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MA Youth and Community Work

Course Description

MA in Youth work offers both a professional qualifying route for those looking to gain a professional qualification in Youth Work and an academic route for those seeking CPD opportunities.

The MA is underpinned by a key set of principles and values and also addresses contemporary issues affecting work with Young People in society. Youth Work is a profession with a clearly stated purpose, values, and principles. The key purpose of Youth Work in the United Kingdom is to: ‘Enable young people to develop holistically, working with them to facilitate their personal, social and educational development, to enable them to develop their voice, influence and place in society and to reach their full potential’. This statement refers to the holistic development of young people, recognising that personal, social and educational development can also include, for example, physical, political and spiritual development (LSIS, 2012).

Youth Work regards itself as rare among wider services for young people; being driven by a clear set of agreed values, these values are summarised in the National Occupational Standards for Youth Work and include: Participation and active involvement; Equity, diversity and inclusion; Partnership with young people and others; and, Personal, social and political development.

The Programme is committed to a vision of Youth Work clearly based upon these principles, including the voluntary engagement of young people being fundamental to the process of Youth Work.

The programme team are committed to teaching a form of Youth Work which has at its core the importance of providing safe environments for young people and of supporting their safety as well as their development and well-being. Fundamental to the MA in Youth Work are also the principles of equality and inclusion.


Researching and Reflecting upon Youth and Community Practice
Social Education
Professional Practice
Sustainable Communities
Outreach and Detached Youth Work
Adolescent Psychology


• The MA Youth Work offers both a professional qualification in Youth Work and opportunities for CPD.
• The programme can be undertaken bilingually.
• Fieldwork opportunities offering links to employment.
• Professionally Qualified staff who are research active.
• Opportunities to progress to PhD.

For information on our postgraduate study scholarships please visit: http://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/bursaries/

Visit the MA Youth and Community Work page on the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

Applicants will require a first Degree and Youth Work experience.

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