Health and Community Development Studies enables you to develop as an innovative, progressive practitioner able to engage reflectively with concepts and practices of social justice and equality. You will have experience of or be interested in using skills of group work, informal learning and activity, outreach and community work; particularly with young people and adults often identified as hard to reach.
Duration: One year full-time, two-three years distance learning (with occasional attendance)
Attendance: One teaching block week in October is compulsory. Further teaching days are dependent on the optional modules chosen. Some optional modules are launched over weekends. The second teaching block in February depends on your module choices (if you enrol in February the whole week will then be compulsory). All module launch days are compulsory.
Start date: October or February
You should also normally have:
Applications from individuals with no formal academic qualifications, but extensive practical experience, will be considered on an individual basis. You will need to attend an interview or participate in a telephone interview.
You must complete a declaration form and enhanced DBS disclosure, and criminal record certificate (from your home country), before starting the course, which need to be cleared in accordance with DMU’s admission policy. Contact us for up-to-date information.
Most core and optional modules are launched during one of two block teaching weeks held each year, usually in October and February. These modules are supported by a wide variety of written material, individual and organisational tasks. Students are required to engage in a number of online seminars in each module. Contributions to them are compulsory and an attendance requirement.
There are two pathways to choose from:
Core modules include:
You will also choose from a diverse range of option modules, depending on your preferred pathway and specific career interests, including:
Please contact us for option module descriptions and further information. For completion of the full MA, you will also be required to undertake:
The department is home to the National Youth Work Collection and has one of the largest teams in the UK. Staff continue to work with a range of organisations that work with young people including charities, voluntary and statutory agencies at local, national and international levels.
Thematic areas of interest include:
In the past six years, the authors in the division have published nine books.
Many of our graduates go into a wide range of senior posts in community health, youth work and community development work in both the statutory and voluntary sector, all over the world.
An MA is a recommended qualification for workers who want to hold senior positions. The MA is recognised internationally as a valid postgraduate level of study and its content is relevant for issues relating to a developing country’s health and community provision.
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It is likely there will be some additional costs wherever you choose to study. Here at DMU, we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist laboratories and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs, which vary from course to course. We provide full details of all course fees, but these extra costs may include general living expenses, field trips, travel for work placement opportunities, materials, additional text books and others such as supplementary printing.
As part of the university's commitment to enhancing the personal and career development of our graduates, we are offering you Alumni scholarship programme. For more information visit the Health and Life Sciences Alumni Scholarships page.
Students can apply directly to study this postgraduate taught course at DMU by using our online applications portal.
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