Taught course

International Approaches to Early Childhood Education

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

Entry requirements

You will need: •a good Honours degree (minimum 2:1) •some practical experience in an early childhood setting •a DBS check (for students undertaking a placement) 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 aimed at graduates and graduate practitioners keen to examine international approaches to early childhood education (ECE).

  • Unique in the UK, this contemporary Masters degree invites graduates and graduate-level practitioners to explore international approaches to early childhood education (ECE)
  • Compare Montessori’s ideas with other approaches
  • Learn from highly respected, research-active staff and early childhood professionals
  • Critically engage with the theoretical and practical issues of ECE
  • Enhance your learning with a European placement (also open to international students)
  • This course will only run subject to minimum numbers

The programme comprises philosophy modules, research modules and international policy modules.

The philosophy modules emphasise a critical view of educational knowledge, the research modules consider the methodological implications of research skills and the international policy modules focus on the practical application of global childhood education. All of these themes then converge in the Dissertation module.
The course is taught by research-active staff with practical experience and close links to education providers in Sweden (Gothenburg) and Italy (Reggio Emilia). You can enhance your academic learning with a two month Erasmus work placement, gaining a valuable insight into the impact of different European cultures on their approaches to education.

The course can be studied full or part time. There are timetabled study sessions one day a week, with the emphasis on independent, self-guided study. The two month placement is, however, full time.
On joining the course you will be allocated a personal tutor who, alongside programme and module leaders and administrators, will be on hand to offer guidance throughout the course.
You will also have access to:

  • 24 hour learning support via Blackboard
  • an MRes introductory weekend
  • various programme, student and module guides
  • LJMU counselling services

Information for international students

LJMU will be awarding a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University in September. Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting www.ljmu.ac.uk/study/international-students for more information and advice.

Fees and funding

Please contact the Faculty of Education, Health and Community (Education) for up to date information regarding fees. The Faculty can be contacted by email at marshadmissions@ljmu.ac.uk or telephone 0151 231 5340

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
0151 231 5090