M.A. Early Childhood Studies

  • On Campus
  • 12 months
  • EUR12070 Year (Non-EEA)
  • English
Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge Campus | Cambridge, United Kingdom
This course is for people who aim to advance their knowledge of young children's learning and development. Through studying this course, you will enhance your understanding of early childhood education and care, from birth to age eight. You will also develop your research skills.

Description of Early Childhood Studies


This course is for people who aim to advance their knowledge of young children's learning and development. Through studying this course, you will enhance your understanding of early childhood education and care, from birth to age eight. You will also develop your research skills.
If you have a first degree in early childhood studies, childhood studies, education, or a related subject, this course will give you the opportunity to look in greater depth at aspects of young children's lives, and examine current policies, in order to build upon your own interests and gain a higher level qualification.
The course is also designed for people who are working with young children (for example, foundation stage teachers, graduates working in children's centres, or other early years practitioners) and for college lecturers in childcare and education who would like to study further to extend their professional development. We also welcome parents, volunteers, and others with a personal interest in this interesting and important subject.
International MA students are encouraged to join the course, as we enjoy dialogues about developments in early childhood education and care in different countries. In recent years, conversations with colleagues from around the world have been fostered through conferences run by the Early Childhood Research Group and we are keen to expand this community of enquiry.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline January 15
Tuition fee
  • EUR 12070 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 6760 Year (EEA)

Home £5,500; Overseas £9,800

Start date January  2016, September  2016
Duration full-time 12 months
  • English
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Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time

Course Content

Core modules

  • Early Childhood: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (30 credits)
  • Early Childhood Research Methodology (30 credits)
  • Major Project (60 credits)

Optional modules

  • Comparing Outdoor Learning Experiences
  • Early Years Pedagogy
  • Professional Enquiry for Early Childhood

You will choose two optional modules from the above list.


Assessment is via different types of presentations and written assignments. For each 30 credit module there is an assessment of up to 8,000 words (or equivalent). The Major Project is usually a written research report of 18,000 words. There are no examinations on this course.

English Language Requirements

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CAE score
180(Grade C)
TOEFL paper-based test score (read more)
TOEFL iBT® test (read more)

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.

Requirements for Early Childhood Studies

First degree at 2.2, should be in Early Childhood Studies, Education or a related subject (e.g. psychology, sociology, philosophy, history, cultural studies, health and / or social care, law, politics, social policy and economics etc.) Preferred: Criminal Records Bureau check, enhanced disclosure (necessary before fieldwork / research can be undertaken in early childhood settings). This is not an essential course requirement, as the pathway can be successfully completed with a focus on theory and literature, but students without a current CRB or unable to obtain one will not be able to engage in any direct work with young children in early childhood settings. Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements.

Work Experience for Early Childhood Studies

No work experience is required.

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Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge Campus, United Kingdom

United Kingdom Anglia Ruskin University has a history of over 150 years starting as Cambridge School of Art in 1858. Today, with a population of 31,000 students from UK/EU and around 1,700 international students, we are one of the largest universities in the East of England. Our students are on courses leading to undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, as well as to a range of professional qualifications.

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