relations. Concepts are introduced to assist students in the understanding and analysis of developmental and educational processes and practices. In all of this formal and informal connections between community development organisations, funding, policy making, and how these shape everyday experiences are scrutinised. These approaches underpin the principles and values of the field’s National Occupational Standards.

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About this course

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The course introduces students to a range of skills and to a core body of knowledge and debate. A key focus on community development in the context of local and international conflict resolution and community regeneration permeates the programme. Modules draw on experience and scholarship from elsewhere in Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales, and Europe as well as developments in other urban, post-conflict societies. Throughout, the focus is on the relationships between analysis, process, practicalities and competence. Students have the opportunity to put knowledge and experience into practice through engagement in critical reflective practice. The team’s extensive experience of adult student learning indicates that many have extensive, local problem-solving and project management experience.


Attendance is part-time. This translates as one day per week.

Start dates

  • September 2016
How to apply

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

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A level


English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Exemptions and transferability

At the discretion of the Course Committee, if you have substantial experience in working in or with the community or voluntary sectors, you may apply for exemption from all, or part, of Level 4. Candidates who successfully complete Level 4 APEL (Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning) and submit a satisfactory portfolio and/or sucessful by interview, may be considered for entry directly to Level 4.

Careers & opportunities

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Career options

The professional endorsement of this course with both ESB and AIEB gives due recognition to the much sought after high standard of graduate skills and professionalism by emoplyers. The expanding market for career opportunities is visible in the current climate of changes to the Northern Ireland community infrastructure, particularly thorugh the Review of Pubic Administration (RPA). Professionally qualified Community Workers satisfy the employment requirements of a diverse range of public service agencies.

The course team encourages further study, and we have one successful graduate at present studying as a full-time Ph.D student focusing on a Community Development study. Another graduate has been sucessful in hs application to continue his studies with a focus on communty at Ph.D level.

Work placement / study abroad

There are opportunities for placements abroad in Year 2, Semester Two.


How to apply

Start dates

  • September 2016

Fees and funding

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Fees (total cost)

Important notice - fees information Please note fees displayed are for 2017/18 Academic Entry. Fees are correct at the time of publishing. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.

Northern Ireland & EU:

Additional mandatory costs

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel and normal living are a part of university life. 

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them in the online prospectus. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.

We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.

There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course. 

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees. 

Please contact the course team for more information.


Course Director: Dr Isobel Hawthorne-Steele

T: +44 (0) 28 9036 8546