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Youth and Community Development Studies MA

Youth and Community Development Studies MA

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Community Development Youth Development Youth Work

Course type


Course Summary

This course is suitable for staff who use group work, informal learning, outreach and community work as part of their role; particularly those working with young people and adults often identified as hard to reach. Our experienced practitioner and research-based staff, and diverse range of practice-related modules enable you to achieve planned change through the process of education, development and practice orientated research - ensuring your learning is relevant to current practice and initiatives. Benefit from inter-professional learning as the course attracts professionals, worldwide, from a variety of settings and sectors, including: Parenting education, youth work, children’s centres, sexual health, drug abuse, housing and homelessness, youth offending, disability, mental health, community development, domestic violence, local government sector, voluntary and not-for-profit sector and non-governmental organisations.

All core and most option modules are launched during one of two block teaching weeks held each year, usually in September and January. These modules are supported by a wide variety of written material, individual and organisational tasks. Students are required to engage in a number of online seminars in each module. Contributions to them are compulsory, and are an attendance requirement. The course aims to build a learning community, from the initial contact during the induction block teaching week onwards. Assessment is usually by written assignment of 4,000 words per 15 credit module.

Many of our graduates work in a wide range of senior posts in youth work and community development work and in other related health and educational services in both public and voluntary organisations, all over the world. An MA is a recommended qualification for workers who want to hold senior positions. The MA is recognised internationally as a valid postgraduate level of study and its content is relevant for issues relating to a developing country’s youth and community provision. In this course, students can also exit with PGDip award.

Different course options

Distance with attendance | De Montfort University | 2 years | OCT-19

Study mode

Distance with attendance


2 years

Start date



This module introduces strategies and methods of social science research commonly used in social and healthcare settings.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

Part-time fees will be £442 per 15 credit module.

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 should demonstration of ability to work at master’s level which can be achieved through having a first degree, normally at 2:2 or above, or by having a range of academic and work experience; normally expected to have a professional qualification in an area related to work; must be engaged in at least 12 hours’ appropriate work, paid or unpaid, per week. They should also normally have a commitment to anti-oppressive practice; relevant and significant field 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. Applications from individuals with no formal academic qualifications, but extensive practical experience, will be considered on an individual basis. Students must complete a declaration form and enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and criminal record certificate (from their home country), before starting the course, which need to be cleared in accordance with DMU’s admission policy.

University information

De Montfort University (DMU) postgraduate courses receive continual input from leading employers and professional bodies and are underpinned by excellent research. DMU strives to build what employers need: work-ready graduates with professional experience and industry skills on the CV. Your career will be in focus from minute one, with UK and overseas placements, internships, targeted training, coaching and research opportunities part of DMU...more

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