Taught course

Transformative Practice

University of Worcester · Institute of Health and Society

Entry requirements

You will be required to have either: 1. A good (first or second class) honours degree or B.Phil in a relevant subject for example in Youth and Community Work, Social welfare, Health, Social Work, Education , Social Policy Health Promotion Or 2. At least three years experience in working in a health and society related field and a relevant professional qualification (for example JNC, GSCC, PCEP (YJ), QTS) and evidence of ongoing professional development.

Months of entry


Course content

We are facing challenging times. The practice of Individuals and organisations need to adapt to the changing cultural, political and economic environment and in turn to the emerging issues raised by globalisation and climate change.

The MA in Transformative Practice is an multi-disciplinary approach to working with change which integrates practical skills with deep self-reflection with an emphasis on creative action in the world. The approach is informed by complexity theory and the core systemic ideas of connectivity, reciprocity, diversity and sustainability which aid examination of the relationship between consciousness and the world, and explore new possibilities for personal, social, and global transformation. Transformative practice explores new ways of being, relating, knowing, and doing, all requiring an openness to new perspectives, skills, and personal practices.

The aim of this programme is to prepare students to embody transformative leadership and mobilize their creativity in many different ways, whether in organizations, social movements, or a range of activities requiring personal initiative, dedication and passion to make a difference in a changing and increasingly uncertain environment. It will provide space for practitioners engaged in the management and delivery of services to reflect and think about the changes taking place in their organisations, communities and in the wider social environment. Practitioners will gain the specialised knowledge and understanding required to initiate transformative practice in these areas.

The programme offers an opportunity to engage with the changes which are impacting on practitioners who often find themselves in very different professional settings to the ones they qualified for.

The MA has a modular structure that is programmed over two years part time, during which you will take six taught modules and a dissertation. Each taught module will be delivered in a one week study block, Monday to Friday. This amounts to three study blocks a year plus an independent study.

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months

Course contact details

Dr Wayne Richards