Taught course

Early Childhood Studies

University of East London · Cass School of Education and Communities

Entry requirements

An application form and references An honours degree at minimum 2:2 or equivalent in a relevant subject area. e.g. in Early Childhood Studies, Social Policy, Health Studies or related subject Overall IELTS of 6.5 or equivalent for students whose first language is not English. Evidence of ability to pursue study at Masters level e.g. sample of graduate level coursework * Where an applicant does not meet the above requirements, consideration may be given to other recognised graduate equivalent status and/or professional experience

Months of entry


Course content

This programme enables you to develop an in-depth knowledge of early childhood studies and to engage critically with issues and developments in the field, in order to enhance your own learning. It facilitates advanced understanding of early childhood studies from national and international perspectives.

The MA comprises five core modules:

  • Advanced Study of Curricular Models in Diverse National and International Settings;
  • Issues and Controversies in Early Childhood and Child Development;
  • Methods of Research in Early Childhood;
  • Policy Issues in Early Childhood: National and International Perspectives;
  • Dissertation.

All modules and the final dissertation contribute to an advanced study of a specialist area in Early Childhood Studies. Assignments and areas of research should generally relate to the individual's development plan in terms of his or her academic progression and professional development. There is an emphasis throughout the programme on the relevance and impact of theory and research on the Early Years curriculum and practice.

Information for international students

In the case of applicants whose first language is not English, then IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required. International qualifications will be checked for appropriate matriculation to UK Higher Education postgraduate programmes.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


full time
8 months
part time
16 months


full time
4 months
part time
8 months

Course contact details

Applicant Enquiries
+44 (0) 208 223 3333
+44 (0) 208 223 2978