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Youth and community work is a unique and value-based practice that seeks to support and foster the development of young people and the wider community to enable all to reach their full potential. Underpinned by strong values of social justice Youth and Community Workers seek to critically analyse the social world and nurture the development of others through collaborative and creative practice leading to social change.

The main aim of the MA in Youth and Community Work with JNC professional qualification is to develop skilled, innovative and reflective practitioners, who are able to engage and develop positive relationships within communities, which lead to education and discovery. Through practice workers will demonstrate a clear commitment to promoting participation and empowerment, equality, partnership working and to the personal, social and political development of those involved.

This new MA Youth and Community Work programme has been designed in partnership with service users and leading professionals employed in the field. This collaboration ensures teaching is current and reflective of today’s youth and community work agenda preparing you effectively for a successful career.

Curriculum Overview

This course is delivered through a full-time (1 year) or part time (2 years) route and will provide you with a blend of academic and practice-based learning to develop both your theoretical understanding and experience through two professional practice placements. Students will build a solid foundation in youth and community work through an exploration of the theoretical frameworks of informal education and community development along with advanced studies examining key youth and community work methods and settings, contemporary issues, youth development, welfare and social policy.

  • Youth Work Theory and Practice (20 Credits)
  • Practice Placement 1: Linked to Youth Work Theory and Practice
  • Community Empowerment for Social Change (20 Credits)
  • Critical Themes and Issues Influencing Contemporary Practice (20 Credits)
  • Managing Youth and Community Work (10 Credits)
  • Advanced Research Seminars (20 Credits)
  • Dissertation Preparation and Research Methods (10 Credits)
  • Practice Placement 2 (20 Credits)
  • Dissertation (60 Credits)

Practice Placements will take place from November to June on a part time basis and between June and August for a full time placement. Liverpool Hope University has invested in a community settlement in North Liverpool through which students will develop their community practice. For the second placement students will have options in both the voluntary and statutory sector.

Teaching and Research

Students will experience a range of teaching methods, including lectures, small group seminars and tutorials, which enable discussion and shared learning. Through the course students will benefit from working with service users and professionals in the field who contribute to the taught programme and offer current and relevant experience to aid student learning.

The department is research active, contributing regularly to the published research community and at conference, with expertise across youth and community work spheres. The ethos of the department is focused on radical perspectives and promotes critical questioning of the social world leading to social justice with students encouraged to develop skills in critical analysis to understand inequality and oppression.

The department utilises a range of online resources to support students learning including a virtual learning environment Moodle encouraging connectivity between students and the programme content.


Youth and community work is a diverse practice, which subsequently provides a variety of career opportunities. This dedicated practice is focused on supporting both young people and adults within the community and can include working within education, health and community or welfare services. Youth and Community Workers are employed within a range of organisations including voluntary and community associations, local authorities, schools, social work teams and within youth offending services. 


Tuition fees for Home/EU students for 2019/20 are:



We offer a number of scholarships and loans to help fund your postgraduate studies. Visit our scholarships pages for more details.



If you are an international student, visit our international scholarships pages.

Visit the Youth & Community Work (MA) page on the Liverpool Hope University website for more details!




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