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Youth and Community Work MA

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Community Work Youth Work

Course type


Course Summary


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.

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.

Why choose Liverpool Hope?

Study within a department committed to innovative and participatory teaching methods.
An experienced and research-active teaching team with expertise in youth work and community development, participatory practice, childhood and youth studies, anti-oppressive practice, mental health, youth justice and radical community work.
Opportunities to experience international perspectives through department field trips and overseas placements.
This course has an intake limited to 25 students providing an encouraging environment to build positive peer group support and an opportunity to work closely with teaching staff.


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-20

Study mode

Full time


12 months

Start date



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

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

Normally a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours Degree in a relevant discipline.

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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