M.A. Youth and Community Work

Manchester Metropolitan University

Application deadline: As early as possible
Tuition fee:
  • € 4,740 / Year (EEA)
  • € 14,480 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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This course is for graduates with relevant experience, particularly in working with young people and provides students with real and substantial practice experience supported by links to current thinking and theory in the field. The course as a whole seeks to explore social education strategies and community development as a process of empowerment and there is a particular emphasis on understanding policies and practices which counter discrimination and promote equality.

The course leads to a professional qualification validated by the National Youth Agency and recognised by the Joint Negotiating Committee of Youth Leaders and Community Wardens. There is a strong emphasis on professional placements and as a graduate you will be well placed to gain employment in sector agencies.

Features & benefits of the course
* Professional development and recognition.
* Contemporary partnership contexts fully explored.
* Positive commitment to exploring issues of equality and diversity in an urban context
* The course offers January and September start dates

Career prospects
This qualification can lead to employment in a diverse range of youth and community settings, including; youth support and community development, voluntary and third sector practice, school inclusion and positive activites courses, arts and sports-based work, community wellbeing initiatives, active citizenship and volunteering programmes.


This course offers the opportunity for you to take an initial professional qualification in youth or community work. The entire course seeks to explore social education strategies and community development as a process of empowerment and there is a strong emphasis on understanding policies and practices which counter discrimination and promote equality.

In addition you will undertake a 60-day fieldwork practice placement and a 15-day community audit. See Placements tab for further details.

You will have the opportunity to research a particular area of professional practice if you progress from the PgDip to the MA.

The full-time course is 2 years in duration. On successful completion of all modules in Year 1 you will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Youth and Community Work and gain your professional youth and community status.

In Year 2 you will undertake independent study focusing on the completion of Research Methods/MA Dissertation.

The part-time route is 3 years in duration:

* Year 1 - Modules and Community Audit
* Year 2 - Fieldwork Practice/Options
* Year 3 - Research/MA Dissertation

On successful completion of all modules in Years 1 and 2 you will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Youth and Community and gain your professional youth and community status.

Students may take up to 4 years to complete their MA dissertation.

* Core Units All Equal All Different/Independent Study A unit which enables the exploration of difference as a resource in community development/community cohesion with particular reference to race and ethnicity.

Community Education for Social Change The unit will develop the popular education and critical perspective concepts discussed at Levels 4 and 5, with particular emphasis on the dilemmas post for critical reflective practitioners, and strategies for effective youth and community work practice.

Dissertation Consists of a 12,000-15,000 word dissertation on a subject of your choice.

Participatory Enquiry and Reflective Practice in Youth and Community Work A unit which support and assesses learning in two practice settings in relation to professional competence in youth and community work.

Partnership Working You will be able to critically reflect on current debates and issues about the nature and context of interprofessional and partnership working and demonstrate the impact of professional skills in relation to guidance practice. For example, effective referral, advocacy, networking skills and conflict resolution. You will have the knowledge to assess the role and contribution of relevant agencies and critically analyse concepts concerning organisational culture and management of change in the context of Guidance Agencies.

Principles and Practice of Youth and Community Work This unit introduces the theory and practice of informal education, community development, critical reflective practice, partnership working and empowerment.

Reflective Practice Placement This unit is undertaken in two different work settings, in order for students to demonstrate professional competence in youth and community work.

Research and Dissertation Youth and Community Work The dissertation is an extended piece of writing which reports on a research project undertaken by the student in an area relevant to youth and community work.

Research Methods This unit gives an understanding of how to carry out both primary and secondary research for academic purposes

Sexual Identities in Professional Practice This unit enables you to focus on specific themes of community and youth work focusing on sexual identities. The course explores the theme of sexual identities as they impact on both the professional and the young people with whom they work.

Sustainable Communities This unit explores a variety of theoretical perspectives on the issue of what makes a sustainable community.

Assessment details
Reports, written and oral assignments, and a practice placement. Dissertation for Masters.


You will normally have an undergraduate honours degree or equivalent professional qualification, demonstrable understanding of and interest in preventing unjustifiable discrimination and disadvantage, and a range of relative experience.

English language requirements
International students will be required to demonstrate a sufficiently high standard of English language ability. In order to enter most postgraduate courses the English requirements are: IELTS 6.5, TOEFL 575, TOEFL computer-based 230. Please note some programmes may have higher English language requirements. Applicants who don't meet the English language entry requirements may be able to join an English language course at MMU before starting their postgraduate programme. Our Centre for Academic English offers a range of courses in General and Academic English and it also offers pre-sessional English courses. Courses vary in length from eight to 30 weeks, depending on students' current level of English.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
TOEFL paper-based test score : 575

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.


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