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Youth and Community Work MA

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Community Work Youth Work

Course type


Course Summary

This new MA Youth and Community Work programme has been designed in partnership with service users and leading professionals employed in the field. This collaboration ensures teaching is current and reflective of today’s youth and community work agenda preparing you effectively for a successful career. Youth and community work is a unique and value-based practice that seeks to support and foster the development of young people and the wider community to enable all to reach their full potential. Underpinned by strong values of social justice Youth and Community Workers seek to critically analyse the social world and nurture the development of others through collaborative and creative practice leading to social change.

The main aim of the MA in Youth and Community Work with JNC professional qualification is to develop skilled, innovative and reflective practitioners, who are able to engage and develop positive relationships within communities, which lead to education and discovery. Through practice workers will demonstrate a clear commitment to promoting participation and empowerment, equality, partnership working and to the personal, social and political development of those involved.

Students will experience a range of teaching methods, including lectures, small group seminars and tutorials, which enable discussion and shared learning. Through the course students will benefit from working with service users and professionals in the field who contribute to the taught programme and offer current and relevant experience to aid student learning.

Youth and community work is a diverse practice, which subsequently provides a variety of career opportunities. This dedicated practice is focused on supporting both young people and adults within the community and can include working within education, health and community or welfare services. Youth and Community Workers are employed within a range of organisations including voluntary and community associations, local authorities, schools, social work teams and within youth offending services.

Different course options

Full time | Hope Park | 12 months | OCT-19

Study mode

Full time


12 months

Start date



Youth Work Theory and Practice (20 Credits)
Practice Placement 1: Linked to Youth Work Theory and Practice
Dissertation Preparation and Research Methods (10 Credits)
Practice Placement 2 (20 Credits)
Dissertation (60 Credits)
Advanced Research Seminars (20 Credits)
Managing Youth and Community Work (10 Credits)
Community Empowerment for Social Change (20 Credits)
Critical Themes and Issues Influencing Contemporary Practice (20 Credits)

Tuition fees

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


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Entry requirements

Students normally need to have a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours Degree in a relevant discipline. Applications from students who do not hold a 1st or 2:1 Honours Degree (or equivalent) may be asked to demonstrate potential to achieve a Masters award via a sample of academic writing and interview before an offer is made; appropriate and relevant experience; enhanced DBS Clearance; all candidates subject to interview and satisfactory health check.

University information

Liverpool Hope University is set across two green campuses: Hope Park, just four miles from Liverpool city centre, and the Creative Campus, close to the city centre. There is also a small residential campus at Aigburth Park. Over the last 10 years, there has been a significant investment in buildings and equipment of over £76 million. Each year over 1,000 postgraduate students choose to study a range of postgraduate taught, research and PGCE...more

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