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Children’s, Young People’s and Community’s Services (MA)

Children’s, Young People’s and Community’s Services (MA)

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Part time | Carmarthen Campus | 3 years | 01-OCT-23

Study mode

Part time


3 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Children / Youth (Social Work) Community Studies

Course type


Course Summary

This programme is aimed at professionals involved in the children and young people's workforce in a wide range of roles. Each stage of this Master's has been designed to develop high-level skills of direct relevance to the world of work; students will interrogate research, critique theory and conduct robust research connected to their current or future occupation.

Because it has been structured around the needs of working people, the programme is delivered flexibly through a mixture of face-to-face and online learning. It can be studied through the medium of Welsh or English.

The MA shares several modules with its sibling qualification the

  • Professional Doctorate in Children’s, Young People’s and Community’s Services
  • . The Professional Doctorate includes both Master's level and Doctoral level content. Students who complete this MA programme may still choose to move on to the Doctoral (research) section of the Prof Doc.

    Why choose this course?

    Flexibility: this course can adapt to fit your schedule.

    Collaboration: it creates opportunities for you to engage with your peers within each module.

    Focus: if you are a professional involved in the children and young people's workforce, this programme has been designed to support and challenge you.

    Support: you will have access to staff through face-to-face study days and online webinars

    Personalisation: choose optional modules to complement your interests and shape your dissertation topic around your professional or academic interests.

    Course Overview

    In order to ensure that as a busy professional you are supported to succeed, the programme is designed for delivery outside of normal working hours. The programme will involve Saturday lectures supported by frequent evening webinars online. Staff are available for tutorials in the evenings if required, and will support youby offering catch-up tutorials if you are forced to miss learning sessions because of your professional responsibilities.

    If you are unsure of your academic writing skills after a long time away from formal education, staff will provide support in the form of tutorials. The development of your academic writing skills is also achieved through the targeted feedback given by staff before you submit your assignments.

    The programme has a strong collaborative element. You can expect to engage with other students on your course to discuss and constructively critique each other's research design.

    If you join the programme but later decide that you do not want to complete the full range of Level 7 modules, you may choose to graduate with either a Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) or Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits).


    Critical Reflections of Academic and Professional Practice (30 Credits) - Core
    Critical Perspectives in Policy, Planning and Delivery (30 Credits) - Core
    Developing Professional Curiosity: A Critical Literature Review (30 Credits) - Core
    Research Design and Management for Professional Practice (30 Credits) - Core
    Future Focused: Impacting change and leading improvement through research (30 Credits) - Core
    The Philosophy and Practice of Social Research (30 Credits) - Core
    Dissertation: Childhood, Youth and Education (60 Credits) - Core

    Tuition fees

    UK fees
    Course fees for UK students

    For this course (per year)


    International fees
    Course fees for EU and international students

    For this course (per year)


    Entry requirements

    You may enter this course after completing an undergraduate degree in a related subject, or after having spent a short or long time out of education. Many students on this MA will have part-time or full-time jobs in the field of child, youth or community services, and keep them while studying flexibly around their professional commitments.