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Youth and Community Development Studies

De Montfort University

12 months
15100 GBP/year
5725 GBP/year
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Are you a practitioner looking to expand your knowledge and gain a deeper understanding of the complex and continually changing contexts in which you work? This Youth and Community Development Studies MA/PG Dip course from De Montfort University is an ideal choice to advance your professional abilities and develop the support you provide to vulnerable young people. 


Would you like a rewarding career supporting vulnerable young people? Do you have a passion to help them reach their full potential? A career in youth and community development is the opportunity to make a crucial difference to people’s lives. 

The blend of practical and academic skills you’ll be taught on this Youth and Community Development Studies MA/PG Dip course from De Montfort University can prepare you for a range of jobs across several sectors. It will help develop you as a progressive practitioner, providing opportunities to explore various concepts and practices of social justice and equality. With the option to study either full-time or part-time, you can manage your studies effectively alongside work commitments. This programme is ideal for those 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. 

Throughout this Youth and Community Development Studies MA/PG Dip course from De Montfort University you’ll benefit from inter-professional learning as the course attracts professionals from a variety of settings and sectors worldwide, including parenting education, youth work, children’s centres, sexual health, drug and substance 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.

Graduate careers

  • 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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Theory and Practice of Community Development 
  • Theory and Practice of Youth Work
  • Health and Social Research Methods
  • Issues of Health and Well-being
  • Mental Health
  • Contemporary Social Issues

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines


120 alternative credits
  • PgDip: 120 credits
  • MSc: 180 credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Demonstration of ability to work at master’s level which can be achieved through having a first degree, normally at 2:2 or above, or by having a range of academic and work experience
  • You are normally expected to have a professional qualification in an area related to work
  • You must be engaged in at least 12 hours’ appropriate work, paid or unpaid, per week
  • You should also normally have:

  • Relevant and significant field experience
  • Proven ability to reflect on practice, critically examine concepts of informal education and justice, awareness of social welfare needs in a youth and community development context

More requirements:

  • Download and complete the international application form
  • A copy of your qualifications
  • A copy of your English language certificate
  • A personal statement of at least 500 words explaining why you want to study your chosen course at DMU and any additional information that will support your application
  • A copy of your passport
  • Two references

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15100 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    5725 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5725 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • EU: £15,100


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