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Early Years, MEd, PgCert or PgDip

Early Years, MEd, PgCert or PgDip

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36 months

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Key information

Qualification type

MEd - Master of Education

Subject areas

Learning Theory

Course type


Course Summary

The programme aims to provide a response to the continuing professional development needs of fully qualified educationalists wishing to advance their skills and knowledge, enhance their professional practice, and extend their capacity to lead and shape change in a range of educational settings through part-time study by e-learning.

The programme has a strong focus on Early Years Education through transformative professionalism – an enhanced and extended professionalism which has at its core the need for practitioners to take evidence-based action to generate professional knowledge and move practice forward.

This form of professionalism, in contrast with older formulations, is characterised not by self interest and external regulation, but rather by the motivation to contribute to the collaborative development of practice and make informed contributions to professional debate.

The aims of the programme are to enhance and extend the skills, knowledge and understanding of the participants in the following ways:

  • developing advanced knowledge and understanding of educational issues and theories in Early Years Education (0 – 8)
  • developing the capacity to analyse critically evidence and arguments to support professional judgements in complex and ambiguous situations relating to Early Years Education
  • making an informed contribution to current educational debates and discussions concerning Early Years Education
  • applying advanced knowledge and understanding of a range of theoretical perspectives and approaches to enhance personal professional practice in a variety of Early Years settings
  • developing the capacity to shape and lead change in a variety of policy and practice settings
  • exploiting opportunities to use research to generate professional knowledge and enhance policy and practice.

There are many opportunities at the University of Aberdeen to develop your knowledge, gain experience and build a competitive set of skills to enhance your employability. This is essential for your future career success. The Careers and Employability Service can help you to plan your career and support your choices throughout your time with us, from first to final year – and beyond. Students can progress into the MEd after successful completion of the PgCert and PgDip.


This module will allow students to engage with the theory and practice of working with children in a range of settings, 0-3, 3-5 and 508, but with a particular focus on the role of the teacher in the setting in which they work. Students will explore a number of contemporary educational issues and approaches in Early Years Education. Course content will support the Early Years Framework (2008) through the development of specialist Early Years provision which will help to build the resilience of children, improve the capacity of parents and contribute towards developing supportive communities.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

£700 per 30 credits

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

£2,040 per 30 credits

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants will be graduates who have achieved the Standard for full registration with The General Teaching Council for Scotland, or equivalent or graduate of BA Childhood Practice Degrees. They must have previous relevant experience and be able to undertake studies and related developments in their workplace setting or other appropriate agency for a minimum of 12.5 hours per week.

University information

The University of Aberdeen is the 5th oldest university in the UK and the 3rd oldest university in Scotland. Founded in 1495, the University celebrated its 525th anniversary in 2020. Since founding, the university has been ‘Open to all and dedicated to the pursuit of truth in the service of others’ and it still holds this purpose. Over 3,500 postgraduate students, from all over the world, study either on campus or online and the university...more

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