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Early Childhood MA/PGDip/PGCert

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Early Learning

Course type


Course Summary

Our MA in Early Childhood is designed to meet the interests of a wide range of participants from nurseries, universities, colleges, schools and local authorities.

Course overview

Early Childhood is a unique phase in the life of a child and, as such, requires a great deal of knowledge and expertise from those working in the sector. Our MA in Early Childhood aims to support you to develop an in-depth understanding of a wide range of topics related to early childhood.

Why study this course with us?

Our MA in Early Childhood is designed to meet the interests of a wide range of participants from nurseries, schools, universities, colleges and local authorities, as well as professionals working with young children outside of education – for example in children’s services and health and social care. The common factor for all potential participants is the desire to develop their expertise in the field of early childhood.

The blend of students from different professional backgrounds enables discussion, debate and the sharing of experiences in a supportive and welcoming environment, facilitated by staff who are experts in the field of early childhood. You will also gain PGCert and PGDip awards in this course.

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


3 years

Start date



This module covers the following topics: Exploiting previous knowledge of research methods and enquiry Locating and contextualising the research within the literature Employing an ethical approach to research in the context of the Ethical Principles for Research in the Faculty of Education and Children's Services. Using an appropriate methodology Collecting evaluating and interpreting data Responding to changes in research intentions and outcomes Writing up the research

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

2020/21 Home/EU fee per 20 credit module is £660. Where a taught programme is studied part-time (PT), the fees payable each year will depend on the number of modules studied during that year.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants should normally hold a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of a 2:1 classification in an area broadly related to early childhood. Those with a degree in a different area but with significant experience of working in early childhood settings will also be considered, as will those holding a PGCE. Applicants with a 2:2 degree may also be considered if they can demonstrate, on application, their ability to work at Level 7.

University information

From a teaching college established in 1839, to becoming the University of Chester in 2005, over 180 years of academic growth has allowed the University to offer an extensive selection of postgraduate courses and research options across a number of specialist sites. This includes five sites in and around Chester, a campus in Warrington, a University Centre in Shrewsbury, and a new health and nursing education facility, Marriss House, in...more