MA Voluntary and Public Sectors

MA Voluntary and Public Sectors

When and where can I study this course?

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Wolverhampton City Campus Part-Time 2 year(s) 06/10/2014 APPLY DIRECTLY
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  • The award provides the opportunity for existing practitioners in the voluntary and public sectors, or those seeking a career in these sectors to understand welfare reform
  • It provides opportunities to enhance knowledge and understanding of the sectors in a rapidly changing political and economic climate
  • The course gives you the chance to critically reflect on policy and practices encountered in your working life, and to exchange ideas with a view to developing and improving practice
  • It helps prepare you for high-level practice and understanding, focusing on knowledge, policy dynamics and the articulation of problems, as well as identifying practice-related solutions
  • The course aims to enhance the development of skills and knowledge useful to both employers and current prospective employees in the voluntary and public sectors across the region.


  • The course is ideal for existing practitioners or graduates who wish to move into the voluntary and public sectors
  • The course is particularly relevant to enhancing the career prospects of voluntary sector workers and managers, healthcare professionals, researchers, local government employees and further education professionals
  • Successful completion of the MA degree is appropriate preparation for doctoral research in these fields


  • you will be expected to have a good Honours degree, preferably with a social science element or equivalent professional qualifications and experience
  • substantial professional experience can be considered for entry
  • graduates from other disciplines may still be eligible for entry
  • you should also have a good standard of written and spoken English (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent)
  • you will need to attend an interview as part of the application process


You will gain:-

  • knowledge and critical understanding of the voluntary and public sectors
  • awareness of the impact of policies upon practice
  • expertise in research
  • analysis and presentation skills, as well as a theoretical, reflective and in-depth understanding of key issues
  • effective communication to a range of audiences


"I would recommend the MA VAPS to anyone who wants to give themselves the edge in our line of study. I came to Higher Education as a (very) mature student and I found my BA a life changing experience . However despite the personal and professional development I achieved, I quickly realised that these days, a BA alone, may not necessarily enable me to compete for the more senior (and lucrative) posts around.

Apart from that, I am finding that doing the MA without a gap is really offering me the opportunity to benefit academically. I am now nearing completion of my second module and the study undertaken at undergraduate level has been really useful when doing my current assignments.”


2014/5 Home/EU International
Part time £2,780

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2014/5. Fees are for the academic year only, any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

The University also offers a postgraduate loyalty discount: If you have completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Wolverhampton, you may be eligible for a 20% discount on the first year of a taught postgraduate programme.