Postgraduate course

Education: Early Childhood MA

Delve deeper into the big questions in education, from the local to the global, with a particular focus on early childhood.


Our Education: Early Childhood MA is a flexible programme offering you the opportunity to explore the links between theory, policy and practice in education at local, national and global levels. It is designed to support professionals working in a range of education settings but will have most relevant if you have a particular interest early childhood.

  • Location – York campus
  • Duration – 1 years full-time | 2 years part-time
  • Start date – September 2019, September 2020
  • School – Education

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2019-20 £5,000

    International 2019-20 £12,750

Course overview

You will engage with current issues and debates in education which will enable you to build your understanding and develop new insights. By engaging in research and advanced scholarship you'll develop as a self-directed, independent learner and be able to deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively.

Innovative approaches to teaching, learning and assessment are supported by a team of tutors who are also active researchers. You'll study alongside people who have wide-ranging educational interests, including people working in mentor roles and those in primary, secondary, post-compulsory or higher education settings. You'll also gain insights from library and archive professionals, those in museum education, early years teachers, playworkers and children’s centre managers.

Studying with us offers you the opportunity to become absorbed in a student-centred environment. You’ll have the chance to apply your current expertise and shape the course to complement your professional practice and academic interests in early childhood.

The Education: Early Childhood MA can be studied full-time (typically over three academic terms, one year) or part-time (typically two years).

Course structure

Modules include:

  • Developing Criticality (30 credits)
  • Methods of Enquiry (30 credits)
  • Global Perspectives on Education (30 credits)
  • Critical Contemporary Issues in Education in a National Context (30 credits)
  • Local Independent Study/Project (30 or 60 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)
  • Major Project (60 credits)

Teaching and assessment

The learning and teaching strategies include lectures, masterclasses given by visiting professors and speakers, tutorials, seminars, workshops and e-learning activities via our virtual learning environment (VLE). There will be particular emphasis on engagement in individual and group enquiry to develop skills in critical questioning, creative thinking and problem-solving.

Delivery is structured to include two weekends each semester and some evening teaching for full-time students.

Self-study time
Outside of taught sessions, you are encouraged to undertake further study which may include reading journal articles, engaging in online discussions, and preparing for assessments.

Assessment methods
Our assessments have been externally commended for being innovative yet rigorous, and we’ve received very positive feedback from our students.

On some modules you will be able to negotiate the assessment type so that it aligns to your interests and needs. For example, you could choose to write a funding bid, a proposal for a small-scale investigation, a report or another agreed assessment type.

Your final study is your dissertation or major project. This offers you the chance to further study a topic of particular interest and importance to you.

Entry requirements


Entry onto this Master’s Degree requires a minimum of a 2:1 Undergraduate honours degree in Education or another related discipline.

If your honours degree is not in a related discipline but you can demonstrate extensive professional experience in the subject, your application will be considered.

If you're an international student, you'll need to demonstrate experience, or qualifications equivalent to those above.

If your first language is not English you must show evidence of English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 or equivalent (with no skill below 5.5).

If you have a PGCE which you gained within the last five years then we can recognise up to 60 relevant M level credits for this to provide exemption from two of the modules normally studied in the second year of part-time study. This means that you would complete and pass the first year modules and then proceed straight to your dissertation study.


Entry onto this Master's Degree will require you to attend an interview.

We are happy to arrange interviews via Skype for overseas students.

APEL policy

If you can't meet these minimum requirements it may be possible to take into account evidence of Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) as an alternative method of meeting the programme’s entry requirements. In such a case, appropriate references and records of employment might be presented to support the applicant’s case for admission.

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. These can be accessed through our Admissions webpages.

Fees and funding

To study for a Postgraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay will depend on whether you're a UK & EU student or an international (non-EU) student. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course.

Tuition fees

UK & EU 2019 - 20

The tuition fee for 2019 entry to this postgraduate course is £5,000 for full-time UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

For part-time options, see the Fees & Funding webpages for more information

Postgraduate Loan: A Postgraduate Loan is available to help you pay for your Master’s course. Find out more about the Postgraduate Loan.

A 10% discount is applicable to all YSJU Alumni (subject to a minimum of 120 credits and achievement of a recognised award) undertaking PG level study (excludes PGCE).

International (non-EU) 2019 - 20

The tuition fee for 2019 entry to this Postgraduate course is £12,750 for international students.

Due to immigration laws, International Students on a Tier 4 visa must be studying full-time. For more information about Visa requirements and Short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa and Immigration webpages.

International Fees & Funding

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