About this program
Youth Work and Community Development MA
Designed for graduates or existing practitioners, this course helps you to gain extensive knowledge of working with young people and community groups alongside providing professional qualifications to practise as a youth and community development worker in the UK.
Professionally validated by the National Youth Agency and the Endorsement and Quality Standards Board for Community Development Learning, this course will help you master skills to support young people and communities and handle the complexities of social justice. Our program is ideal if you’d like to pursue a career in areas such as education, sexual health, housing and homelessness, and mental health.
Benefit from inter-professional learning, with the course attracting professionals from a variety of settings including youth work, parenting education, children’s centres, sexual health, drug abuse, housing and homelessness, youth offending, mental health, community development and domestic violence.
On this program you’ll explore the theory and practice of a range of topics including community development, anti-oppressive practice, and health and social research methods. You’ll also develop your practical and professional skills by putting theory in to practice with dedicated work placement modules and a range of specialist option modules which have been specifically designed for staff in local authorities, the NHS, voluntary, third sector and non-governmental organisations, ensuring your learning is relevant to current practice.
This course is only available for UK/EU students.
- You need to demonstrate that you can work at master’s level which can be achieved through having a first degree, normally 2:2 or above, or by having a range of academic and work experience
- Applications from individuals with no formal academic qualifications but extensive practical experience will be considered on an individual basis
- You may be required to undertake pre-registration modules before starting or completing an agreed portfolio of learning in the form of a 2,000 - 2,500 word pre-course assignment, determined at application or interview stage
- You must be engaged in at least 12 hours of appropriate work, paid or unpaid, per week
You should also normally have:
- A commitment to anti-oppressive practice
- Relevant and significant youth and community development work experience
- Proven ability to reflect on practice, critically examine concepts of informal education and justice, awareness of social welfare needs in a youth and community development context
- You will need to attend an interview – telephone interviews can be arranged if needed
English language requirements:
If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning (CELL), is available both before and during the course.
For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.
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Core modules include:
- Theory and Practice of Youth Work
- Theory and Practice of Community Development
- Anti-oppressive Practice
- Health and Social Research Methods
- Field Practice - is practice
- Management of Services and People
Plus choose one module from a range of specialist modules, depending on your specific career interests:
- Mental Health
- Contemporary Social Issues
- Global Issues in Youth and Community Development
- Managing Race and Diversity
- The Negotiated Module
Scholarships & funding
Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.
- Two years part-time
- One year full-time
UK/EU students: £6,930 per year
Graduates go into a wide range of senior posts in youth work and community development work and in other related health and educational services in both the public and voluntary sector, all over the world.
An MA is a recommended qualification for workers who want to hold senior positions.
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De Montfort University
De Montfort University (DMU) in England welcome hundreds of European students every year for one of our 300 courses at foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate level. We have approx. 25,000 students studying in our 4 faculties; Business & Law; Health &...
Why study at De Montfort University
- Ranked 20th for Graduate Prospects (The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020)
- In the top 10% of institutions overall recognised by the Times Higher Education’s Impact Rankings 2020
- TEF Gold Award in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework – the only government-endorsed measure of teaching quality in higher education.
- Campus of the Future - DMU has invested £136m in transforming its campus, creating new green space in Leicester and using renewable energy technology. Four of the largest campus buildings generate renewable energy via more than 1,110 solar panels, and a wood biomass boiler cuts out the need to burn fossil fuels.
- 2030 Climate Action - More than 100 students and staff have taken part in carbon literacy training to understand how choices like transport, clothes, overseas travel and food impact the planet. DMU and the University of Leicester have teamed up with Leicester City Council to deliver the training in city schools. DMU has halved its carbon dioxide emissions since 2005.
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