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Why study this course?

This MA will provide you with opportunities to develop and enhance your professional skills and knowledge so you can progress within or embark on a career within the early childhood studies sector. This course is likely to appeal to students with an undergraduate degree in early childhood studies.

This diverse course covers a range of disciplines, drawing from areas such as curriculum theory, psychology of learning and human potential, identity and self in the early years, sociology of gender, social class, race, philosophy and the critical discourses in early childhood studies.

This degree aims to introduce you to key academic and professional debates within the field of education and an opportunity to focus on early childhood and the early years, helping you to develop a professional perspective and standpoint. Upon successful completion of this course, we hope that you will feel enthused about continuing in the sector and feel intellectually empowered to initiate change.

A key theme embedded in this master’s degree is social justice. This course is aligned with our Education for Social Justice (ESJ) framework to ensure equity in our curriculum practice.

The modules have been developed to broaden the knowledge and meaning of the term ‘education’, as well as its purpose from being a ‘product’ to understanding how the curriculum is managed and led. Education is a creative and powerful endeavour in which curriculum and pedagogy come together to support children's learning whilst widening their future life chances.

This degree can be completed as a postgraduate diploma by taking four core modules and two optional modules. You could also choose to study for a Postgraduate Certificate in Education by choosing to study the following three core modules: Critical Theory and Education; Curriculum Leadership; Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment.

We welcome applications from practising teachers and if you already hold a relevant PGCE qualification, you may be able to apply for credit and study fewer modules to complete this MA.

Feel intellectually empowered to initiate change

Explore key academic and professional debates within education, developing a perspective that will help you drive positive change in the sector

Draw on identity and self, sociology of gender, social class and race

You'll cover all of this, as well as curriculum theory, psychology of learning and human potential, and philosophy

Join a university committed to equity and inclusion

Social justice is embedded throughout this degree, ensuring our education aligns with principles of equity, with who our students are, and the challenges facing London and its communities

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Course details

You will be required to have:

  • a minimum of a lower second-class (2.2) honours degree in education or social sciences
  • GCSE English at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or higher (or equivalent)

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, we may be able to help with a pre-sessional course. Please contact courseenquiries@londonmet.ac.uk to see if we have something suitable.

Accreditation of Prior Learning

Any university-level qualifications or relevant experience you gain prior to starting university could count towards your course at London Met. Find out more about applying for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL).

English language requirements

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Student visa (previously Tier 4) you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. This course requires you to meet our standard requirements.

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

All assessment is carried out through coursework. In most cases this takes the form of either one essay of between of around 4-5000 words, or two shorter assessments, to enable assessments to build on each other and provide feed-forward opportunities for the final assessment.

The Research Methods in Education module requires the students to submit a research proposal of around 4,000 words. This research plan will form the starting point for the dissertation module the following semester.

To complete this Master’s degree, you’ll be required to carry out a small-scale research project focusing on an area of interest and relevance to yourself. This research project will have to be written up in the form of an academic dissertation of around 15,000 words.

The first part of the dissertation module will comprise of taught sessions to support the research and writing process of the various sections of the dissertation. Later in the semester, students will then move to having individual or small group supervision meetings with a dissertation supervisor as they make their way through the writing process.

This Education (Early Childhood Studies) MA benefits students whatever their interest in early childhood education, whether in management, supervisory or practitioner roles, or as a parent, teacher, researcher, community worker or administrator.

How to apply

Use the apply button to begin your application.

If you require a Student visa and wish to study a postgraduate course on a part-time basis, please read our how to apply information for international students to ensure you have all the details you need about the application process.

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.

To find out when teaching for this degree will begin, as well as welcome week and any induction activities, view our academic term dates.

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