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Health and Community Development Studies MA/PgDip/PgCert

Health and Community Development Studies MA/PgDip/PgCert

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Community Development Health Studies

Course type


Course Summary

This course enables you to develop as an innovative, progressive practitioner able to engage reflectively with concepts and practices of social justice and equality. You will have experience of or be interested in using skills of group work, informal learning and activity, outreach and community work; particularly with young people and adults often identified as hard to reach. Benefit from the flexibility of being able to tailor your learning specifically to your career interests - choose from two pathways.

Opportunities to study part-time alongside your work commitments, mainly through distance learning. 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, including: sexual health, mental health, disability, drug abuse, parenting education, youth work and community development, children’s centres, housing and homelessness, youth offending and domestic violence. Benefit from an international reputation in the field, with over 55 years’ professional training experience and international work.

Many of our graduates work in a wide range of senior posts in community health, youth work and community development work in both publicand 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 health and community provision.

Different course options

Distance with attendance | Leicester Campus | 2 years | JAN-20

Study mode

Distance with attendance


2 years

Start date



This module introduces students to key concepts explored in relation to practice, policy and national occupation standards.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

£442 per 15 credit.

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 have 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. They are normally expected to have a professional qualification in an area related to work. Students must be engaged in at least four hours’ appropriate work, paid or unpaid, per week. Students should also normally have: a commitment to anti-oppressive practice; relevant and significant health oriented 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.