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Managing Community Practice MA

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Community Health Care Administration Community Studies Social / Family / Community Work

Course type


Course Summary

This programme is designed to enhance the professional practice of experienced practitioners by facilitating a critical and reflective approach to management, staff development, innovation and researching practice. Many of the modules are taught interprofessionally including colleagues from community work, youth work, teaching, PRUs and health in both voluntary and statutory sectors. This provides for rich interprofessional learning and reflects the practice realities of interprofessional working.

Students will be assessed on both their youth and community work-based practice and their academic assignments through a range of assessment types including essays, presentations, debates, group exercises, audio-visual work, portfolios, reflective writing, and viva voce.

The programme is aimed at practitioners and managers in the generic and expanding field of youth and community development work. It aims to enable people to develop their professional understanding and skills through a supportive and challenging learning environment. The programme will be of particular interest to experienced practitioners who manage aspects of youth or community development provision and who wish to develop their analytical and professional capabilities. It is one of the pathways on the Master's CPD framework.

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


3 years

Start date



Researching Practice - Core
Reflective Practice - Core
Managing and Leading Community Practice - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

Standard 20 credit fee is £1,000.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants should be experienced practitioners in the fields of community work, community development, youth work and other associated professional and occupational groups. Applicants should normally possess a degree or a relevant professional qualification. Practitioners who do not have a first degree, but who have considerable professional experience can apply for exceptional entry. The qualification may enhance professional confidence and analytical skills for those wishing to enhance their current practice, those seeking promotion, and those seeking to further their interests in research or policy work.

University information

Cardiff Metropolitan University is one of Cardiff’s oldest educational institutions, having gone through several name changes during its history. It has two campuses (Cyncoed and Llandaff) which are just outside the city centre and provides a range of different courses. Approximately 35% of its students are studying a postgraduate qualification, and 30% of their overall attendees are mature students. The university was awarded a Silver...more

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