This programme provides you with an advanced understanding of the theory, history and practice of community organising in the wider context of contemporary social, political and economic change. You benefit from the intellectual and practical training that is necessary for work as a community organiser, as well as a career in a related field. The programme aims to strengthen the cadre of community organisers being developed in the UK. This is the first postgraduate course in this field in the UK. In addition to your academic studies, you also complete five months hands-on experience as a community organiser with Citizens UK. All successful candidates will graduate with a higher degree from a world-class University as well as a reference from Citizens UK.
All students take the following compulsory modules:
The theory and history of community organising
Community organising in practice (including a five month placement working part-time as a community organiser with Citizens UK)
Qualitative Research Methods and Research for Change
All modules are assessed through coursework. This includes essay writing, report writing, presentations and the production of a short video. You also complete a 15,000 word dissertation that counts towards a third of the total marks for the programme.
An upper second class honours degree or higher in a humanities or social science subject from a UK University (or an equivalent international qualification) together with two supportive references. Candidates are expected to have good English language ability and to meet the standard of the IELTS – or equivalent – at a level of 6.5. Candidates are also expected to have the skills and/or aptitude to work as a community organiser on placement with Citizens UK. Candidates may be asked to provide examples of written work and will be interviewed.