Youth and Community Development Studies MA/PG Dip/PG Cert

About the course

The Youth and Community Development Studies is for experienced youth and community development work practitioners seeking to further develop their knowledge and understanding of their practice and the rapidly changing contexts in which they work.

It is suitable for staff in local authorities, the NHS, voluntary and third sector, and NGOs who use group work, informal learning, outreach and community work as part of their role; particularly those working with young people and adults often labelled as hard to reach.

The course attracts professionals worldwide from a variety of settings, including; parenting education, youth work, children’s centres, sexual health, drug abuse, housing and homelessness, youth offending, mental health, community development and domestic violence.

  • Opportunities to study full-time or flexible part-time, largely via distance learning, alongside work makes this course particularly attractive to qualified practitioners and international students
  • The course facilitates the development of innovative, progressive practitioners able to engage reflectively with concepts and practices of social justice and equality
  • Choose from three specialist pathways and tailor your learning relevant to your career interests
  • We have an international reputation in the field, with more than 50 years’ professional training experience
  • Our experienced practitioner and research-based staff, and diverse range of practice-related modules, enable you to achieve planned change; ensuring your learning is relevant to current practice and initiatives
  • Achieve planned change and increase your employment opportunities, with flexible distance learning, allowing study alongside work.

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Key facts

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

Attendance: One teaching block week in October is compulsory. Further teaching days are dependent on option modules chosen. Some option modules are launched over weekends. The second teaching block in February is dependent on your module choices (if you enrol in February the whole week will then be compulsory). All module launch days are compulsory

Start date: October 2014 or February 2015

Entry and admission criteria

  • A first degree, normally at 2:2 or above, or by having a range of academic and work experience

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 interviews

 

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

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, is available both before and during the course if you need it. To find out more, please visit dmu.ac.uk/international|

Teaching and assessment

Most key and specialist modules are launched during one of two block teaching weeks held each year. These modules are supported by a wide variety of written material, individual and corporate tasks: are required to engage in a number of online seminars in each module. Contributions to are compulsory and also an attendance requirement.

The course aims to build a learning community, from the initial contact on selection day and in the induction periods onwards. Assessment is usually by written assignment of 4,000 words per 15 credit module.

International students come to study in the UK because the quality of our teaching is among the best in the world, offering a varied selection of teaching methods to suit all learning requirements. Providing they can attend the teaching blocks international students can study largely at home.

Course modules

There are three specialist pathways to choose from including:

 

  • 1. The generic pathway; offering the greatest flexibility
  • 2. The research pathway; considers practice-based, evaluative and academic modes of research
  • 3. The management pathway; includes bespoke management modules and a management-focused dissertation
Key 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
  • Managing Services and People - increases self-confidence and performance as a manager of people and projects within a youth work and community development environment

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

  • Anti-Oppressive Practice analyses concepts of oppression, discrimination and inequality and develops effective anti-oppressive and anti-discriminatory practice
  • The Negotiated Module – allows you to formulate, present and implement an individual proposal in an area of professional relevance and interest
  • Health and Well-being
  • Mental Health
  • Peer Health Learning
  • Designing, Delivering and Assessing Learning
  • Supervision in Youth and Community Development
  • Social Exclusion, Disaffection and Youth Work
  • Global Issues in Youth and Community Development
  • Managing Race and Diversity
  • Anti-Oppressive Practice

 

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

 

  • Dissertation – Students must choose a related topic identified in discussion with academic staff

Academic expertise

Staff in the department have more than 50 years experience and are one of the largest teams in the UK.They continue to work for a range of organisations that work with young people 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); work with black young people (again, resulting in key conferences and texts by Carlton Howson and Momodou Sallah)
  • Youth participation and citizenship (including an evaluation of a beacon councils initiative and on going partnership work with the Centre for Social Action)
  • Anti oppressive practice (Dr Jagdish Chouhan)
  • Hospital and other health related work (Dr Scott Yates) and the context, management and operation of children and young people’s services (Mary Tyler, and recent high profile work undertaken by visiting professors Bernard Davies and Bryan Merton).

Graduate careers

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

An MA is a recommended qualification for workers who want to hold senior positions.

Fees and funding

Fees 2014/15

UK/EU
Full-time £4860
Part Time £4860
15 credit taught module £405
60 credit dissertation £1620
International
Full-time £12,200

How to apply

UKPASS is the postgraduate equivalent of UCAS and gives you a simple and efficient way to apply online. It allows you to search for a course and guides you through the application process. Using UKPASS you can apply for up to ten courses for free.

You can create your application in your own time, so you can consider, research and complete each section at your own speed. You can track your applications as they progress, and can also receive and reply to offers online. Apply online with UKPASS|

You will need to attach qualification transcripts, references and evidence of English language (if you are an overseas student) with your UKPass application. If these documents are not attached to your original application, this will delay the process of your application.

International students can also apply directly to DMU using our online applications portal|.

Contact details


Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
Admissions Team
De Montfort University
Edith Murphy Building
Leicester, LE1 9BH

Online enquiry form|

T: +44 (0)116 250 6070
E: hls@dmu.ac.uk|
W: dmu.ac.uk/hls|

What our Students Say

“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.”
JNC post grad diploma in youth and community work Davina Daniels


 
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