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MA/PGDip/PGCert Developmental and Therapeutic Play

Swansea University


Gain an advanced understanding of how children learn and develop through play with our Master’s degree in Developmental and Therapeutic Play.

You will explore evidence-based practice in play across a range of professional contexts, combining in-depth theory with fieldwork experience.

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.

Throughout your studies, you will refine critical research and analytical skills valued by employers and develop professional reflective practice techniques.

Students will also achieve PgCert and PgDip exit awards during this course.


Your postgraduate qualification in Developmental and Therapeutic Play opens up a range of career opportunities in sectors including:

  • Education
  • International aid
  • Counselling and pastoral care
  • Social work
  • Healthcare
  • Play work
  • Domestic violence teams
  • Prison service

Our career support services include:

  • Employability workshops, employers’ talks, bespoke events and careers fairs
  • Individual advice and guidance from professionally qualified Careers Advisers
  • Help with finding jobs, internships, work placements and volunteering opportunities
  • Access to information resources on a wide range of career management topics
  • Funding to support student internship opportunities and Student Society/Club events.

We also provide help and advice for Swansea University Alumni up to two years after you graduate.

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Listed below are the documents required to apply for this course.
£16,100 Per Year

International student tuition fee

1 year


Sep 2024

Start Month

Aug 2024

Application Deadline

Upcoming Intakes

  • September 2024

Mode of Study

  • Full Time