School of Business

Empowers students to be successful community leader, manager, organizer and researcher to help people improve their quality of life and social change.

The rapid and substantial economic development of Macau (and indeed China) must be accompanied by equal efforts in developing people and communities. Macau is a different city demographically, economically, socially, religiously, ethnically, linguistically, with a more focused and distinct identity in the global arena. Not surprisingly, while the outward identity of Macau has greater prominence and focus, inwardly, the city shows the scars of rapid change: dilution of traditional neighbourhoods, apprehension over the arrival of numerous foreign workers, social tensions derived from evolving economic realities, political activism that pacifies individuals, but does not better situations. Therein lies the need to develop persons who learn how to develop communities.

Community development focuses on the identification, allocation, and effective use of neighbourhood resources, such as people, formal and informal social groups and leadership structures, economic and financial conditions, and on the mobilization of these resources to bring the community to a higher level of development. This programme of studies in Community Development at the Master’s level belongs to the academic area of Social Work. It will expose to and train students in the major theoretical and practical approaches to the development of communities.

Typical Duration
2 years (evening) programme

Teaching Medium

Total number of credits for graduation

Nape 1

Programme’s Government Approval (In Chinese and Portuguese only) (Click here)

September to July

Weekly schedule
Mondays to Fridays

Key Features

  • This programme is a theoretical and an applied multidisciplinary academic field and closely associated with sociology, economics, political science, psychology and business (marketing, organizational behaviour , finance).
  • Enables students to learn its theoretical and applications in all sectors of society and all across the globe.

Typical Career Options

Upon completion of the MCD program, our graduates may pursue careers in the Macao SAR government, National Government agencies, local government units, non-government organizations (NGOs), international organizations / agencies.

Study plan & description of modules

Students must complete all the following modules

Please click on any specific module to see its description.


Year 1 Master
9.00 credits
3.00 credits