MA Community and Youth Work
Available as a part-time or full-time programme.
L5K007 Community and Youth Work MA
This programme is ideal for those who are already practising or want to practise in the community and youth work field but do not yet have a professional qualification. This programme is professionally validated by the National Youth Agency (with JNC recognition) and combines academic study with professional practice development in two fieldwork placements. One period of fieldwork can be undertaken in students’ current places of employment, if appropriate. For those interested in specialising in a theme such as Sport, Faith or Creativity, there are opportunities to undertake focused study, fieldwork practice and research in these areas.
The programme consists of four taught modules, a dissertation module (Research in Community and Youth Work) and two periods of assessed fieldwork practice.
- Community Policy and Practice
- Youth Policy and Practice
- Professional and Personal Development
- Management in Community Settings
- Research in Community and Youth Work
- Fieldwork Practice Development 1
- Fieldwork Practice Development 2.
Subjects required, level and graded
Normally an upper second class honours degree or equivalent.
At least one year’s full-time practice experience in community and youth work or a related field (or part-time equivalent) is also required.
Applicants with substantial professional experience may be admitted by concession without an upper second class honours degree, providing that they have demonstrated an ability to undertake Masters level work.
Admission is subject to satisfactory Criminal Records Bureau Enhanced Disclosure check being undertaken upon an offer of a place being made, to assess whether applicants have any previous convictions that prevent them from working with vulnerable people.
English Language requirements
IELTS of 7 or equivalent with no element less than 6.5
Requirements and Admissions
The University accepts the following alternative English language tests and scores.
Information relevant to your country
Fees shown are for one year. Total fee will depend on the length of your programme. All fees are subject to annual increases. For more information please visit the Tuition Fees page www.durham.ac.uk/postgraduate/finance/tuition
EU student fees£6100
Home student fees£6100
Islands student fees£6100
International non-EU student fees£14900
Scholarships and funding
Durham University are offering over 135 scholarships for Home/EU postgraduate taught students in the academic year 2015/16. Funded by Durham University and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), we’re delighted to be part of a strategy to address under-representation within postgraduate education. These scholarships are part of the wider Postgraduate Support Scheme initiative.
The scholarships intend to support those students who wouldn’t otherwise consider postgraduate education. This may be because of financial barriers, personal caring commitments or because an applicant is domiciled in an area where progression to postgraduate education is less common.
Further information can be found here.
The programme commences in October of each year. The full-time programme lasts 12 months, and part time lasts 24 months.
The programme is comprised of seven modules, and time is divided between taught elements and fieldwork practice.
Full-time students undertake their first fieldwork practice part-time in terms 1 and 2, with the second period full-time in term 3.
Part-time students attend the University one day per week during terms 1 and 2. Additional study time totalling at least another half a day per week during term time is needed to meet the academic demands of the programme. The fieldwork practice in each year can be undertaken during term 3 and over the summer. The second period of fieldwork practice may be undertaken in existing employment if suitable. The first must be undertaken in another agency/project.
YEAR 1 (part-time) or DAY 1 (full-time)
Youth Policy and Practice
Community Policy and Practice
Professional and Personal Development
Fieldwork Practice Development 1
YEAR 2 (part-time) or DAY 2 (full-time)
Management in Community Settings
Research in Community and Youth Work
Fieldwork Practice Development 2
There are opportunities for students to undertake specialist study on the themes of creativity, faith or sport. Specialisms may be pursued within the Professional and Personal Development module, the research project and fieldwork practice.
Academic learning is assessed through 3,000 word essays, fieldwork reports, self-assessment, oral presentation and a 10,000 word research report. There are no examinations. To gain a Durham University MA, you must gain 180 credits at Masters level (pass mark 50%).
Applicants normally require a degree level qualification or equivalent (including approved professional qualifications), plus at least one year's practice experience in community and youth work or a related field. Where applicants have substantial experience, lower qualifications may be accepted, subject to submission of a written assignment to give evidence of their ability to study at this level. Alternatively, we may suggest you register for an individual module as a short course in the first instance, and use any assignment submitted for that short course to assess your ability to proceed onto a full programme. A Disclosure and Barring Service Enhanced Disclosure will be required on admission, which currently costs £44.
International students also need to satisfy the general requirements for admissions which can be found by following this link: General Requirements for International Students.
If you studied for your degree in any language other than English, you must take, and pass an English language test. The University expects you to have an IELTS score of 7.0 with no element lower than 6.5 or equivalent. If you have not yet reached this standard, you may be offered a conditional place on the programme. The University's English Language Centre offers courses of between one and three months, starting in June each year, which are designed to help you study in English.
As guidance, please can applicants provide 1 academic reference and 1 practice reference.
All applicants are required to pass an informal interview (by telephone or in person) with a member of programme staff as part of the admissions process. This informal interview also gives students an opportunity to discuss any queries they may have about the programme.
Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate in asking.
You can apply for this course through the University's online application process here.
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