Community and Youth Work
Durham University has been at the forefront of the development of theory and practice in Community and Youth Work for many years. Programme staff are active in international and national research and publication, and at the same time maintain influential links with the field of policy-making and professional practice.
Community and Youth Work via informal and social education enables people to become more active participants in the decisions affecting their lives. It involves working towards personal and social change by breaking down barriers to participation in society, particularly discrimination on the grounds of race, gender, class, disability, age, sexual orientation or religion.
- a professionally-qualifying Masters programme in Community and Youth Work;
- a flexible Postgraduate Certificate/Postgraduate Diploma/MA Managing Community Practice for those wishing to develop their career and practice;
- a flexible Postgraduate Certificate/Postgraduate Diploma/MA Managing Youth Work Practice for those wishing to develop their career and practice;
- a range of additional short courses for continuing professional development;
- research degrees;
Why study Community and Youth Work at Durham University?
Durham University offers a thriving centre for professional development in Community and Youth Work that is nationally and internationally recognised for the quality of its teaching and research.
Outstanding professional development opportunities are on offer for the full range of related professions working with children, young people, their families and surrounding communities. By working alongside Social Work, Social Policy, Criminology and Sport in the School of Applied Social Sciences, teaching is informed by research from a diverse range of related academic disciplines. Past students have come from and progressed into a wide variety of roles, including working as Youth Service Managers, Youth Offending Team Officers, Community Development Workers, Teenage Pregnancy Workers, Connexions Advisors, Children’s Services Managers, Youth Policy Advisors and Voluntary Sector Managers. As a result, students have particularly valued the excellent opportunities provided by our programmes for developing and exchanging learning across these related professional settings.
Research-based practice development:
In changing policy contexts, Durham University’s programmes offer an ideal way to develop theory and practice which can sustain this work in ways that are critically informed by longstanding professional value commitments. Lectures and seminars enable you to access the latest research findings and explore the implications for your own practice. Programmes also include optional opportunities to specialise in sport or faith-related work, and/or to undertake your own research into your own context.
Supporting your career development:
Many of our previous students have found that a postgraduate qualification from Durham University has enhanced their careers, helping them to get promotions or move into new fields with confidence and improved skills. In addition, the MA Community and Youth Work programme is recognised as professionally validated by the National Youth Agency on behalf of the Joint Negotiating Committee.
Hear more about these benefits of our programme through these short video clips of students and current staff.