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Early Years Education MA

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Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Early Learning Education Studies

Course type


Course Summary

Do you want to work in teaching or management in the UK, or in international Early Years educational contexts?

This MA is ideal if you are an international student wishing to explore early years education in the UK. You will study both the practical and theoretical aspects of education in the zero-to-five-years age range. Early Years learning primarily focuses on the following ideas:

  • what constitutes quality in Early Years education?
  • equity, inclusion and justice for the pre-school child and the wider family
  • ideas of communication, imagination, language and literacy, and provision for the bi/trilingual child
  • understandings of early mathematical and scientific development
  • discourses of nurture, care, and attachment.

At Sussex, we are proud of our innovative approaches to teaching and education courses. We’ve got a network of over 150 locals secondary, primary and nursery schools working together with the University to provide work placements for our education students.


You deepen your knowledge and understanding of educational theory and practice, and develop your skills in:

  • research and analysis
  • presentation and communication
  • critical reflection.

With these skills you will have a wide range of educational careers open to you - nationally and internationally.

The terrain of Early Years educational provision is fast changing. This Masters course has been designed to equip you with all the necessary skills and dispositions to lead in this sector.


This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 172 hours of contact time and about 128 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)


International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

For this course (per year)


Entry requirements

Degree requirements: You should normally have a lower second-class (2.2) undergraduate honours degree or above. Subject-specific requirements: Your qualification can be in any subject. At least one year's prior experience in teaching or education is preferable but not essential.