12 months
16100 GBP/year
7600 GBP/year
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Gain an advanced understanding of how children learn and develop through play with the Developmental and Therapeutic Play programme from Swansea University.

Visit the official programme website for more information


You will explore evidence-based practice in play across a range of professional contexts, combining in-depth theory with fieldwork experience.

This includes how the environment and social interactions support children’s growing repertoire of play skills, with a particular emphasis on the inherent value of children’s self-directed play experiences.

Throughout your studies, you will refine critical research and analytical skills valued by employers and develop professional reflective practice techniques.

Career opportunities

Your postgraduate qualification in Developmental and Therapeutic Play from Swansea University opens up a range of career opportunities in sectors including:  

  • Education
  • International aid
  • Counselling and pastoral care
  • Social work
  • Healthcare
  • Play work
  • Domestic violence teams
  • Prison service

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Play Theory and Practice
  • Understanding and Observing Child Development
  • Researching Childhood
  • Perspectives on Play
  • Therapeutic Work with Children

Key information


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

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • To apply for this course you will need a minimum of a second class honours UK (2.2) degree or above in a related discipline.

  • We also welcome non-graduate applications if you have relevant work experience. (Please email the programme manager for individual advice).
  • You may be asked to attend an interview and you will need a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check (previously known as a Criminal Records Bureau, or CRB, Check)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16100 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    7600 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7600 GBP per year during 12 months.

MA 2 Year Part-time 

  • UK - £ 3,800
  • International - £ 8,050
MA 3 Year Part Time
  • UK - £ 2,550
  • International - £ 5,350
PGDip Full Time
  • UK - £ 5,050
  • International- £ 10,750

Living costs for Swansea

727 - 1379 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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