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This is an innovative course designed to qualify you as a professional youth and community worker and gain a JNC professional qualification in youth work. Read more
This is an innovative course designed to qualify you as a professional youth and community worker and gain a JNC professional qualification in youth work. The programme is professionally endorsed by Education Training Skills Cymru (ETS).

The Postgraduate Diploma Youth and Community Work (Initial Qualifying) has been designed to reflect the professional, policy, social, and cultural contexts that youth work within the UK, is currently engaged.

This course is for graduates from a relevant academic background and profession, looking to gain a JNC professional qualification in youth work and a postgraduate or MA qualification.

You may be an experienced youth worker but not yet hold a JNC professional qualification. This postgraduate programme meets the professional development needs of a growing statutory and voluntary social and education sector, that embraces for example, professionals working in youth work, community development, health, education, social care and youth justice.

The additional strengths at the University of South Wales include its focus on the development of critical thinking and leadership skills, and a greater understanding of the policy and practice context of this specific area of professional work. The focus on ethics, reflection and safeguarding complements this. The opportunity to both study, and directly experience, European models of practice with and for children and young people adds a further unique and interesting aspect to the programme.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/1275-postgraduate-diploma-youth-and-community-work-initial-qualifying

What you will study

As a student on the programme you will study the following core modules:
- Principles, Practice and Professional Foundations of Youth Work
- Ethics, Reflection and Safeguarding
- Social Pedagogy
- Professional Placement (180 hours) and linked teaching.
- Alternative Professional Placement (120 hours) and linked teaching.

Plus one of the following two optional modules:
- Managing and Leading Interdisciplinary Teams
- Research Methods and Project Management

You may then exit with a Postgraduate Diploma, or remain on the programme to complete your Dissertation (20,000 words) or Internship and Critical Report (15,000 words) and achieve the MA Working for Children and Young People.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed through a variety of written assignments, presentations, group work, distance learning tasks and a placement or work-based project.

Learning and teaching methods

Full-time: One year plus dissertation

Part-time: 2-5 years. Part-time students will normally be required to spend one day a week on campus for lectures. This will be supported by independent study and distance learning. This is ideal if you are looking to study and work in tandem. Your time on campus will vary if you choose the part-time route.

Students can also participate in individual stand alone modules based on your professional and CPD needs. The programme is timetabled flexibly and creatively and designed to complement employment. This will not lead to the initial qualifying (JNC) award as this depends on successful achievement of all modules.

You may also take the opportunity to participate in overseas study and work experience visits.

Employment Prospects

An MA is a highly regarded qualification for senior positions in youth and community work in both the statutory and voluntary sector. On completion of the full master’s programme, there may also be opportunities for you to progress into further study via a PhD route on application, both at the University of South Wales and other UK Universities. Our graduates will be well placed to seek advancement in their own professional areas or seek a change of employment.

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All applicants will be required to present a portfolio of their work and will be interviewed by teaching staff. The course welcomes international applicants and requires an English level of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. Read more
All applicants will be required to present a portfolio of their work and will be interviewed by teaching staff. The course welcomes international applicants and requires an English level of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

One of two strands of enquiry in arts practice at masters level (the other beting Arts Practice, Fine Art) the MA Arts Practice (Arts, Health and Wellbeing) course offers students the opportunity to explore their own art practice or to take an outward facing approach, in partnership with others. Students of the course develop the skills to evaluate, critique and implement methodologies, gaining the ability to articulate sound arguments relevant to their practice.

Graduates exploring the role of the Arts in realising health and wellbeing focus on the value of the arts in community engagement and also its impact on the environment. They make a significant contribution to the advancement of Arts in Health within Wales and further afield.

The broad and interdisciplinary nature ensures that our course reflects the diversity of activity and interest in this dynamic field.

The role of the arts in health and well-being is widely recognised and valued. The MA Arts Practice (Arts, Health and Wellbeing) course will be of interest to artists, arts or health managers, community workers and teachers, plus those with an interest in the relationship between arts and health. It aims to support and develop innovative practice and research in this vibrant and expanding sector, so you will be encouraged to engage in creative dialogue,collaboration and interdisciplinary working

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/940-ma-arts-practice-art-health-and-wellbeing

What you will study

The MA Art Practice course runs over two calendar years if you choose part-time study, or one calendar year for full-time study:

Part One
- Critical Studies in the Arts (20 credits)
Learn about systems of enquiry, how to understand and engage with objects and issues that affect your particular domain

- Arts Practice 1 (40 credits)
Develop your skills in your chosen discipline, challenging genre and context to develop an original body of work in either a studio context or placement.

Please note: For students studying part-time the above modules will be undertaken between October – June during your first year.

Part Two
- Arts Praxis (40 credits)
Refine and build upon your line of enquiry, develop new skills, producing a body of work within a studio context or placement which demonstrates complexity of understanding.

- Professional Practice in the Arts (20 credits)
Explore entrepreneurial, marketing and management aspects of contemporary practice within a framework of social, political, economic and cultural responsibility

- Major Arts Project (60 credits)
Complete a detailed project demonstrating praxis; an area of research and practice relevant to your concerns, utilising research methods appropriate for an arts scholar and an appropriate means of presentation.

Please note: For students studying part-time the above modules will be undertaken between October – September during your second year.

Learning and teaching methods

The MA Art Practice course is delivered using specialist facilities in our post-graduate studios which are available seven days a week. The MA Art Practice course makes use of lectures, guest speakers, workshops, demonstrations and tutorials, field trips and visits (additional costs will apply for field trips and visits). Contact time will include weekly workshops or seminars, and regular group and individual tutorials. You will also be expected to develop your area of practice independently.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

The course acknowledges the value of experience and partnerships to enable employability. A key element of the course involves establishing partnerships, internships, residencies and placements with arts organisations and galleries, NHS Trusts, social services, charitable trusts, schools, colleges, care homes and commercial companies to develop these. The course also develops your professional skills and positions your practice within critical and contextual frameworks.

You will have the opportunity to develop your practice and gain experience in the field through practical placements, mentoring and live projects matched to your needs whilst benefiting from specialist facilities and expertise to extend your skill sets.

Graduates can progress to careers in academia, arts administration, artists in residence, arts education, arts and disability, community arts, commissioned works, gallery administration and curatorship, health sector management, public art, studio practice, social services, and youth work.

Assessment methods

You will usually have to complete coursework as you progress, and normally sit exams at the end of each academic year.

Facilities

Practical facilities available to students include an MA base room, computer lab with software for digital imaging and film editing, printmaking studio, ceramics, casting, wood and metal workshops, photographic darkroom and studio.

Learning resources include the campus library, access to online journals and research.

Teaching

Our MA Art Practice staff are actively engaged in research, they embody a high level of knowledge, expertise and professional experience across a range of arts practices. Students on this course will benefit from interdisciplinary teaching delivered by a teaching team with extensive experience in exhibiting; project management; project realisation and practice within the public realm, NHS and community contexts.

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MA Working for Children and Young People is for those who are professionally qualified in youth work at undergraduate level and looking for professional and academic progression. Read more
MA Working for Children and Young People is for those who are professionally qualified in youth work at undergraduate level and looking for professional and academic progression.

What makes the MA Working for Children and Young People so different is its focus on inter professional practice, and how the needs of children, young people, families and communities can best be met in a rapidly changing policy, strategic and operational context.

The postgraduate course may interest graduates wishing to study a contemporary, relevant and challenging postgraduate programme who have studied related subjects, such as education, social care, health, youth offending, sports or community development or the voluntary sector.

You will recognise the increasing responsibility for those working in socio-educational, voluntary and third sector public services to collaborate in an increasing variety of inter and multiagency contexts. You will explore the benefits of exchanges of professional information and coordination of service responses to children, young people, families and communities. You will also study the ethical dimensions required to work effectively in inter-professional teams of service providers, whilst also learning about safeguarding and European models of practice with children and young people.

The additional strengths of this Masters programme include its focus on the development of critical thinking and leadership skills, and a greater understanding of the policy and practice context of this specific area of professional work.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/1241-ma-working-for-children-and-young-people

What you will study

As a student on the programme you will study the following core modules:
- Building Effective Partnerships
- Ethics, Reflection and Safeguarding
- Supervision and Support skills (including the All Wales Supervision Qualification for practice supervisors)
- Social Pedagogy
- Managing and Leading Interdisciplinary Teams
- Research Methods and Project Management
- Dissertation (20,000 words) or Internship and Critical Report (15,000 words)

Assessment methods

You will be assessed through a variety of written assignments, presentations, group work and distance learning tasks.

Learning and teaching methods

The course can be studied on a full-time or part-time basis which would be perfect if you are looking to balance study and work.

Full-time: one year taught plus dissertation.

Part-time: two to five years.
You will normally be required to spend one day a week on campus for lectures.This will be supported by independent study and distance learning. Your time on campus will vary if you choose the part-time route.

Students can also participate in individual stand alone modules based on your professional and CPD needs. The programme is timetabled flexibly and creatively and designed to complement employment. You may also take the opportunity to participate in overseas study and work experience visits.

Employment Prospects

Masters graduates will be well placed to seek advancement in their own professional areas or seek a change of employment to another professional field.On completion of the full MA programme, there may also be opportunities for you to progress into further study via a PhD route on application, both at the University of South Wales, and other UK universities.

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Ideal for practitioners, managers and policy makers, this Masters degree is the first of its kind in the UK with a specialist focus on the theory and practice of offender management. Read more
Ideal for practitioners, managers and policy makers, this Masters degree is the first of its kind in the UK with a specialist focus on the theory and practice of offender management.

With recent changes to the organisation and management of community orders in the UK, and the partial privatisation of probation, there is now a greater focus on developing practices for managing post-sentence work with people who have been convicted.

This specialist Criminology Masters will provide graduates with the knowledge and theory to further influence and lead the development of practice in post-custody supervision. Throughout your studies, you’ll delve into the philosophy, theory and practice of working with individuals who are sentenced to either serve a community order or a prison sentence and who are subject to post-custody supervision.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/1852-msc-working-with-adult-and-young-offenders

What you will study

You’ll be encouraged to explore the criminal justice system in detail covering theories of crime, rehabilitation, retribution, deterrence, desistance and restorative justice. You’ll gain an insight into how different civil services (including prison and probation) work with offenders whilst also gaining a better understanding of the work carried out in the third and private sectors.

Guided independent study, a module in research methods, and a dissertation will also form part of your studies. You will also study a further option module available from a choice of topics including drug interventions, managing and leading interdisciplinary teams, supervision and support skills, ethics, reflection and safeguarding, restorative and approaches.

Learning and teaching methods

Taught by a team of lecturers with long-standing expertise in the field, you will learn through a mix of lectures, seminars and tutorials. As part of your studies you’ll also undertake independent study that will be supervised by a member of the teaching team.

The teaching team comprises of active researchers who specialise in drug use, crime prevention, homicide and violence, animal abuse, youth justice and youth policy, policing protests, informal justice and alternatives to prosecution and imprisonment.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

Upon successful completion of this Masters degree you could pursue a career in the criminal justice system, such as the police, courts, prison, probation services and youth offending services.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods are varied and include essays, critiques, written examinations, multiple choice tests, and oral and poster presentations. You’ll also be required to complete a dissertation of around 20,000 words on an individual piece of research, which may be work-related.

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The MSc Health and Public Service Management course has been designed for professionals working in healthcare organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors. Read more
The MSc Health and Public Service Management course has been designed for professionals working in healthcare organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors. The University has a long tradition of providing high quality healthcare management courses and has successfully delivered similar postgraduate programmes for over 20 years.

During the course, you will examine the challenges facing healthcare and related public service areas, making strong links between academic theory and management practice to create a relevant context. You will also specialise in a key area through your chosen dissertation topic.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/303-msc-health-and-public-service-management

What you will study

You will study 180 credits over the duration of the MSc Health and Public Service Management course. The modules you will study are:

Postgraduate Certificate
- Managing Resources and Projects (20 credits)
Develop the capability of dealing with current issues associated with resourcing the UK public sector.

- Managing People and Organisations (20 credits)
Analyse key concepts in organisational behaviour and management and evaluate these in a public sector context.

- Strategy and Leadership (20 credits)
Critically evaluate various approaches to strategy and leadership in the public service context and gain the practical skills to lead and manage services effectively.


Postgraduate Diploma
- Health, Policy and Innovation (20 credits)
Develop an awareness of different theoretical approaches to health and policy making and the ability to promote reflective thinking around public service innovation.

- Partnership Service Improvement and Delivery (20 credits)
Critically appraise recent approaches to managing and improving performance. You’ll examine and analyse the opportunities and constraints of providing collaborative public services.

- Conducting Research (20 credits)
Develop your ability to plan, execute and write up a piece of research whilst gaining a critical understanding of the nature of social and policy research.

MSc
You will complete a 40 credit dissertation on a topic you have selected.

Learning and teaching methods

During the course you will be taught through a combination of lectures and seminars. Leaders from the public sector are regularly invited to deliver guest lectures on topics embedded within the course, so you will benefit from their wealth of experience.

Full-time study involves completing the six taught modules and a dissertation over one full academic year. You will have 12 class contact hours over two days each week – Wednesdays and Thursday between 2-8pm.

For part-time students, the taught component is delivered over two academic years, with a commitment of around six hours on one day each week. You can expect to complete the course over three academic years, but the flexible modular structure allows you to progress at your own pace and combine study with work and/or personal commitments. During the first year of the MSc you will study on Wednesdays between 2-8pm. On your second year you will study on Thursday’s between 2-8pm.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

This course will develop your understanding, competence and confidence if you are a manager, or aspire to a position of significant managerial responsibility, in healthcare and related public service areas.

Your studies will help develop and refine your management techniques in the context of the healthcare sector. Therefore, upon graduation, you will be equipped with a broad management skill-set that can be applied throughout a range of public services but will also enable you to specialise in a healthcare profession.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed by coursework for each module, usually through work-based assignments that involve the application of academic theory to work practice. Coursework can range from reports to poster presentations, and even speeches.

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The MSc Public Health creates professionals who can lead and implement change in public health across the world stage. Read more
The MSc Public Health creates professionals who can lead and implement change in public health across the world stage.

The MSc Public Health was designed in consultation with Public Health Wales and supports the development of public health practitioners through enabling them to negotiate, plan, implement and evaluate policy and practice initiatives. The course also addresses wide-ranging public health issues that arise in diverse cultures, settings and environments.

The course curriculum is underpinned by standards set by the UK Public Health Skills and Career Framework, Faculty of Public Health and the National Occupational Standards for Public Health.

The MSc Public Health does not lead to registration on any professional register but can contribute towards preparation for Part A of the Faculty of Public Health examinations.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/618-msc-public-health

What you will study

Modules
- Evidence-based Public Health
- Sustainable Public Health
- Promoting Health in Diverse Environments
- Effective Prioritisation
- Health Promotion and Social Marketing
- Leading Change
- Publication and Dissemination

Plus one optional module from a list such as International Family Health.

Learning and teaching methods

The programme will be delivered using a blended learning approach, which includes lectures, online tools and group work to encourage critical skills. You will be expected to manage your own enquiry-based learning.

Learning alongside students from a wide range of disciplines and from other countries will ensure a rich learning environment concordant with contemporary multi-disciplinary approaches to public health.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

This degree opens up a variety of employment opportunities in the UK and internationally, and across the public and voluntary sectors, e.g, in schools, colleges and universities, advocacy organisations, international non-government organisations, consulting firms, local and national government organisations, health delivery organisations and community development organisations. There is also opportunity to work in global organisations such as the World Health Organisation.

Assessment methods

A range of assessment methods will be used, including poster and powerpoint presentations, academic assignments, production of management briefs, reflective accounts, a literature review and an epidemiology exam.

You will also have the opportunity to prepare a piece of work for potential publication through the Publication and Dissemination module.

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In recent years, there has been growing emphasis on an intelligence led approach to delivering community safety and reducing crime and disorder. Read more
In recent years, there has been growing emphasis on an intelligence led approach to delivering community safety and reducing crime and disorder.

Data analysis, community consultation and other methods are needed to ensure that resources achieve maximum effect, while engaging with communities in delivery. This flexible qualification is for professionals who require specific training and development to meet the challenges of such an approach.

Tuition is designed not only to equip you with the latest knowledge from the field, but also the skills to research and apply this in your workplace. Achieving this award will recognise the value of the higher level, professional activities conducted by practitioners in this field. It will be of particular interest to those working in community safety, policing, crime prevention, fire and rescue services, youth offending, probation, health services or local authorities.

Throughout the course, you will have full support and access to tutors with experience in this field. Discussion sessions are also built into the course, which are ideal to exchange good practice and work-related ideas with fellow professionals from across the country.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/605-msc-community-and-partnerships

What you will study

You will study the following modules:

Postgraduate Certificate (PgC)
- Problem-orientated Partnerships
- Community Safety
- Researching Contemporary Issues
- Neighbourhood Analysis and Performance

Postgraduate Diploma (PgD)
- Strategic Partnerships
- Violent Extremism and Terrorism
- Community Issues

MSc
This award requires completion of a Dissertation Development module and a dissertation.

Learning and teaching methods

You will study this award by a combination of lectures, tutorials and discussion groups. Your learning will be supported by the course team, textbooks and related documents supplied by the university, supplemented by access to resources held on the university’s online learning system, assisting home study. The course is delivered at the university and requires attendance one afternoon a week.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

This creative, flexible course is for professionals who want to develop their expertise and network with other practitioners in this area.

Graduates will be equipped with the knowledge for successful partnership interventions, the skills to research and apply this for the benefit of communities and their respective organisations, and the problem solving skills for a multi-professional approach in a contemporary workplace.

Assessment methods

Assessments will be work-based, including critical essays and reflections on discussion groups.

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