Taught course

Developmental and Therapeutic Play

Swansea University · Childhood

Entry requirements

Applicants normally require a relevant Honours degree (2.2 or above) in a related discipline or its equivalent. Applicants unsure as to the suitability of their qualifications should contact the admissions tutor. Applicants who do not have an undergraduate degree, must have significant relevant work experience. In these cases the admissions tutor will assess the appropriateness of this experience in relation to the programme. Applicants may also be asked to attend an interview. Applicants will be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check (previously known as a Criminal Records Bureau, or CRB, Check) or a Swansea University accepted equivalent for international students.For all full-time Childhood Studies taught programmes: IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in each component) or Swansea University recognised equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

The Developmental and Therapeutic Play course aims to consider the developmental, educational and therapeutic potential of play at an advanced academic level through the combination of demanding intellectual work and sophisticated practical reflection.

This course offers the perfect opportunity to study children’s play at an advanced academic level, combining theoretical work with fieldwork experience and high-level reflection. It is taught by internationally recognised and well published academics in the field.

The course aims to deepen students’ understanding of the developmental and therapeutic potential of play. 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.

Modules typically include:

• Working Therapeutically with Children and Young People

• International Perspectives on Play and Learning

Research Methods for Early Childhood

• Creative Play Practice

Developmental and Therapeutic Play

Information for international students

Since its foundation in 1920, Swansea University has embraced opportunities to think globally. The vibrant mix of nationalities and cultures on campus greatly enriches our learning and teaching environment. We understand the type of support our international students need to help them settle into student life in a new country.

Fees and funding

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out more about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page: www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/scholarships

Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months
full time
12 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


part time
12 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Justine Howard
+44 (0)1792 518695