Early Childhood Studies - MA - Postgraduate course | London Metropolitan University

Early Childhood Studies - MA

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Why study this course?

This distance-learning programme is designed for professionals working within the early childhood workforce, including those who may not be working directly with children but are involved in developing the early childhood workforce, such as further education lecturers and local authority advisers.

Our course is a high quality, contemporary and coherent programme that has been designed to meet the needs of professionals working within the early childhood workforce. The MA offers you an opportunity to advance your knowledge, understanding and professional practice through engagement with current research and thinking in early childhood. It also involves a reflection on, and analysis of, your own professional practice.

A commitment to equality, diversity, social justice and advocacy are themes central to this programme

More about this course

The course is delivered by distance learning using an interactive online platform and individual academic support from tutors. As well as academic content, the interactive online platform includes podcasts, video, online discussions and links to identified reading – either as scanned chapters or through access to our wide range of online books and academic journals.

The early childhood studies team has a long history of developing an accessible study for the early childhood workforce. London Met was one of the first universities to offer an undergraduate programme designed for those working within the early childhood workforce both as a face-to-face and distance learning programme.
The course is underpinned by the following aims to:

  • develop a detailed understanding of current research and thinking in the field of early childhood
  • appraise research and theory continuously and reflect on its impact on early childhood provision and practice with an emphasis on students’ own professional practice
  • develop a sophisticated understanding of the historical, economic, social, cultural and political contexts which impact the lives of young children and their families
  • develop a comprehensive understanding of, and commitment to, issues of equality and diversity, social justice and advocacy in relation to the field of early childhood


You'll be assessed through ongoing coursework and a written dissertation.

Fees and key information

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Entry requirements

You will be required to have:

  • a relevant honours degree (at least 2:2) and work within the early childhood workforce

Some of the modules require an observational visit to a setting offering care and education for children from birth to six-years-old. Where you're not working directly with children you will need to be able to commit to this component of the programme.

All students are interviewed, but importance is also placed on the statement of application.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Due to statutory requirements, we are not able to offer sponsorship under the Tier 4 visa route for this course. We will be happy to consider those falling into this category for an alternative suitable course on request. Overseas nationals who already hold an alternative visa in a suitable category or have been granted permission to remain in the UK indefinitely, and EU nationals may be considered for admission but please note that an additional international enhanced police check will be required.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2018/19 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester
    • autumn semester

    This module aims to enable students to:
     Develop an in-depth knowledge of a range of theoretical lenses through which current issues/concerns can be understood
     Critically examine contemporary issues in relation to early childhood
     Consider the global, cultural, economic and political context of early childhood issues
     Explore contemporary issues (local and national) which directly impact on their work

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester
    • spring semester

    This module aims to enable students to:
    - Understand that there are a range of distinctive approaches to early childhood education and care – each with its own history and distinctive philosophy
    - Understand how these distinctive approaches have impacted on their own practice as well as the practice of others in the early childhood profession
    - Consider how these distinctive approaches might inform the development of their own professional practice
    - Consider their own values and philosophies of early childhood

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester
    • autumn semester

    This module aims to enable students to:
    - Critically examine the political, historical and legislative context of issues of equality and inclusion
    - Develop an in-depth knowledge of a range of issues of equality and inclusion in early childhood
    - Consider how they promote effective inclusive practice in their work
    - Consider their role in promoting social justice and advocacy within early childhood

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester
    • spring semester

    This module aims to:
    - Introduce key theories in relation to babies and young children's development
    - Consider the implications of these for develoment and learning in early and later childhood.
    - Analyse the relationship between social policy and cultural contexts and provision for 0-3 year olds
    - Enable students to identify and evaluate good quality provision for 0-3 year olds
    - Enable students to reflect on their own personal development in relation to early years practice

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start)
    • all year (January start)
    • summer studies

    This module aims to support students to undertake a small-scale, empirical, independent investigation of their choice relevant to their discipline. Through the course of their work for the dissertation students should:
    - Produce a comprehensive and critical review of the literature
    - Develop a critical understanding of research methodology and methods
    - Develop a sophisticated understanding of ethics as applies to research
    - Gain skills in identifying and selecting appropriate source material including data from primary sources
    - Evaluate the strengths and limitations of research carried out by themselves and by other people
    - Design and execute a well-planned piece of research
    - Produce an extended piece of writing with a clear structure and conceptual organisation which shows stylistic competence, and uses a conventional system of full and accurate referencing

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Modules for this course are to be confirmed. Please check back at a later date or call our course enquiries team on +44 (0)20 7133 4200 for details.

What our students say

"I have really enjoyed this course of Early Childhood Studies. It has opened up new ideas and enabled me to approach things differently in the workplace. The diversity of lectures is good as they all don't have the same outlook on things."

After the course

Career opportunities and potential continuing professional development include advisers to local and national government, further and higher education tutors, leadership roles within early childhood and doctoral research. Graduates have gone on to roles as early years educators at nurseries and play therapists at children's hospitals.

Additional costs

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

How to apply

Use the apply button to begin your application.

When to apply

You are advised to apply as early as possible as applications will only be considered if there are places available on the course.

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