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Early Childhood (Interdisciplinary Studies) MA

Early Childhood (Interdisciplinary Studies) MA

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Learning Theory Youth Studies

Course type


Course Summary

The Early Childhood block is designed for practising early years educators, teachers, early years professionals and others with a personal or professional interest in the field. The block aims to provide opportunities for engagement with the key theories, concepts and ideas related to young children, with a specific focus on children’s rights and children’s learning in socio-cultural contexts. This block is part of the ‘Interdisciplinary Studies in Education’ suite of research-informed Masters provision. It offers each student a choice of awards that means they can tailor the available provision to their own research interests. By studying at Liverpool Hope University, you will be joining an academic community with a strong record in educational research. You will study in a supportive learning environment and be encouraged to develop your own research profile.

Students will be able to structure your award to enhance your personal interests, career specific opportunities and potential for promotion to senior management and leadership. It will enable you to evaluate adult's and children's learning through research and postgraduate study. For teachers, this course will enhance opportunities to move beyond the threshold and become an 'excellent teacher'.

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Full time | Hope Park | 12 months | OCT-19

Study mode

Full time


12 months

Start date



This module will develop an understanding of children?s rights, starting with the UNCRC. It will examine the implications of the convention in national and international contexts, both politically and practically. This course will examine the contemporary meanings of children?s rights and participation. It will analyse the concept of participation in relation to listening and consultation. Through Shier?s (2001) model of participation, it will consider how participation is facilitated in practice. It will enable to students to examine their own ability to facilitate participation through critical reflection. It will also examine the wider implications of facilitation in the context of the children, welfare and the state.
Dissertation (60 Credits)

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Entry requirements

Students normally have a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours Degree in Computer Science, Computing, Science, or engineering-based discipline. Applications from students who do not hold a 1st or 2:1 Honours Degree (or equivalent) may be asked to demonstrate potential to achieve a Masters award via a sample of academic writing and interview before an offer is made.

University information

Liverpool Hope University is set across two green campuses: Hope Park, just four miles from Liverpool city centre, and the Creative Campus, close to the city centre. There is also a small residential campus at Aigburth Park. Over the last 10 years, there has been a significant investment in buildings and equipment of over £76 million. Each year over 1,000 postgraduate students choose to study a range of postgraduate taught, research and PGCE...more

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