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Play Policy and Practice, M.A.

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    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
The Play Policy and Practice programme offered by the Glyndwr University aims to develop students’ professional practice.  The programme is underpinned by contemporary play theory and introduces key tools, techniques and models to enable the student to establish a sound understanding of the theory and practice of the wider context of play across disciplines.


The Play Policy and Practice programme offered by the Glyndwr University incorporate knowledge content relating to the impact of adults on the play of children and adolescents, and indeed on the potential impact of those in positions of power on the play and/or playful exploration and expression of their workforce. It examines how environments can exclude and/or foster play and playfulness as well as the frames of reference and personal experience that inform and influence beliefs about and attitudes towards play. 

The students’ application of theory and understanding of play will be developed through practical, experiential sessions aimed at developing the students’ knowledge and confidence as practitioners.  Students will develop a more critical awareness and understanding of the concepts and theoretical frameworks that underpin contemporary understanding of play opportunities and their impact on well-being, relationships and inclusion. 

The programme offers the student an opportunity to utilise the processes and outcomes of an academic research study as a mechanism for professional development through enhanced research practices via an extended research project.  Students will select and apply appropriate techniques and analysis to answer a research problem as a means of improving insight and context into professional practices within a play-based area of practice.

The degree has a particularly unique application to the market in Wales as children’s access to sufficient opportunities for play in Wales is subject to legislation and has an acknowledged status in community life, with the consequential duty of providing opportunities and spaces through a well-informed workforce across a variety of disciplines. The programme explores the links between play and Wellbeing where appropriate.


As a work-based learning degree, students are required to be in a suitable role where play, policy and practice is, or could be, a factor in their current role. Students will be required to reflect upon professional experience and the work-based learning aspects of the programme are essential elements that underpin the core philosophy of the application of practice to theory.  Students entering the programme will draw upon their own context in order to apply the theories that apply to the development of play policies and practices at the local, national and international level.  The suitability of an applicant’s employment or voluntary role will be assessed through the interview process.

All modules will have an aspect of work-based learning and students will be advised that they would benefit from a work-based mentor.  The diverse nature of the multi-disciplinary cohort means that this is unlikely to be a formally identified role or position. 

The work roles that would benefit from this programme include:

Planners; Designers; Town centre managers; Leisure service providers; Environment officers and Park rangers; Housing officers; Architects; Community leaders; Politicians and local councillors; Play workers and play development teams; Educators; Childcare professionals; Youth workers; Criminal Justice professionals; Elder care providers; Family support workers; Health care providers; Social workers; Mental Health workers; and all those who train professionals in these fields. This is by no means an exhaustive list of all those who play a part in creating a culture, ethos and environment that celebrates play for all.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Mastering Professional Learning
  • Play: The question of power and permission within the relationship
  • Research Methodology and Enquiry in the Social Sciences
  • Play and the Environment
  • Dissertation

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:
    • We advise international students to apply as early as possible to allow us sufficient time to process your application.
  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 36 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

Candidates must hold one of the following qualifications prior to commencement of the scheme:

  • an initial degree in a relevant area;
  • an appropriate professional qualification;
  • a non-graduate qualification which the University has deemed to be of a satisfactory standard for the purpose of postgraduate admission.
  • a non-graduate may also be admitted to candidature provided that he/she has held, for a minimum of two years, a responsible position which is relevant to the scheme to be pursued. 

All applicants are interviewed by the Programme Leader.

All applicants must complete a DBS check appropriate to their role prior to an offer to join the course being made. This will be funded by the applicant.

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Tuition Fee

  • International

    12500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12500 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2825 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2825 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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