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Education (Early Years Pathway) MA

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Early Learning Education Studies

Course type


Course Summary

The multi-professional programme team have expertise in a range of disciplines within the field of early childhood and are dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families locally, nationally and globally. Throughout the course we encourage you to engage with other professional colleagues and specialist tutors in order to develop a secure understanding of the issues and dynamics of Early Years teaching, ultimately informing your professional practice.

This course enables you to: critically evaluate the impact of recent legislation and policy on Early Years provision; enhance your knowledge and understanding of children’s development in its widest sense; investigate and critique theoretical perspectives in early childhood and their applications to practice; engage with multi-disciplinary research and literature influencing developments in Early Years policy and practice; critically explore developments in the Early Years field, in the UK and internationally. This course is taught as interactive sessions, with a focus on active engagement and discussion. As well as your usual sessions, you can also attend workshops and presentations associated with research that the Faculty of Education and Humanities are involved in. There are no exams for this course. Instead, assessment is in the form of essays, portfolios, presentations and small scale research projects. Students can also exit with PGCert and PGDip awards.

Different course options

Full time | Waterside Campus | 1 year | MAY-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



Research Thesis (60 Credits) - Core
Organisational Based Project (30 Credits) - Core
Young Children's Literature, Media and Culture (30 Credits) - Core
Young Children's Rights and Participation (30 Credits) - Core
Autism in the Early Years (30 Credits) - Core
Supporting Parents and Developing Communities (30 Credits) - Core
Contemporary and international Issues in the Early Years (30 Credits) - Core
Documenting Young Children's Learning (30 Credits) - Core
Advanced Practice in Early Childhood Education (30 Credits) - Core
Promoting Inclusive Practice (30 Credits) - Core
Perspectives on Leadership and Management (30 Credits) - Core
Research Methods (30 Credits) - Core
Dissertation (60 Credits) - Core

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

Students need to have first degree at 2:2 or above from a UK or NARIC recognised university. They need QTS or equivalent Or Honours Degree from a UK University Or Honours Degree from a recognised University other than in the UK Or students working in children’s services without QTS with an ordinary degree or Early Years Teacher Status or QTLS will be considered Or students who have recent professional experience of three years or more will be positively considered. Students with other qualifications/professional experience will be considered if they can demonstrate appropriate academic attainment.