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Early Childhood Studies MA/PGDip/PGCert

Early Childhood Studies MA/PGDip/PGCert

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Learning Theory

Course type


Course Summary


Early Childhood Studies at Roehampton is committed to babies and young children as people with agency and unique capacities, and to their overall wellbeing from the prenatal period.

The postgraduate programme draws on Froebel’s understanding of the transformative power of young children’s play on their thinking, and the crucial way that adults can either seek to assist or control young children’s intrinsic creativity. In adults’ interactions with children, however, Froebel recognised the profound influence of the community and social context.

The syllabus is underpinned by an awareness of the influence of these social, cultural and political contexts on young children’s lives, and of the roots and structures of inequality that arise from these issues. The programme will strengthen your awareness and understanding of these influences and explore how you take account of them in action. In these respects, the programme also draws inspiration from the work of Paulo Freire, the radical and pioneering educator.

The teaching is informed by active research and scholarship in early years policy and practice, as well as leading research into young children’s well-being, thinking and understanding. There is a deep commitment to working in partnership with families and communities and to the development of students’ professionalism, advocacy and leadership.

The programme is relevant, engaging and of professional and personal value for a variety of roles within the early years sector. For those working directly with young children, engagement with the course content will provide a platform for continuing professional development and career progression, while for those involved in early years policy or research, the course offers an opportunity to engage with up current thinking in a broad range of issues.
Students can also exit with PGCert and PGDip awards.

Career options

  • Careers in professional practice and leadership in early childhood, education, health and social welfare.
  • Careers in policy making, implementation and administration of early childhood provision.
  • Careers in research and developing the early years workforce in further and higher education.

Different course options

Full time | University of Roehampton | 1 year | SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module forms a compulsory requirement for the full Master’s award of the above named programmes. The Dissertation module is intended to allow students to undertake an extended in-depth research-based project as a means of critically enquiring into and developing knowledge about an identified social or educational problem, issue or question relevant to their own programme. Projects may vary substantially in terms of their purposes, methodology and approach, for example being based on or incorporating the methods of case study, survey, practitioner research, ethnography and quasi-experiment according to the programme and in consultation with the programme convener. Students will be required to demonstrate the necessary knowledge, skills and ethical awareness to carry out social or educational enquiry at Master’s level.

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

Applicants with a 2:2 or higher and with either 2 years relevant professional experience, or a degree in a directly relevant discipline. You should usually hold a second-class honours degree (certain programmes may require a 2:1) from a recognised British or overseas university.

University information

Located in south-west London, the University of Roehampton has a 54-acre parkland campus with state-of-the-art facilities, located within 30 minutes of central London. The University has a history dating back over 175 years. Through its oldest College, Whitelands, it has provided higher education to women for longer than any university in the country. Today, it has a thriving range of postgraduate programmes and an excellent research...more

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