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Entry requirements

You should have a degree equivalent to UK first-class or second-class honours (2:2 or above) in a relevant subject or have a Masters degree or equivalent in a relevant field. If you do not meet the above requirements but have two or more years of relevant work experience, you are encouraged to apply. Relevant work experience could include working in a school or other educational setting, youth and community work, or an educational role in the public or private sector. All applicants must be employed in, or have sustained and appropriate voluntary access to, a relevant professional setting.

Months of entry

September

Course content

The MA Education (Early Years) has been designed to meet the interests and professional development needs of a range of early years and other professionals who are working in education and related settings, such as health and social care and social services. The programme combines perspectives from early years education, and other relevant disciplines, to ensure you can deliver highly effective practice in today’s multi-dimensional early childhood environment. You will engage in cutting-edge research and enhance your understanding of the nature of educational enquiry and the analytical processes that support research-informed practice. If you are seeking to enhance your capacity to make thoughtful and reflective decisions about your role and your early years practice, ensuring that you are creating an environment that nurtures playful pedagogies and rich learning experiences for early years children, then this is the programme for you. You will benefit from exceptional personalised support, tailored to your individual professional interests and needs, and a flexible hybrid delivery model where you will normally attend classes online and on campus. The blend of students from different professional backgrounds will enable discussion, debate and the sharing of experiences, facilitated by staff who are experts in early years education theory and practice. You will also develop essential transferable skills, from purposeful and effective communication to utilising a range of media, making justifiable decisions in complex and unpredictable situations, and planning appropriate targets for improvement.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for part-time study on this MA are £34 per credit for UK students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2021/22, i.e. £680 per 20 credit module. 180 credits are required to complete a Masters degree.EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK part-time tuition fee rate.The University may administer a small inflationary rise in part-time postgraduate tuition fees in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Assessment

You will be assessed through a combination of 5,000-word written essays, project work, portfolios and presentations, as well as a 15,000-word dissertation. Opportunities to receive formative feedback are embedded into each module.

Course contact details

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+44(0)1695 575171