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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Early Learning Teaching In Nursery Schools

Course type


Course Summary

The Early Years Education (Online) MA offers exceptional career development opportunities for early childhood practitioners and other early years professionals worldwide. This programme builds upon the success of, and is closely linked to, the campus-based Early Years Education MA programme.

About this degree

This online Masters degree offers students the opportunity to enhance their professional development and understanding of national and global issues in early learning, early years policy and curricula; to critically evaluate a range of literature about young children’s learning and best practice in early education; and to develop their understanding of research methodology with and about young children. Students conduct their own small-scale research project in a setting of their own choice during their second year of study, written up as the Dissertation.

Students can expect to study an average of 300 hours per 30-credit module and 600 hours for the Dissertation. The number of weekly study hours can vary during the programme. As a general guide, students following the suggested 2-year programme structure can expect to study 7-14 hours per week and 1-2 hours per day.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.


Graduates of the MA Early Years Education (Online) are currently working as advisers to local and national governments; as nursery, children’s centre and senior leaders; and as further and higher education tutors. Some have become early years doctoral and funded researchers.

Different course options

Online | London, Bloomsbury | 2 years | SEP

Study mode



2 years

Start date



This module offers an introduction to the importance of high-quality educational research, enabling students both to evaluate and critique published research studies, and to design and implement a small-scale study of their own. It proceeds by means of a detailed consideration, week by week, of a recent study in the field of early childhood and primary education, and an analysis of the design, methods and interpretation the study has employed. By these means, participants are enabled to experiment with different research approaches and methods, and to explore the ethical aspects of research, especially research with young children. The module assessment has two components: a 2,000 word methodological critique of a research paper, and a 3,000 word review of literature on a topic of your own choice.

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

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. Appropriate experience of working with young children is desirable. Applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.