MA/PGDip/PGCert Developmental and Therapeutic Play

  1. Course Variations
    Nomenclature Duration Mode Of Attendance
    MA 1Yr FT
    MA 3Yr PT
    PGDip 1Yr FT
    PGDip 2Yr PT
    PGCert 1Yr FT
    PGCert 1Yr PT
  2. Typical offer:
    UK 2.2
  3. Taught at
    Swansea University's main campus

Course Overview

The Developmental and Therapeutic Play course aims to consider the developmental, educational and therapeutic potential of play at an advanced academic level through the combination of demanding intellectual work and sophisticated practical reflection.

Key Features

Teaching and Employability:

  • taught by well published academics and specialist practitioners
  • access to a multi-disciplinary team with strong links to similar university departments in Europe and around the world
  • hands on practical workshops as well as lectures and seminars
  • good record of graduate employment
  • employability supported by the university-wide careers service as well as the teaching team
  • numerous links with local businesses to increase prospects for work experience
  • fieldwork experience included as part of the programme
  • excellent teaching and learning experiences and cross-cultural insights developed through an international cohort
  • opportunity to pursue a PhD supervised by a well-qualified member of the team

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

MA 3 Year Part-time

Year 1 (Level 7 PGT)

HE Level 7 Masters / PGDip / PGCert

Students choose 60 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules

Year 2 (Level 7 PGT)

HE Level 7 Masters / PGDip / PGCert

Students choose 60 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
MA DATP pt y2 

Choose Exactly 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Choose 60 credits from the following modules (you must select the modules you have not undertaken in year 1):

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EYPM11Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)40Play Theory and Practice
EYXM01Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Researching Childhood
EYXM06Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Perspectives on Play
EYXM12Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Understanding and Observing Child Development
EYXM15Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Therapeutic Work with Children

Year 3 (Level 7 PGT)

HE Level 7 Masters / PGDip / PGCert
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
EYPM05Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)60Dissertation in Play

PGDip 2 Year Part-time

Year 1 (Level 7 PGT)

HE Level 7 Masters / PGDip / PGCert

Students choose 60 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules

Year 2 (Level 7 PGT)

HE Level 7 Masters / PGDip / PGCert

Students choose 60 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
PGDip DATP pt y2 

Choose Exactly 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Choose 60 credits from the following modules (select those modules you have not undertaken in year 1):

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EYPM11Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)40Play Theory and Practice
EYXM01Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Researching Childhood
EYXM06Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Perspectives on Play
EYXM12Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Understanding and Observing Child Development
EYXM15Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Therapeutic Work with Children

PGCert 1 Year Full-time

Year 1 (Level 7 PGT)

HE Level 7 Masters / PGDip / PGCert

Students choose 60 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
EYPM11Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)40Play Theory and Practice
Optional Modules
PGCert DATP 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Choose either of the following modules

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EYXM06Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Perspectives on Play
EYXM12Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Understanding and Observing Child Development

PGCert 1 Year Part-time

Year 1 (Level 7 PGT)

HE Level 7 Masters / PGDip / PGCert

Students choose 60 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
EYPM11Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)40Play Theory and Practice
Optional Modules
PGCert DATP 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Choose either of the following modules

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EYXM06Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Perspectives on Play
EYXM12Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Understanding and Observing Child Development

Description

Developmental and Therapeutic Play examines how children’s play develops and how children develop as they play. It explores evidence based play practice across a range of professional contexts. Play is an important element of provision across all Children’s Services in the UK and beyond. Graduate employment prospects are wide ranging and past students have secured a range of interesting posts.

This course offers the perfect opportunity to study children’s play at an advanced academic level, combining theoretical work with fieldwork experience and high-level reflection. It is taught by internationally recognised and well published academics in the field.

The course aims to deepen students’ understanding of the developmental and therapeutic potential of play. This includes how the environment and social interactions support children’s growing repertoire of play skills, with a particular emphasis on the inherent value of children’s self-directed play experiences.

The developmental, educational and therapeutic potential of play across multiple contexts are also considered i.e. inclusive play practice, observation, assessment and being able to identify when further professional assistance may be required.

Entry Requirements

  • a minimum of a second class honours UK (2.2) degree or above in a related discipline
  • non-graduate applications welcomed from those with significant relevant work experience without an undergraduate degree, (please email the programme manager for individual advice)
  • applicants may be asked to attend an interview
  • applicants will be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check (previously known as a Criminal Records Bureau, or CRB, Check)

International applicants:

  • English language requirements are a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in all domains, or a University approved equivalent, prior to starting the programme
  • completion of a DBS Check or an approved University equivalent

How To Apply

Applicants are encouraged to click apply online as this will make it easier to track their progress.

International students can obtain more information by clicking on www.swansea.ac.uk/international/students/apply

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2016/17 are as follows:

UK/EU International
MA Full-time £5,300 £13,300
MA Part-time £1,750 £4,450
PGDip Full-time £3,550 £8,850
PGDip Part-time £1,750 £4,450
PGCert Full-time £1,750 £4,450
PGCert Part-time £1,750 £4,450

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3%.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

International students and part-time study: If you require a Tier 4 student visa you must be studying full-time. If you are in the UK under a different visa category, it may be possible for you to study part-time. Please see our part-time study and visas page for more information.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

Students are likely to encounter additional costs at university. These can include, amongst others:

  • buying stationery and equipment, such as USB sticks, etc.
  • printing and photocopying
  • binding of research projects/ dissertations

Please note there are no mandatory additional costs specified for this course. 

Course Structure

This is a modular postgraduate programme consisting of 180 credits at level M.

The course is offered on a part-time basis with completion typically within three years.

Assessment 

Students are assessed throughout their coursework (e.g. written assignments such as research projects, child observations and essays and seminar presentations) and a dissertation of approximately 20,000 words. 

Who should apply?

This course is suitable for:

  • anyone with an interest in developmental and therapeutic play
  • with degree and/ or extensive experience in a related discipline e.g. childhood studies, education, psychology, sociology, mental health
  • those working in a clinical, hospital or social care setting with children, where understanding play would enrich their practice
  • teachers or learning assistants facilitating educational play whose practice and career prospects would benefit from specialist Master’s level training
  • Social workers, counsellors or therapists who would like to develop essential play skills for working with younger clients
  • playworkers or play development officers who would like to extend their expertise or seek promotion
  • practitioners working within the Welsh Foundation Phase, English Foundation Stage or other International Early Years provision. It is also relevant to other children’s workforce professionals such as primary school counsellors, playworkers, social workers, child and adolescent mental healthcare professionals, paediatric nurses and health visitors, psychiatrists and psychologists.
  • those looking to pursue a career in child counselling or play therapy, but do not yet meet the age or work experience requirements for clinical training.

Staff Expertise

Team members are active researchers and their work is well published.


Many past students have published their research or presented their findings at seminars and conferences. This is encouraged and supported by the academic team and demonstrates the high quality of work being produced.

Team members include:

Justine Howard – a psychologist specialising in child development and the developmental and therapeutic potential of play across professional contexts

Pete King – an expert in childhood studies and play provision across children’s services.

Amy Brown – a psychologist specialising in child health

Jill John – an expert in safeguarding and children’s rights

Zac Maunder – an expert in children’s emotional health

 

Careers and Employability

To read about Developmental and Therapeutic Play graduate, Trish Evans’ experience, click here: Trish Evans, MA Developmental and Therapeutic Play

This course is highly regarded resulting in specialist positions in education, international aid, counselling and pastoral care, social work, hospital/healthcare and playwork.

Graduates have secured posts in domestic violence teams, the prison service, hospitals and schools. Some have also set up their own businesses or have gone on to pursue further training in play therapy, counselling, psychotherapy or clinical psychology.

The College also offers supervision for students who wish to continue their studies in this field at PhD level. 

Voluntary work throughout the course is encouraged.

The College also provides career information and relevant job advertisements as well as career tutorials. Past graduates are involved in future teaching and publication of student research is encouraged.

 

Read our student profiles 


 Student Profile: Lisa Morgan, MA Developmental and Therapeutic Play
 

Work experience and volunteering

The College of Human and Health Sciences has links with a number of local children’s services who may be prepared to offer volunteering or work experience opportunities. 

Gaining experience is vital to building a strong CV and increasing employability on graduation. 

 

 

Postgraduate Community

The College of Human and Health Sciences has a vibrant postgraduate community with students drawn from a variety of backgrounds and nationalities. The College is known for its friendly, welcoming and supportive environment, which combined with its extensive facilities, state-of-the-art technology and superb beachside location, helps to ensure that students benefit from an exceptional student experience. 

Facilities 

In addition, students have access to a wide range of excellent facilities and equipment for realistic workplace experiences find out more here  or take a virtual tour  of the college.