Taught course

International Approaches to Early Childhood Education

Liverpool John Moores University · Faculty of Education, Health and Community

Entry requirements

Entry requirements (Home)

Candidates are required to demonstrate the following criteria:

  • Either a 2:2 with substantial practical experience in an early years setting, or a 2:1 or above with less practical experience. Applications will be considered on an individual basis.
  • A DBS check (Disclosure and Barring Service - formerly CRB) is also required.

International students should also hold IELTS English Language at a minimum of 6.5 or equivalent. This course will only run subject to minimum numbers.

Entry requirements (International)

LJMU welcomes applications from international students. In addition to normal entry requirements, you will be expected to demonstrate a very good level of English language competence, for example an IELTS score of 6.0-6.5 or equivalent. Please note: specific courses may require higher levels of English language competence.

If you have applied to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PhD at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. It can take four to six weeks to receive an ATAS certificate, so please make sure you apply as early as possible. You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website. Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance. Please note: international students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part time. Students entering the UK on alternate types of visa may be in a position to study part time. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details before making your application. In order to obtain a visa you will also need to show evidence that the money required to cover your tuition fees and living expenses has been in your bank account for at least 28 days prior to submitting your visa application. So please make sure that your finances are in place before applying. For more details, go to our international website.

For advice on any aspect of the application process, please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team.


​International students should also hold IELTS English Language at a minimum of 6.5 or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

This contemporary Masters from Liverpool John Moores University is for graduates and professionals working across education, multi-agency and multi-disciplinary practices, who are keen to examine international approaches to early childhood education as a means of evaluating their own practice and understanding quality education in a globally changing world.

Students will:

  • Compare different international ideas with personal experience
  • Learn with research-active staff and early childhood professionals
  • Critically engage with the theoretical and practical issues of ECE
  • Enhance their learning with an optional European work related experience

The emphasis of the MA International Approaches in Early Childhood Education is on comparing different international philosophies and approaches to early childhood education (ECE).

Through the exploration of underpinning values, personal experiences and views about the purpose of education, students can begin to develop a personal philosophy to ECE that will empower ownership of knowledge. A democratic and participatory lens is used to facilitate students’ critical, theoretical and practical knowledge; and improve their understanding and evaluation of a range of different early childhood education approaches and key issues in a globally changing world.

The course is taught by research-active staff with practical experience and close links to education providers in Sweden (Gothenburg), Finland and Italy (Reggio Emilia). You can enhance your academic learning with voluntary work related experience in Europe and / or the UK, which will provide a valuable insight into the impact of different European cultures on their approaches to education. In particular, work related experiences in Sweden and Finland are available as a means of developing professional perspectives on different international approaches to ECE and to enable students to identify their research interests and develop a reflexive approach as part of their own career aspirations and progression.

The course can be studied full (over a year) or part time (over 2 years). Sessions are typically timetabled one day a week, and some Saturday study days, with the emphasis on independent, self-guided study.

On joining the course you will have access to:

  • 24 hour access to the library including electronic sources
  • 24 hour learning support via Blackboard
  • An introductory weekend
  • Various programme, student and module guides
  • Student Financial Services
  • LJMU counselling services

Information for international students

International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.

Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.

Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis.

Please contact LJMU’s International Team for more information and advice.

Fees and funding

Please see the course page for more information.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
0151 231 5090