Ulster University

Ulster University

Community Planning and Governance

Community Planning and Governance has been designed to provide insight into the evolving governance relationship between people and place, and to critically discuss models of integrated service delivery for enhancing social, economic and environmental well-being. The programme is centred on two key contemporary debates. First, it focuses on the drive to encourage active citizenship that supports inclusive engagement processes to co-design and deliver quality local services and manage spatial change. Second, it explores the concepts that encompass the continuing modernisation of local governance and the integrative relationship between processes of place-shaping (spatial planning) and co-designing service delivery (community planning). It is an innovative programme bringing together knowledge from the disciplines of spatial planning and governance, leadership and change management, and community development, to offer a programme designed for those wishing to develop specialist and transferable skills for implementing service delivery, shaping spatial change, successful collaborative working, and span sectoral and organisational boundaries.

Entry requirements

Applicants to the linked PgDip/MSc (full-time) programme should hold: an Honours or non-Honours degree from a University; an equivalent standard in a Postgraduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate or an approved alternative qualification; provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English (GCSE grade C or equivalent); or as an alternative, and in exceptional circumstances, where an individual has substantial and significant experiential learning, a portfolio of written evidence demonstrating the meeting of graduate qualities may be considered as an alternative entrance route.

Assessment methods

Formative assessment is a core element of teaching and learning, in that it does not contribute to the final mark given for assignments, but instead it contributes to learning through providing feedback and feeding forward to help change and improve the quality of submitted assignments. Summative assessments, which evaluate student learning through assignments, vary across modules. Examples include professional reports, individual and group presentations, academic essays, personal reflective logs, and an independent community planning research project (at MSc level).


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2016 -
MSc Part-time September 2016 - 3 years
PgDip Full-time September 2016 -
PgDip Part-time September 2016 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Jordanstown Campus Newtownabbey BT37 0QB Northern Ireland

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Art, Design and the Built Environment
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028 9036 6521