Taught course

Health and Community Development Studies

De Montfort University · Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

Entry requirements

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Months of entry


Course content

You will have experience of or be interested in using skills of group work, informal learning and activity, outreach and community work; particularly with young people and adults often identified as hard to reach.

Reasons to study Health and Community Development Studies at DMU:

  • Benefit from the flexibility of being able to tailor your learning specifically to your career interests - choose from two pathways
  • Opportunities to study part-time alongside your work commitments, mainly through distance learning
  • 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, including: sexual health, mental health, disability, drug abuse, parenting education, youth work and community development, children’s centres, housing and homelessness, youth offending and domestic violence
  • Benefit from an international reputation in the field, with over 55 years’ professional training experience and international work
Course modules

There are two pathways to choose from:

  • The generic pathway; offering the greatest flexibility
  • The management pathway; includes 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
  • Issues of Health and Well-being - introduces key concepts of health and well-being and the context of youth work and community development
  • Health and Social Research Methods - introduces strategies and methods of social science research commonly used in social and healthcare settings

You will also choose from a diverse range of option modules, (some are offered biennially) depending on your preferred pathway and specific career interests, including:

  • Mental Health
  • Contemporary Social Issues
  • Global Issues in Youth and Community Development
  • Managing Race and Diversity
  • Anti-oppressive Practice
  • Management of Services and People
  • The Negotiated Module

Please contact us for option module descriptions and further information. For completion of the full MA, you will also be required to undertake:

Dissertation - Students must choose a health related topic identified in discussion with academic staff.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

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Qualification and course duration


distance learning
24-36 months


distance learning
18 months


distance learning
12 months


distance learning
12 months

Course contact details

Admissions Department
0116 2577700