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The MEd in Early Childhood Studies offers a specialist study pathway that focuses on policies, services, child development, early years pedagogy and research in early childhood.

The emphasis is on the years from birth to 5. Participants are encouraged to draw on socio-cultural perspectives on childhood, government policy, relevant research and curricular approaches, and on their own experience, in examining issues related to early childhood education.

A central aim is to help early years professionals develop a clear understanding of, and a critical perspective on, issues in early childhood studies, and all participants have access to a resource centre with supplementary materials, web links and electronic resources and materials supported by the University’s library.

Programme structure

In each of Stages 1 and 2, you choose three 20-credit modules (120 credits in all). Three of these six modules (60 credits) must be the core modules –

  • Early Years Curriculum Leadership
  • Early Childhood Psychology
  • Early Years Special Educational Needs

– but your other three modules in Stages 1 and 2 can be chosen from the wider portfolio of options (which varies from year to year) available within our overall MEd provision.

After completing the three core modules (60 credits) you will, if exiting at this point, be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Education. A further three modules completed in Stage 2 (a total of 120 credits) qualify you for a Postgraduate Diploma in Education. For progression to the third, degree stage, you must complete the Research Methods in Education module and a 60-credit dissertation.


UK students usually combine three years of part-time study with their normal educational employment. Most overseas students study for the degree as a one-year fulltime programme, but special arrangements have been made to allow part-time students from overseas to attend two summer schools (held annually in the UK) then complete their studies through use of open-learning materials in their home countries.


The University’s Scarborough Campus, Filey Road, Scarborough. The Research Methods in Education module may run during the summer months on the Hull Campus.


Most participants enrol and begin the programme in September, but January enrolments are also possible.


Candidates are assessed by means of a coursework assignment on each chosen module – during the semester in which they take the module – and a dissertation. Assignments are normally 4,000 to 6,000 words (or equivalent); the dissertation, comprising 15,000 to 20,000 words on an approved topic, is submitted at the end of the period of study.


Up-to-date information about fees can be found on The Money Website.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a first degree or equivalent in a relevant subject (GPA of 3.0+) or appropriate experience in a professional environment. International applicants should also have IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.

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