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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

In this course 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.

You’re learning will be assessed through written assignments such as research projects, child observations, essays and seminar presentations. You will also need to compile a 20,000 word dissertation. 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; and Prison service.

Different course options

Full time | Singleton Park Campus | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



The aim of this module is for students to undertake an independent study on an approved topic related to play and playwork. This could involve empirical research or a literature review. Students will be given individual as well as group advice and support either in the selection of their chosen focus for literature review or with their research design, data collection and data analysis. All students will be given guidance in relation to the presentation and structure of their dissertation.

Tuition fees

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Course fees for UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


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Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Entry requirements

Students 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 they have relevant work experience. They may be asked to attend an interview and they 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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