Taught course

Early Childhood Education

Canterbury Christ Church University · Childhood Studies

Entry requirements

You will normally need a good honours degree to enter a Master's level programme (2.2 or above). However, it is recognised that some applicants may not meet these standard requirements, yet may be desirable candidates with other and appropriate skills and knowledge. In this case they may be offered the opportunity to complete an orientation module or a portfolio to demonstrate their ability to work at level 7. Applicants may be asked to attend an interview. The University normally accepts non-UK qualifications equivalent to those outlined above and confirmed through NARIC.

Months of entry


Course content

This MA offers you the opportunity to explore current issues within early childhood education in national and international contexts, and can open up a wide range of career opportunities in areas including childcare management, lecturing and research.

It focuses on the crucial role that experiences in early education play in producing happy, healthy and successful children. Drawing on your own professional experience, practice and interests you'll be able to research and develop specialist areas of expertise within this field.

Specifically, our re-validated course provides an exciting new opportunity to:

  • Engage in rigorous and critical professional development
  • Explore issues of relevance to your own workplace
  • Enhance your skills in research and critical enquiry
  • Investigate the latest research
  • Innovate and lead practice

The course is based mainly at our Medway campus, with some sessions taught in Canterbury. Evening sessions (6pm – 8.30pm) take place on Wednesday (Stage 1) and Tuesday (Stages 2 and 3). There are usually eight sessions per term excluding school breaks.

Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Admissions Department (Postgraduate Admissions)
01227 782900