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Youth and Community Development Studies

Youth and Community Development Studies accommodates the advanced professional needs of experienced practitioners seeking to develop their knowledge and understanding of their practice and the rapidly changing contexts in which they work.

Overview

Many of our graduates go into a wide range of senior posts in youth and community development work and in other related health and educational services in both the statutory and voluntary sector, all over the world.

Reasons to study Youth and Community Development Studies at DMU:

  • Benefit from the flexibility of being able to tailor your learning specifically to your career interests and increase your employment opportunities - choose from two pathways

  • Opportunities to study part-time alongside your work commitments mainly through flexible distance learning

  • Develop as an innovative, progressive practitioner, able to engage reflectively with concepts and practices of social justice and equality

  • We have an international reputation in the field, with over 55 years’ professional training experience and international work

  • Our experienced practitioner and research-based staff, and diverse range of practice-related modules enable you to achieve planned change through the process of education, development and practice orientated research - ensuring your learning is relevant to current practice and initiatives

  • Benefit from inter-professional learning as the course attracts professionals, worldwide, from a variety of settings and sectors, including: Parenting education, youth work, children’s centres, sexual health, drug abuse, housing and homelessness, youth offending, disability, mental health, community development, domestic violence, local government sector, voluntary and not-for-profit sector and non-governmental organisations

This course is suitable for staff who use group work, informal learning, outreach and community work as part of their role; particularly those working with young people and adults often identified as hard to reach.

“ The tutors, staff and speakers encouraged us students to really look at the justice of what we do as public service providers and to question the status quo in a constructive manner. I can apply this knowledge to the workplace in the hope of making our services better for young people and for their communities. ”

Davina Daniels, JNC postgraduate diploma in youth and community work

Scholarships:

At DMU, we are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study. We are proud to currently offer two scholarships.

Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship
Up to 50 per cent of tuition fees offered to Home/EU DMU alumni for students who wish to continue their studies at DMU by enrolling on a Postgraduate taught course. For more information visit our Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship page.

Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship
Up to £6,000 worth of support available to full-time UK and EU undergraduate and postgraduate students, starting in September 2016. For more information visit our Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship page.

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Youth Work and Community Development PQ

Youth Work, Health and Community Development PQ

  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

Duration: One year full-time via distance learning or two-three years part-time via distance learning (with occasional attendance)

Attendance: Two teaching block weeks on campus each year in late September and late January are compulsory. There is a seven hour teaching commitment each day of the block weeks. Some optional modules are launched over weekends. The dissertation launch day is also compulsory - its timing is dependent on whether students enrol in September or January.

Start date: Late September and late January

Location of study: De Montfort University Leicester UK

Fees and funding:
Full-Time (Master of Arts non-PQ) via Distance Learning: £4,752

Full-Time (PG-Diploma non-PQ) via Distance Learning: £3,168

Part-Time (Duration: 2.5 to 3 years):
Year 1 Tuition Fee: £1,584
Year 2 (up to PG-Diploma): £1,584
Year 3 (Dissertation fee; to gain full MA): £1,584

15-credit taught module: £396
60-credit dissertation module: £1,584

If you work in the NHS you may be eligible for funding from the Education Commission Unit of the East Midlands Strategic Health Authority.

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

How to apply: International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online portal or by submitting a direct application form.

Please visit dmu.ac.uk/international for more information or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

 


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Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

Duration: One year full-time or two–three years part-time via distance learning (with occasional attendance)

Attendance: Two teaching block weeks on campus each year in late September and late January are compulsory. There is a seven hour teaching commitment each day of the block weeks. Some optional modules are launched over weekends. The dissertation launch day is also compulsory - its timing is dependent on whether students enrol in September or January.

Start date: Late September and late January

Location of study: De Montfort University Leicester UK

Fees and funding: Full-time £12,200 

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

How to apply: International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online portal or by submitting a direct application form.

Please visit dmu.ac.uk/international for more information or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

 


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Entry criteria

  • Demonstration of ability to work at master’s level which can be achieved through having a first degree, normally at 2:2 or above, or by having a range of academic and work experience
  • You are normally expected to have a professional qualification in an area related to work
  • You must be engaged in at least 12 hours’ appropriate work, paid or unpaid, per week

You should also normally have:

  • A commitment to anti-oppressive practice
  • Relevant and significant field experience
  • Proven ability to reflect on practice, critically examine concepts of informal education and justice, awareness of social welfare needs in a youth and community development context

Applications from individuals with no formal academic qualifications, but extensive practical experience, will be considered on an individual basis. You will need to attend an interview or participate in a telephone interview

You must complete a declaration form and enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and criminal record certificate (from your home country), before starting the course, which need to be cleared in accordance with DMU’s admission policy.

English language requirements:

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning (CELL), is available both before and during the course.

Please visit dmu.ac.uk/international for more information.

 

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessment

Academic expertise

 

Course modules

There are two pathways to choose from:

  • The generic pathway; offering the greatest flexibility
  • The management pathway; including bespoke management modules and a management-focused dissertation.

Core modules include:

  • Theory and Practice of Community Development - introduces students to key concepts explored in relation to practice, policy and National Occupation Standards
  • Theory and Practice of Youth Work - using the National Occupational Standards students will be introduced to the key concepts in youth and community development work. and the key theoretical contexts for youth and community practice: political (policy), sociological, philosophical, historical and psychological
  • Health and Social Research Methods - introduces strategies and methods of social science research commonly used in social and healthcare settings.

You will also choose four modules from a range of optional modules, depending on availability, your preferred pathway and specific career interests, including:

  • Issues of Health and Well-being
  • Mental Health
  • Contemporary Social Issues
  • Global Issues in Youth and Community Development
  • Managing Race and Diversity
  • Anti-oppressive Practice - analyses concepts of oppression, discrimination and inequality and develops effective anti-oppressive and anti-discriminatory practice
  • Management of Services and People - increases self-confidence and performance as a manager of people and projects within a youth work and community development environment
  • The Negotiated Module - allows you to formulate, present and implement an individual proposal in an area of professional relevance and interest

Please contact us for optional module descriptions and further information. For completion of the full MA, you will also be required to undertake.

Dissertation - Students must choose a youth and community development related topic identified in discussion with academic staff

Teaching and assessment

All core and most option modules are launched during one of two block teaching weeks held each year, usually in September and January. These modules are supported by a wide variety of written material, individual and organisational tasks. Students are required to engage in a number of online seminars in each module. Contributions to them are compulsory, and are an attendance requirement.

The course aims to build a learning community, from the initial contact during the induction block teaching week onwards. Assessment is usually by written assignment of 4,000 words per 15 credit module.

Academic expertise

The department is home to the National Youth Work Collection and has one of the largest teams in the UK. In the past six years, the authors in the division have published nine books and a range of papers. Staff work with a range of organisations that work with young people and communities including charities, voluntary and statutory agencies at local, national and international levels.

Thematic areas of interest include:

  • A specialist expertise and interest in global youth and community development work (resulting in numerous conferences and publications by Dr Momodou Sallah, a leading expert in this area, who has also been recently awarded a The Times Higher Education Most Innovative  Teacher of the Year)
  • Work with black young people (again, resulting in key conferences and texts by Dr Carlton Howson and Dr Momodou Sallah)
  • Youth participation and citizenship
  • Anti-oppressive practice (Dr Jagdish Chouhan)
  • Hospital and other health-related youth work (Dr Scott Yates)
  • The context, management and operation of children and young people’s services (Mary Tyler)

Teaching contact hours

This course is taught via distance learning. Compulsory attendance, when there are direct contact hours with staff, is for two block teaching weeks per year when teaching is timetabled for seven hours each day, and when the dissertation is launched.

Following each block week tutors teach via module guides and their integral activities, directed reading, e-seminars or on line action learning sets. Typically this means there is weekly tutor contact via written interventions in the seminars and oral interventions in the sets which are normally for student groups of between six and sixteen students. Personal tutorials and dissertation supervision are either conducted by telephone, or face to face for students studying full time and based in or near Leicester. Contact hours per week depend on the teaching method used, whether students are studying full or part time and which modules they are studying. The majority of the learning is via personal study – typically twenty hours studying and revising in your own time each week for full time students (less for part time students), including substantial guided study using module guides, directed readings, online activities, etc.

Academic expertise

We have a dedicated team of staff who contribute to the course. The programme and module leaders are all registeredpharmacists, and have experience in the hospital, community, primary care, secure environment and prescribing areas of pharmacy practice.

MSc supervisors are drawn from the Leicester School of Pharmacy and local community and hospital pharmacists who can support you in your project. We also use a team of expert pharmacists and doctors who contribute to the development of the course material and assessments on the study days.

Facilities and features

Health and Life Sciences facilties

Investment of £12 million in Health and Life Sciences has developed our first-class teaching and learning facilities to help you develop your practical experience and theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom.

Learn more about DMU’s first-class study facilities.

Library services

We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus. These give access to more than half a million publications, an extensive range of DVDs, e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. 

During standard term-time (October to June) the main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Outside of this period, and during university holidays, the library will remain open but with reduced opening hours.

Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks. We offer a range of workshops, drop-in and one-to-one sessions, and our Just Ask service provides email and telephone support.

Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood Building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.

Opportunities and careers

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Scholarships

As part of the university's commitment to enhancing the personal and career development of our graduates. We offer an Alumni scholarship programme. For more information visit Health and Life Sciences Alumni Scholarships > 

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Graduate careers

Many of our graduates work in a wide range of senior posts in youth work and community development work and in other related health and educational services in both public and voluntary organisations, all over the world.

An MA is a recommended qualification for workers who want to hold senior positions.The MA is recognised internationally as a valid postgraduate level of study and its content is relevant for issues relating to a developing country’s youth and community provision.

 

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