Durham University

Durham University

Managing Community Practice

This programme provides an opportunity to engage in professional development for a range of professionals whose role includes engaging with communities, who wish to undertake related advanced study. It is ideal for those wishing to develop their understanding of the management of this work at a postgraduate level, especially for those who already have (or do not require) a professional qualification in community and youth work; this might include those practising in the fields of community development, neighbourhood regeneration, community health, community arts, community enterprise and professionals in a range of statutory and voluntary sector posts that have an element of community involvement and engagement.

Entry requirements

An upper 2nd Class Honours degree (2.1) or equivalent.

Course modules

Core modules: Community policy and practice (15 credits); critical analysis of communities; origins, history, and theoretical approaches to community development; contemporary forms of community development practice; community and public policy; professional and personal development (30 credits); theoretical perspectives informing current practice in community and youth work, including: Critical examination of the professional relationship and the paradigm of the reflective practitioner in community and youth work practice; reflection on: Developing understanding and skills in 1-to-1 communication and groupwork; opportunity to study an area of special professional interest in small groups; occupational standards; professionalism and professional ethics; personal experience of practice; professional and personal values; knowledge and competencies; professional and personal development needs; management in community settings (30 credits); critical analysis of a range of perspectives which have informed the management of organisations in community settings, including those relating to: Development of understanding in effectively managing and developing these organisations in the current context to increase their effectiveness in achieving their aims in ways that are consistent with professional values; personnel management; physical resource management; financial management; strategic management; change management; practitioner research and dissertation (60 credits); uses of research in social welfare policy and practice; approaches to social research; ethical issues in research; literature reviewing, sampling, data collection and analysis methods. Optional modules: Community analysis (15 credits); crime, justice and the sex industry (30 credits); critical examination of the historical, legal, social and cultural dimensions of the sex industry within the context of theories of crime and deviance, and social policies; analysis of the current politics of prostitution reform, at both local and global levels; an exploration of research studies that focus on the lived experience of people working in the sex industry; drugs, crime and society (30 credits); gender, violence and abuse (30 credits); policy related and evaluation research (15 credits); relationship between theory and empirical research in evaluation; defining and measuring outcomes; case study analysis; poster presentation and participatory evaluation; qualitative research methods in social science (15 credits); introduction to theory and research practice in qualitative methods; ethnography and grounded theory; group discussions; data analysis and management processes; quantitative research methods in social science (15 credits); sampling and sample design, questionnaire design; numerical taxonomy and cluster analysis in practice; methods for representing complex systems; youth policy and practice (15 credits); youth policy in the UK.

Assessment methods

Assessments are spread out throughout the year, and include a range of forms, including essays, a management analysis of an agency, a journal, and an oral presentation; there are no examinations.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,100 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,100 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 14,900 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,100 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,100 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,100 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MA Part-time October 2016 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Durham University Durham DH1 3LG North East

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School of Applied Social Sciences
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0191 334 1505