M.A. Education (Early Childhood)

Liverpool Hope University

Tuition fee: Not specified
Start date: September  2015, January  2016
Credits (ECTS): 180 ECTS
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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The MA Education (Early Childhood) provides an opportunity for graduates in the childrens workforce to progress onto postgraduate study in their subject area. It also provides access to modules from other related subject areas, as part of the programme, to reflect the multi-professional nature of their interests.

It enables the student to make choices that will support their developing expertise in particular areas within the wide range typical of the childrens workforce. It combines a social science and educational approach to research in this subject.

There are increasing numbers of graduates in the childrens workforce, and an increasing focus on continuing study and professional development. Many have taken advantage of the provision of study and training pathways for the Early Years Professional Status (a graduate status).

Career Opportunities

It is expected that those choosing to do an MA Education (Early Childhood) would be able to tailor their studies to support progression in a chosen aspect of professional practice related to Early Childhood within the wide range available in the multi-professional workforce.


The Early Childhood programme is aimed at graduates in the childrens early years workforce, with an increasing focus on continuing study and professional development.

The full Masters award requires you to gain 180 credits, including a research dissertation in a specialised area of your choice. Prior to a dissertation, students will complete four 30 credit modules. Modules are organised into four complementary themes.

A: Critical analysis of professional practice

B: Contemporary issues and innovation in education and society

C: Exploring specialist interests

D: Research methods

At the Postgraduate Certificate stage, students complete two modules from the themes A and B. The following two modules are available at this stage.

Theme A: The development of young children's' thinking and learning in socio-cultural context (30 credits)

This module provides an opportunity for adults working with children 3-7 year old to gain in-depth knowledge of the factors involved in children learning about and understanding this world. The findings of socio-cultural research are critically examined to indicate the contextual, linguistic and cognitive components of allocating meaning to, and making sense of, people, places and events.

Theme B: Critical reflection for participation in the early years (30 credits)

This module will enable professionals to develop their knowledge and understanding of participation in the context of working with children. The module involves student engagement in dialogic reflective conversations as part of a series of structured workshops.

Theme C (30 credits)

At the Postgraduate Diploma stage, students have a free choice from a range of specialist modules from theme C or they may select again from the themes Critical analysis of professional practice and Contemporary issues and innovation in education and society.

Theme D: Research methods in Education and Social Science (30 credits)

This is a core compulsory research methods module. We recommend students select this as their final module at the Postgraduate Diploma stage.

Dissertation (60 credits)

At the dissertation stage, students complete a 60 credit, 18,000 - 20,000 word research study. Students can choose to focus their dissertation on a specialist area or theme of their choice in the field of Early Childhood. Staff with relevant knowledge and research expertise will supervise dissertations on students chosen research themes.


* A good honours degree in a relevant discipline or equivalent.
* Adequate experience within the childrens workforce It is expected that applicants can demonstrate engagement in CPD and provide a reference confirming their suitability to work at M level
* Please note that a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure from the Criminal Records Bureau is required for students where they are required to visit settings other than their own workplace and involves access to children.

In addition, overseas students will normally be required to have an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent qualification that meets the UK Border Agency requirements.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

180 (Grade C)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

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