About the course

This specialist education pathway focuses on policies, services, child development, early years pedagogy, and research in early childhood.

The emphasis is on the years from birth to five. You will be encouraged to draw on sociocultural perspectives on childhood, government policy, relevant research and curricular approaches - and on your own experience - in examining issues related to early childhood education.

A central aim is to help early years professionals to develop a clear understanding of, and a critical perspective on, issues around early childhood studies.

MA in Education and Early Childhood can be studied one year full-time, or up to five years part-time.

Where you'll study

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Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £6,755
  • Home/EU (part-time): £750 (20 credits), £2,250 (60 credits), £3,380 (90 credits)

Part-time fees are charged pro-rata to the full-time fee, according to the number of credits being studied. 

A new system of postgraduate loans for Masters degrees in the UK are now available. They provide up to £10,609 for full-time and part-time taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. For more information, visit our Postgraduate Loans page.

  • International: £13,500

“The quality of the training I’ve received at the University of Hull, together with my school experience, was outstanding and most enjoyable."

Simon Baldwin, PGCE (Chemistry)

What you'll study

You have the option of leaving the programme at the end of stage 1 with a Postgraduate Certificate in Education or at the end of stage 2 with a Postgraduate Diploma in Education as long as you have earned sufficient credits.

Core modules

  • Contemporary and Critical Perspectives in Education

  • Research Methodologies in Education

  • International and Intercultural Education

  • Early Childhood

  • Dissertation

Our postgraduate degrees give teachers and other professionals the skills, knowledge and leadership qualities to make a difference to the lives of children, young people and adults.

Strong partnerships with hundreds of schools, colleges, community organisations and early years settings.

Our range of programmes allow you to specialise in a particular age range or area.

We have strong partnerships for initial teacher training and offer a wide range of PGCE programmes at postgraduate level.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 2.2 Honours degree (or equivalent) in a related subject or appropriate professional experience is generally required.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

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Future prospects

Our Masters students explore a range of current educational practice, looking at key issues and policy.

Graduates leave with reflective and practical skills and the knowledge they need to contribute to their chosen learning community.