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Developmental and Therapeutic Play, MA

Developmental and Therapeutic Play, MA

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Child Development (Education) Play Skills Hospital Play Therapy

Course type


Course Summary


Gain an advanced understanding of how children learn and develop through play with our Master’s degree in Developmental and Therapeutic Play.

You will explore evidence-based practice in play across a range of professional contexts, combining in-depth theory with fieldwork experience.

This includes how the environment and social interactions support children’s growing repertoire of play skills, with a particular emphasis on the inherent value of children’s self-directed play experiences.

Throughout your studies, you will refine critical research and analytical skills valued by employers and develop professional reflective practice techniques.


Your postgraduate qualification in Developmental and Therapeutic Play opens up a range of career opportunities in sectors including:

  • Education
  • International aid
  • Counselling and pastoral care
  • Social work
  • Healthcare
  • Play work
  • Domestic violence teams
  • Prison service

Our career support services include:

  • Employability workshops, employers’ talks, bespoke events and careers fairs
  • Individual advice and guidance from professionally qualified Careers Advisers
  • Help with finding jobs, internships, work placements and volunteering opportunities
  • Access to information resources on a wide range of career management topics
  • Funding to support student internship opportunities and Student Society/Club events.

We also provide help and advice for Swansea University Alumni up to two years after you graduate.

Different course options

Full time | Singleton Park Campus | 1 year | 28-SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module examines contemporary issues surrounding play and child development with a particular emphasis on diversity and difference. The module considers cultural issues that may influence children's play experiences, for example the impact of war and conflict, approaches to parenting, play materials, opportunities for play and play within early years curricula. Gender differences in play and inclusion are also considered. The module introduces students to a range of findings from recent studies of play and considers factors surrounding diversity and difference that may impact on professional practice. Students are encouraged to reflect on their own experiences of play in childhood in relation to the theories and accounts presented. As part of this module students may have the opportunity to observe and reflect on play practice through a fieldtrip to a children’s service provision.

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

To apply for this course you will need a minimum of a second class honours UK (2.2) degree or above in a related discipline. We also welcome non-graduate applications if you have relevant work experience. (Please email the programme manager for individual advice). You may be asked to attend an interview and you will need a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check (previously known as a Criminal Records Bureau, or CRB, Check).

University information

Located on the stunning Swansea Bay coastline, this Welsh university provides easy access to the city centre, as well as to the beaches of the spectacular Gower Peninsula. Swansea has recently been named University of the Year by students at the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2019, where it was also runner-up in the Postgraduate category. It’s also recognised as a UK top 30 research institution (Research Excellence Framework 2014). The...more

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