Taught course

Youth work, Health and Community Development

De Montfort University · Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

Entry requirements

You need to demonstrate that you can work at masters level which can be achieved through having a first degree, normally 2:2 or above, or by having a range of academic and work experience. You may be required to undertake pre-registration modules before starting or complete an agreed portfolio of learning in the form of a 2,000 - 2,500 word precourse assignment, determined at application or interview stage.

Months of entry


Course content

The Youth, Health and Community Development MA focuses more broadly on wellbeing, social and welfare aspects of health, in relation to work with young people and communities. Students will need to focus on this area, particularly when undertaking their dissertation.

Programme is suitable for staff in local authorities, the NHS, voluntary and third sector who use group work, informal learning and activity, outreach and community work especially those working with young people and adults often labelled as hard to reach.

Example Course modules :

  • issues of Health and Wellbeing
  • Theory and Practice of Youth Work
  • Theory and Practice of Community Development
  • Health and Social Research Methods
  • Field Practice
  • Management of Services and People

Specialist modules
(15 credits) include:

  • Mental Health
  • Peer Health Learning
  • Designing, Delivering and Assessing Learning
  • Supervision in Youth and Community Development
  • Social Exclusion, Disaffection and Youth Work
  • Faith and Community
  • Development
  • Global Issues in Youth and
  • Community Development
  • Managing Race and Diversity
  • he Negotiated Module
  • Anti-Oppressive Practice
  • Young People, Active
  • Citizenship and Participation

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months
distance learning
24 months

Further details of qualification

Graduates follow a wide range of senior posts in youth work/health and community development in both the statutory and voluntary sector. An MA is a recommended qualification for workers to hold senior positions. Two teaching block weeks on campus each year in early October and late January are compulsory. There is a seven hour teaching commitment each day of the block weeks. Some optional modules are launched over weekends. The dissertation launch day is also compulsory – its timing is dependent on whether students enrol in October or January.

Course contact details

+44 (0)116 257 7700