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. 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.
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
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 or February
You should also normally have:
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.
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
Most core and option modules are launched during one of two block teaching weeks held each year, usually in October and February. These modules are supported by a wide variety of written material, individual and organisational tasks. You will be required to engage in a number of online seminars in each module. Contributions to them are compulsory, as is an attendance requirement.
Core modules include:
You will also choose from a diverse range of optional modules, depending on your preferred pathway and specific career interests, including:
Please contact us for optional module descriptions and further information. For completion of the full MA, you will also be required to undertake.
The department is home to the National Youth Work Collection and has one of the largest teams in the UK. Staff work with 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:
In the past six years, the authors in the division have published nine books and a range of papers.
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.
For more information please take a look at our Funding 2016 section
It is likely there will be some additional costs wherever you choose to study. Here at DMU, we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist laboratories and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs, which vary from course to course. We provide full details of all course fees, but these extra costs may include general living expenses, field trips, travel for work placement opportunities, materials, additional text books and others such as supplementary printing.
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