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.
Why Developmental and Therapeutic Play at Swansea?
Based on our College of Human and Health Sciences, you will benefit from a diverse teaching and research environment, with many opportunities to make connections across disciplines.
According to the most recent Research Excellence Framework in 2014-2021, over 75% of the research carried out at the college was of international or world-leading quality.
We have strong links with a range of research networks and similar departments in universities in Europe and around the world, so your learning is informed by the latest policy and practice developments.
Your Developmental and Therapeutic Play Experience
Our academic staff are active in a wide range of research fields, offering an unrivalled mix of academic excellence and current policy and practice expertise.
You will be joining a university that is ranked first in the UK for postgraduate student satisfaction (What Uni 2017).
Developmental and Therapeutic Play Careers
Your postgraduate qualification in Developmental and Therapeutic Play opens up a range of career opportunities in sectors including:
- International aid
- Counselling and pastoral care
- Social work
- Domestic violence teams
- Prison service
To apply for this course you will need a minimum of a second class honours UK (2.2) degree or above in a related discipline.
We also welcome non-graduate applications if you have relevant work experience. (Please email the programme manager for individual advice).
You may be asked to attend an interview and you will need a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check (previously known as a Criminal Records Bureau, or CRB, Check)
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.
Careers and Employability
Careers and Employability Swansea Employability Academy (SEA) will support you at each stage of your career journey helping you build a bright future.
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.