Masters degrees in Community Work help postgraduates learn the skills and expertise to work across a range of service provisions that offer support and education to vulnerable and disadvantaged groups of people.
Related subjects include International Social Work and Community Development. Entry requirements typically include an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject, such as Social Science or Nursing.
Community Work is vital to many disadvantaged and vulnerable people. Professionals in this field support individuals and groups that find themselves in difficult situations, such as poor finances, unemployment and ill health.
For example, you might study the provision of rehabilitation services for communities with high levels of substance abuse, or sexual health clinics to alleviate the spread of STIs in deprived areas.
Alternatively, you might support communities with high numbers of refugees or asylum seekers, helping them to find work and get used to life in their new surroundings.
Careers vary greatly, but may include work within community centres, foster homes, children’s homes or nursing facilities. You might also wish to explore routes in humanitarian aid, public administration and policy-making.
This unique programme is aimed at international and UK students with an interest in international social work, community development, and comparative social policy. The programme examines advanced knowledge about the theory and practice of social work and community development in an international context. You will be encouraged to develop a critical understanding of global social issues (such as social exclusion, poverty, environmental degradation, and disasters) and relate this knowledge to developments in their own country. You will be equipped with the skills to engage in research and to apply research findings effectively in practice. The programme includes a two-week field-based learning opportunity in a social work or community work agency. The dissertation provides space for you to carry out research on an aspect of social or community work in the UK.
Durham University is a world leader in international social work and community development research, theory, and practice. Our social work team has edited the prestigious International Social Work journal and works closely with social work’s key international organisations - , the International Association of Schools of Social Work, .the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW), and the International Council of Social Welfare (ICSW). Its Programme Director also represents social work at the UNFCCC and other UN bodies.
You will study in a small group of international students, and also alongside UK students on postgraduate social work and research degree programmes. This will give you plenty of opportunities to share knowledge and experience in addition to your learning through lectures, presentations and seminars.
The MA consists of five core modules, designed to give you an understanding of social work as it is practiced in the UK, and a thorough grounding in research methods and their application. You will also choose two specialist modules according to your particular professional interests. Finally, you will undertake a research project and write a dissertation. To achieve the Master's degree, you must accumulate a total of 180 credits, as listed below.
International Social Work (30 credits)
Social Work: Context and Practice (30 credits)
Community Development and Organising (15 credits)
Practitioner Research and Dissertation (60 credits)
Field Based Learning (15 credits)
Note students are required to pay for travel costs to and from their fieldwork practice placement.
These are subject to staff availability. In previous years, typical modules offered were:
Youth Policy and Practice (15 credits)
Management in Community Settings (30 credits)
Policy Related and Evaluation Research (15 credits)
Statistical Exploration and Reasoning (15 credits)
Quantitative Research Methods in Social Science (15 credits)
Qualitative Research Methods in Social Science (15 credits)
Theorising Crime and Criminal Justice (30 credits)
Crime, Violence and Abuse (30 credits)
Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study Community and Primary Healthcare Practice at Swansea University - 'Welsh University of the Year 2017' (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017).
The Community and Primary Healthcare Practice course provides a flexible opportunity for practitioners wishing to enhance their leadership, research and educational expertise within community and primary and public healthcare practice.
- a new course designed to help practitioners develop their role in community, primary care and public health practice.
Teaching and Employability:
- closely linked to current Welsh Government and Department of Health policy, practice and services
- students are encouraged to explore and reflect on their own community and primary healthcare practice with the potential for contribution to the development of innovative, cross-disciplinary research outputs
- the course enhances career development and promotion opportunities for successful students
- students are supported in clinical practice by an experienced and prepared mentor
To ensure that our communities are strong and sustainable, it is important to continue to improve the health and well-being of our population.
The government’s investment in public health and primary care emphasises the importance of good leadership and the need for innovative practice.
Community practitioners are vital to improving the health of the population as they are committed to working with individuals, families and communities within the public health agenda.
Their expertise in public health allows them to have insight into how social and environmental factors can influence the health and well-being of people in society.
The Community and Primary Healthcare Practice course helps practitioners to develop their role in protecting, promoting and improving public health.
The Community and Primary Healthcare Practice course uses a range of teaching and learning methods which offer a variety of opportunities. Teaching is carried out through formal taught sessions and discussion groups/seminars using action-based learning approaches.
The degree in Community and Primary Healthcare Practice offers the option for students to engage in a work-based learning module as part of the Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma programmes.
The Community and Primary Healthcare Practice course is a modular postgraduate course consisting of 180 credits at level M.
The course is offered on a part-time basis with completion typically within three years.
Community and Primary Healthcare Practice students are assessed throughout their coursework (e.g. written assignments such as research projects and essays and seminar presentations) and a dissertation of approximately 20,000 words.
The MSc Community and Primary Healthcare Practice course offers students the option to engage in a work-based learning module. This requires an arrangement between the student, personal tutor and practice facilitator and as such will require collaboration with the NHS Health Boards and/or independent healthcare sector to ensure adequate support and supervision in the workplace.
Existing partnerships are well established and this programme will suit current arrangements.
Modules on the Community and Primary Healthcare Practice course may include:
Continuing Your Professional Development in Community and Primary Health Care Practice
Working in Community and Primary Health Care Practice
Working in Community and Primary Mental Health Care Practice
Working with Individuals, Families & Communities in Primary Health Care Practice
Foundations in Research
Pastoral support is offered by personal tutors and the Swansea University student support and health services are recommended to students and stipulated in student handbooks.
Blackboard has a dedicated tab for student services which provides money advice, information about wellbeing services, equal opportunities and accommodation issues.
In cases where students have personal or any other kind of problems that they would prefer not to discuss with College lecturers, they are able to talk with a Student Counsellor.
Similarly, if lecturers feel that the concern the student has expressed is better discussed with the Student Counsellor, they will suggest to the student that he or she make an appointment for an interview.
The Community and Primary Healthcare Practice course sits within the Department of Public Health, Policy and Social Sciences.
The community and public health team is well-qualified and experienced. It comprises one professor and four lecturers. Members of the team are registered with the:
Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
Royal College of Nursing (RCN) and the Community Practitioners and Health Visitor Association (CPHVA)
Queen's Nursing Institute
All academic members of the team hold a Master’s degree and/or a Doctorate.
The College of Human and Health Sciences has a vibrant postgraduate community with students drawn from a variety of backgrounds and nationalities. The College is known for its friendly, welcoming and supportive environment, which combined with its extensive facilities, state-of-the-art technology and superb beachside location, helps to ensure that students benefit from an exceptional student experience.
In addition, Community and Primary Healthcare Practice students have access to a wide range of excellent facilities and equipment for realistic workplace experiences.
Are you an educator of any description? Do you work in Schools, youth work, community arts, adult and community learning, educational challenges, housing, planning, social work or link professions or organisations? This programme offers you the opportunity to further develop your skills and knowledge towards enriching your practice and promotional opportunities within this sector. The programme does not impede on your ability to work, in fact it is a complementary study programme which you can use in your working life or voluntary work.
The programme contains a mix of online and campus (blended) learning and this opens up opportunities to work with the Creative Learning Team at Aberdeen City Council and other departments and it ensures that skills and knowledge you gain are of industry relevant standard. The programme is also a work based route to obtain the Community Learning and Development professional qualification.
This programme is of relevance to those already working within Community Learning and Development or individuals who want to move into these areas and do offer some voluntary work or experience in order to progress into this field. It can be a hugely rewarding area in terms of educational value to individuals and communities and progression routes for those people either within work or social experiences which add to their employability and life experience. There are many charities, heritage attractions, museums and other organisations which rely on community involvement to educate others.
Compulsory Courses for MSc
Find out more detail by visiting the programme web page
programme web pahttps://www.abdn.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-taught/degree-programmes/967/community-learning-and-development/
£925 per module
*Please be advised that some programmes have different tuition fees from those listed above and that some programmes also have additional costs.
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This course is for students who have completed the PGDip in Community Health Care Nursing and who wish to develop their academic skills in undertaking relevant research for practice.
This course will assist the practitioner to advance in their area of specialist practice. It will also assist with the dissemination of advanced knowledge skills to other colleagues, learners and other practitioners.
What will this course cover?
The course is based on a work based project involving primary research and/or an extended literature review in their area of interest.
You will then need to produce a dissertation based on that project of about 15.000 words.
Support and supervision for the dissertation will be offered on an individual basis and guided reading for further study will be provided as necessary.
Why choose this course?
On successful completion of the programme a graduate will be able to:
• show a systematic approach to the analysis of research in the context of professional practice delivery.
• make sound judgements in the absence of complete data and communicate conclusions clearly.
• demonstrate mastery in the understanding of the approaches to the delivery and evaluation of quality health and social care in the community setting.
• Show a systematic approach to the analysis of research in the context of professional practice delivery.
How will I be taught and assessed?
Students will be allocated a supervisor for the duration of the study who will be a member of the academic teaching team for the course with an interest in the area of study. The students will be provided with a handbook to guide and support them through the dissertation process.
Students will meet as a group on a number of occasions throughout the year according to expressed need for guidance on the process of undertaking the research project and discussion of experiences with other students.
They will be offered the opportunity to present their ongoing findings to the group either face to face or online. In addition to this, students will be invited to attend the research seminars presented by staff working in the Faculty Research Centre.
The virtual learning environment will be fully utilised to support students in distance learning and communication will be maintained through discussion boards with supervisors and other students.
This course gives you an understanding of the complexities of working within a community setting, giving an increased awareness of strategic influences on policy.
With the changing demographics of patients being cared for in their own homes, this programme provides you with an underpinning knowledge to equip you with skills to care effectively for patients/clients in their own homes or community settings.
How to apply
Apply here: http://bucks.ac.uk/applynow/
There are a range of funding opportunities for postgraduate students which include sponsorship, bursaries, scholarships and loans: http://bucks.ac.uk/fees_funding/postgraduate-masters-scholarships/
We welcome enquiries from appropriately qualified applicants with research interests in community and youth work.
Current research topics include:
You will be assessed by thesis and viva voce.