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Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Early Learning

Course type


Course Summary

This course is designed to appeal to a wide range of graduates (nationally and internationally) from a variety of backgrounds not necessarily early years related but those who wish to expand and deepen their knowledge of young children from birth to 8 years. The programme can be studied in three ways – taught, blended and distance. The MA Early Childhood Education programme reflects the range of expertise and specialisms within the Early Childhood Directorate teaching team, who are passionate about using insights from their research to enhance your learning experience. You will have the opportunity to develop your own research and specialist areas of expertise, based on personal interests and professional experiences. You will study using a variety of strategies involving you as an active participant in the process of learning and teaching.

The programme uses a range of assessment types including presentations, action research reports, reflective commentaries, literature reviews and document analysis. You will also complete a 15,000 word dissertation based on your research interests. Graduates from the programme have been successful in pursuing careers in a variety of contexts with roles including Lecturer in Early Years, Nursery Manager, Children’s Centre Manager, and Creative Early Years Specialist. Some of our students have progressed on to taught doctoral programmes or undertaken PhDs based on their particular research interests whilst others have gone on to set up their own business. During this course students will also achieve PgCert and PgDip awards.

Different course options

Full time | Canterbury Campus | 1 year | SEP-19

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module is an introduction to study at Master?s level within the field of Early Childhood Education. The aim is to foster critical perspectives about the nature of early childhood education through the review of contemporary, published, academic writing. The module will introduce you to key postgraduate academic skills with a particular focus on critical reading, writing and reflexivity. The module also enables you to investigate their role as adult learners, and to reflect on their own academic development and/or early childhood education practice. The overall purpose of the module therefore is for you to explore how post-graduate research, personal learning and practice interact.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants need to have a good undergraduate degree (2:2 or above) and two supporting academic/professional references. It is recognized that some applicants may not meet these standard requirements, yet may be desirable candidates with other and appropriate skills and knowledge. In this case they may be offered the opportunity to complete an orientation module or a portfolio to demonstrate their ability to work at level 7. Applicants may be asked to attend an interview. Applicants may be asked to attend an interview. The University normally accepts non-­UK qualifications equivalent to those outlined above and confirmed through NARIC.

University information

Established in 1962, Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern, multi-campus University offering higher and professional education. The university has several campuses and centres which are based in Canterbury, Broadstairs, Medway and Tunbridge Wells, One of only a handful of universities in the UK to be situated in a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it has a strong community of 17,000 students and 2,000 staff. They have four academic...more