University of Central Lancashire

University of Central Lancashire

International Community Development

Asset and arts-based community development is rooted in creative and collaborative approaches that facilitate broad-based engagement and participation across a wide spectrum of people, including marginalized and disadvantaged groups as well as governmental, private and non-governmental institutions. This programme is designed for artists, social workers, activists, youth and community workers, volunteers, health and mental health practitioners and managers, who would like to gain a more critical, hands-on and comprehensive understanding of participatory approaches to community development. It is designed for people who recognize that the shift from a deficits to an asset-based approach requires: a rigorous examination of core assumptions embedded in professional discourses; an interdisciplinary and multicultural synthesis of ideas that can be generated and applied in the classroom and community; the formulation through study, research and action of new approaches; a re-vitalization of participatory democratic processes.

Entry requirements

Applicants would normally have a 1st degree at Honours Classification 2.2 or above in community development, community arts, or a related discipline such as community and youth work, social work, health or education. Applicants with arts degrees in creative writing, media, theatre, and music who have experience working in the community are also welcome to apply. Exceptionally, consideration will also be given to applicants with a 1st degree of Honours Classification of 2.2 or above in other disciplines. Candidates with a professional qualification in social care, health or a related area who do not have a first degree will be asked to demonstrate their suitability for postgraduate study on the basis of an essay of 2000/2500 words on a relevant topic. Candidates may be asked to attend an interview. International students need to have achieved a UK 2.2 equivalent qualification and demonstrate English language proficiency at an IELTS level of 6.5 or above for each component score of reading, listening, speaking and writing. This course may involve regular access to children and/or vulnerable adults; where this is the case students must have enhanced clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 5,000 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 11,950 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Part-time £ 525 per Single module (home fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Preston Campus Preston PR1 2HE North West

Key information

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01772 892400