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Education for Sustainable Futures in Adult, Community & Youth Contexts MSc

Education for Sustainable Futures in Adult, Community & Youth Contexts MSc

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Full time | University of Glasgow | 12 months | SEP

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Full time


12 months

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Sustainability Adult / Community Education (General) Learning / Training Design / Development Youth Studies

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Course Summary

This programme provides you with the opportunity to study established and emerging theoretical dimensions of adult education, community development and youth studies. You will gain in-depth knowledge in a specialism of your choosing, as well as a solid foundation in educational and social research.


  • The programme provides you with the key attributes for professions in adult education, community development and youth work, developing both in-depth knowledge and breadth.
  • You will develop analytic and research skills, an interdisciplinary knowledge base, and a practical understanding of the settings in which adult education, community development and youth work take place.
  • You will be benefit from the combined strengths of staff from the School of Education, who have a breadth of teaching and research experience in a range of areas of study across the three specialist areas.
  • You will have the opportunity to link up with a range of community-based organisations in Central Scotland for your dissertation work.
  • There will be a number of guest lectures, presentations and seminars, with leading-edge academics and practitioners and speakers from the UK and abroad.


You will be well equipped for careers in public, private and third sector agencies concerned with adult education, community development or youth work, as well as policy development. In addition, it is an excellent professional development choice for those currently working in any of the three specialist fields. The programme also provides a solid pathway towards doctoral-level study.


This course introduces students to theories, approaches and methods for social and educational research in contemporary contexts and is particularly designed for students who are interested in culturally and socially responsive modes. It offers a broad introduction to social research foundations as they are traditionally conceived, whilst also supporting students to consider the ways in which social, cultural, personal and political factors intersect imaginations of social problems, and the scope of research and praxis which is possible in their response. The course content extends to cover research paradigms, qualitative and quantitative approaches, methods and tools for data collection and analysis, ethical considerations, as well as a range of methodologies, including participatory, post-qualitative, arts-informed, feminist, queer, post-colonial and conceptual approaches. Throughout the course students are supported to locate and recognise research as an embodied, personal and performative practice, and to reflexively consider foundations for research within orientations to and interactions with the world activated through the research acts of talking, looking, watching, sensing and doing.

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Entry requirements

2.1 Honours degree or non-UK equivalent in any subject.

University information

The University of Glasgow is one of four ancient universities in Scotland, founded back in 1451. Alumni include seven Nobel Prize winners, Scotland’s First Minister and a Prime Minister, while Albert Einstein gave a seminal lecture on the theory of relativity there in 1933. The university consists of four colleges: College of Arts College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences College of Science and Engineering College of...more