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Entry requirements

A minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard is required. Appropriate experience of working with young children is desirable.

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good.

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

Months of entry


Course content

The programme allows students to engage with current issues and debates relevant to early years education, increasing understanding of policy development and developing leadership knowledge and skills to assess the quality of early years practice. Students gain understanding of general methodology and research methods, which enables them to conduct research in early years settings.

 Participants in this programme have the opportunity to develop their understanding and knowledge of early years education by working with experienced early years educators and researchers. The Early Years Education staff team at UCL Institute of Education (IOE) have been at the forefront of international research for two decades including the renowned Effective Pre-School, Primary and Secondary Education (EPPSE) project. The programme also has strong links to the innovative Helen Hamlyn Centre for Pedagogy (0-11).

The programme provides the opportunity to broaden and deepen understanding of early childhood education, combining theory and practice, policy and current debates internationally to critically address key issues in early years education across a range of contexts. Students will be exposed to rich content in thought-provoking lectures, supported by seminar activities enabling discussion and critical reflections within an international community. 

This degree supports understanding and insights into early years nationally and internationally.  The academic masters contributes to personal and professional development in the field of study. Participants have the opportunity to develop as future agents and leaders for change in early years education. 

Fees and funding

Please see UCL website for full information about fees and costs for this programme.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    60 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification


This programme is delivered through face-to-face evening sessions. Assessment is through assignments and a dissertation.

Course contact details

+44 (0) 20 3370 1214