Program Details

This MA deals with many aspects of childhood, with approaches drawn from a variety of disciplines.
Plymouth, United Kingdom
Program Type:
Full Degree
Degree Level:
Early Childhood Education

Program Overview

Program Description:
Early Childhood Studies is an innovative field of study dealing with many aspects of childhood, with approaches drawn from a variety of disciplines including anthropology, psychology, child health, social policy, sociology, history and education. The MA International Study of Early Childhood is a taught programme with the teaching, learning and assessment being online. We envisage the MA attracting a range of students who want to study international perspectives on early childhood at a UK University. The on-line element of the course will be particularly attractive to students who need to balance work, family and financial commitments. The MA is international in context, comprising a critical study of perceptions, cultures and experiences of early childhood in a range of different countries and contexts. The programme will promote the development of a broader international perspective to challenge normative stereotypes and perspectives, leading to a more critical analysis and understanding of early childhood. The programme therefore aims to explore and deconstruct dominant discourses around early childhood and young children and to focus on alternative ways of knowing and doing. Students will develop skills and knowledge which will prepare them for a wide range of opportunities to work overseas and enable them to bring an international perspective to work in their own countries. The MA International Study of Early Childhood will equip graduates with a wide range of skills, knowledge and experiences from early childhood contexts across the world and will appeal to those who wish to become effective advocates for young children and also to further their careers both nationally and internationally and bring an international lens to their work with young children and families. The programme is delivered on line and as a result students will need regular access to a reliable computer as well as to a reliable power source and an appropriate internet supplier. Students will be made aware of the minimum computer, software and internet requirements in the student handbook as well as the minimum computer skills that are required.

Additional Program Information

Not applicable
Financial Aid:
Prospective students will normally need a relevant undergraduate degree (eg BA, BSc, BEd) or its equivalent plus an interest in early childhood. The degree must be from a recognised university. Students who do not have an appropriate Higher Education qualification may be admitted if they have appropriate professional experience with young children and families which demonstrates the ability to complete the programme successfully; this will be at the discretion of the programme leader/s and in line with University Regulations for Taught Masters Programmes. Each potential student will be assessed individually for their ability to study at this level and therefore an interview may be necessary.
International Requirements:
Applicants with overseas qualifications can check their compatibility with the UK equivalent through NARIC, who provide an advisory service. The medium of instruction is English.