Taught course

Early Childhood

University of Chester · Faculty of Education and Children's Services

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally hold a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum second class honours, or equivalent, in an area broadly related to early childhood. Those with a degree in a different area but with significant experience of working in early childhood settings will also be considered, as will those holding a PGCE.

Months of entry

January, September, April

Course content

Course overview

Early Childhood is a unique phase in the life of a child and, as such, requires a great deal of knowledge and expertise from those working in the sector. Our MA in Early Childhood aims to support you to develop an in-depth understanding of a wide range of topics related to early childhood.

Why Study Early Childhood with us?

Our MA in Early Childhood is designed to meet the interests of a wide range of participants from nurseries, schools, universities, colleges and local authorities, as well as professionals working with young children outside of education – for example in children’s services and health and social care. The common factor for all potential participants is the desire to develop their expertise in the field of early childhood.

The blend of students from different professional backgrounds enables discussion, debate and the sharing of experiences in a supportive and welcoming environment, facilitated by staff who are experts in the field of early childhood.

How will I be taught?

The MA in Early Childhood is based at Riverside Campus. The course has been structured to integrate with the work patterns of busy professionals. You will use web-based materials, email and scanned resources, and will be supported with direct contact concentrated in six Saturday schools throughout the year.

How will I be assessed?

We use a variety of assessment methods, including digital presentations, essays and critical reflections, which all enable you to apply the topics studied to your own area of personal interest.

It is recommended that you spend some time each week working on your degree, which could involve reading, researching or writing. In addition, tutors are available for tutorial support whenever is convenient, in face-to-face meetings, by phone/Skype or by online tutorial. This supplements the taught sessions which take place on six Saturdays throughout the year.

Please note: Masters students in receipt of a postgraduate loan cannot bring prior credit (APL) into their programme of study.

Qualification and course duration


part time
36-72 months


part time
24-60 months


part time
12-36 months

Course contact details

Faculty of Education and Children's Services