Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. Appropriate experience of working with young children is desirable. Applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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.

Months of entry


Course content

The Early Years Education (Online) MA offers exceptional career development opportunities for early childhood practitioners and other early years professionals worldwide. This programme builds upon the success of, and is closely linked to, the campus-based Early Years Education MA programme.

The UCL Institute of Education (IOE) is ranked first for education in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020.

The online programme provides students worldwide with an opportunity to access the exceptional expertise of the early years team at UCL IOE.

The Early Years Education staff team at UCL IOE have been at the forefront of international research for the past two decades, including the renowned Effective Pre-School, Primary and Secondary Education (EPPSE) project. The programme also has close links to the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Pedagogy (0-11).

Fees and funding

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

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification
    60 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification


The programme is delivered through online sessions based on Moodle, our virtual learning environment. Assessment is by coursework assignments and a 20,000-word dissertation.

Course contact details

+44 (0) 20 3370 1214