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Youth Work and Community Development MA

Youth Work and Community Development MA

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Youth Work Community Development

Course type


Course Summary

This course will allow you to become a qualified youth and community worker, increasing your employment opportunities in this rapidly changing field. It is validated by the National Youth Agency. This course has been designed on the principles which promote social justice, and challenge injustice and inequality. You will participate in a rich and culturally diverse teaching and learning environment and undertake two challenging placements, enabling you to apply your knowledge and hone your practical skills. During your studies, you will critically engage with the tensions and challenges of current practice, build a sophisticated knowledge of effective management approaches, debate how youth work and community development has responded to shifting government policies and learns how to support inclusive practice that can inspire positive social change.

By enhancing your ability to build trusting, professional relationships with troubled and challenging young people, coupled with proven experience of working in multi-agency settings, you will become an effective youth and community worker who will be sought after by employers. Job titles will include: Youth Worker; Community Development Worker; Behavioral Support Worker and Charity Project worker.

Different course options

Full time | City Campus | 18 months | 23-SEP-19

Study mode

Full time


18 months

Start date



This module will develop your professional identity within a supportive study group and in professional practice. You will explore professional identity formation and study skill needs at induction, at different stages throughout the module and in practice. You will discuss and negotiate a programme of Personal and Professional Development that will meet identified and perceived individual/group needs. Key topics will be included, but you can discuss and negotiate specific content to reflect contemporary practice issues or specific study skills requirements. You will also undertake a placement component comprising 150 hours of assessed practice which will run concurrently with the taught programme and will normally take place within the first two semesters.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have at least a second class honours degree or have equivalent experience or training, normally from a work environment or from a voluntary setting environment. Applicants should demonstrate in their personal statement the relevant work or voluntary experience they have gained with young people or adults in a community related setting. All suitable candidates will be required to attend an interview as part of the selection process. The University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Applicants are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent.