Students are required to completed their PG Dip with professional qualification before undertaking a practitioner research project to inform the Masters Dissertation.
Youth and community workers are in demand across a wide range of agencies and settings both locally and nationally. From main stream youth work running centres, projects in the Third Sector to work in schools and with youth work partners such as Public Health. The MA Youth and Community is not only responsive to the continuing professional development needs of students in the UK but is also transferable to other Youth and Community Work settings internationally.
The Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) accreditation is one of the few nationally recognised professional qualifications which places successful students in an excellent position to gain employment in a variety of youth related fields. The University has well established and on-going contact with local and national agencies and a developing rapport with international providers, so the career prospects for graduates of the programme are excellent.
This course is led by Dr Susan Cooper. The teaching team includes Prof Jon Ord, Christine Smith and Sue Wayman who are all seasoned and passionate professionals in the field of youth and community work. Christine Smith is a senior lecturer with extensive experience in the voluntary, community and statutory sectors. Christine’s research interests include youth and community work practice, social policy and the changing role of welfare, and youth work practice and workforce development. Prof Jon Ord has spent research time exploring the relationship between the theory and the practice of youth work and has authored two books on this subject. Dr Susan Cooper's research focus is on the process and practice of evaluation.