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Youth Work, Health and Community Development Studies MA

Youth Work, Health and Community Development Studies MA

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Community Work Community Development Youth Development Youth Work

Course type


Course Summary

The course offers flexibility with a professional qualification, enabling successful graduates to practice as qualified youth work, health and community development workers in the UK. It develops your practical and professional skills, putting theory in to practice with dedicated work placement modules, develop as an innovative, progressive practitioner, able to engage reflectively with concepts and practices of social justice and equality, benefit from inter-professional learning as the course attracts professionals from youth work and a variety of settings across the UK, including: parenting education, children’s centres, sexual health, drug abuse, housing and homelessness, youth offending, mental health, community development and domestic violence. This course is suitable for staff in local authorities, the NHS, voluntary and third sector who use group work, informal learning and activity, outreach and community work as part of their role; particularly those working with young people and adults often identified as hard to reach. Youth Work, Health and Community Development’s sister professional qualification course Youth Work and Community Development places more of a focus on informal education.

Assessment is usually by written assignment of 4,000 words per 15-credit module. Field practice assessment requires written evidence, assignments and reports of competence from the supervisor. Graduates go in to a wide range of senior posts in youth work and health and community development work in both the public and voluntary sector. An MA is a recommended qualification for workers to hold senior positions. In this course, students can also exit with PGDip award.

Different course options

Distance with attendance | Distance Learning/Online Study | 1 year | OCT

Study mode

Distance with attendance


1 year

Start date



This module provides you with the opportunity to further develop your experience and understanding of the role of the informal educator at JNC Professional Range in an adult and community work setting different to your usual workplace, where you will undertake 525 hours mainly with young people.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


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

Students need to demonstrate that you can work at masters 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. Applicants may be required to undertake pre-registration modules before starting or complete an agreed portfolio of learning in the form of a 2,000-2,500-word pre-course assignment, determined at application or interview stage and 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. You must complete a declaration form and enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (formally CRB) and criminal record certificate (from your home country), before starting the course, which need to be cleared in accordance with DMU’s admission policy.