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.
Structure and assessment
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
Facilities and features
Health and Life Sciences facilities
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.
The 19th century Hawthorn Building has facilities designed to replicate current practice in health and life sciences, including contemporary analytical chemistry and formulation laboratories, audiology booths and nursing and midwifery clinical skills suites.
Purpose-built clinical skills areas allow you to apply theory to practice in a safe environment. You will receive guidance and support from staff, to ensure that your practical ability in the clinical skills suites is accurate.
The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.
The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.
Our Learning Zones and the The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.
There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.
You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.
Opportunities and careers
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.
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.