Plymouth Institute of Education

MA Early Childhood Studies (IMP)

Do you want to manage and coordinate the work of Early Years practitioners? MA Early Childhood Studies focuses on many aspects of childhood, with approaches drawn from a variety of disciplines including anthropology, psychology, child health, social policy, sociology, history and education. You’ll be well equipped to contribute to the further development of research and policy making in this field.

Duration
3 years
Start date
September 2014
Course type
Part-time
Location
Plymouth

Key features

  • Benefit from our flexible modes of study – the International Masters Programme (IMP) is a flexible modular taught programme which offers you the opportunity to study part time and investigate your practice in your own professional settings.
  • Study single modules as part of your continuing professional development (CPD).
  • Build credits towards a variety of nationally recognised awards from the Certification of Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) to the MA Early Childhood Studies.
  • Undertake a dissertation on an Early Childhood Studies topic of your choice.
  • Collaborate with like-minded individuals from a wide range of professional backgrounds – share perspectives, cultures and practices, and challenge each other's assumptions and prejudices.
  • Receive support and guidance from experienced early childhood practitioners and academics.
  • Graduate well equipped to manage and coordinate the work of a wide variety of Early Years practitioners, and to contribute to research and policy making in this field.

Entry requirements

UK / EU

You are required to have an undergraduate degree or its equivalent, and/or appropriate professional experience. If you do not have an undergraduate degree, you may be invited to undertake a single module and, if successful, move on through the programme.

INTERNATIONAL

If you are an overseas applicant you can check the compatibility of your qualifications with the UK equivalent through the UK National Recognition Information Centre (NARIC), who provide an advisory service.

English language requirements.

If your first language is not English then evidence of English proficiency is required. The minimum IELTS score for acceptable English proficiency for entry is normally 6.5. 

For further advice on the appropriateness of overseas qualification and proficiency in the use of English, please contact our International Office.

Fees & funding

The 2014/2015 fees for Taught Modules and Independent Study Modules (ISM) are as follows: 

30 credit module - £915 

60 credit module - £1830

Dissertation Stage - £1830

You may also spread the cost of a module by undertaking our CPD to IMP pathway. Under this model you will complete five, one day taught sessions, paying for each day as you go (at £75 per day). You will then pay a top up fee on completion of the five days to enable you to go on and complete your assignment and gain masters credits. Please contact verity.campbell-barr@pltmouth.ac.uk for further details.

For more information about our fees and funding please visit www.plymouth.ac.uk/money

How to apply

Applying for postgraduate study

The University aims to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. Our Admissions and Course Information team is on hand to offer help and can put you in touch with the appropriate faculty if you wish to discuss any programme in detail. The Graduate School is also available to answer any queries on our postgraduate research degrees.

If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by Plymouth University, please visit our Disability Assist Services webpages. Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office.

If you would like to speak to one of our course information advisors, please contact us:

Telephone:  +441752 585858

Email: prospectus@plymouth.ac.uk

Documents for downloading

Postgraduate application form DOC – A 16 page DOC application form for postgraduate students to print, fill in and mail to University

Postgraduate application form PDF – A 16 page PDF application form for postgraduate students to print, fill in and mail to University

International student postgraduate application form DOC – Postgraduate taught programmes application for international students

International student postgraduate application form PDF – Postgraduate taught programmes application for international students
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Applying for postgraduate study

The University aims to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. Our Admissions and Course Information team are on hand to offer help and can put you in touch with the appropriate faculty if you wish to discuss any programme in detail. The Graduate School are also available to answer any queries on our postgraduate research degrees.

If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by Plymouth University, please visit our Disability Assist Services website. Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office.

If you would like to speak to one of our course information advisors, please contact us:

Telephone: +44 1752 585858

Email: prospectus@plymouth.ac.uk

Documents for downloading

Open days

A number of open day events are held each year, welcoming you to the campus to find out more about the University, accommodation, facilities and study opportunities.

Find out more from our open days section.

Learning and assessment

This is a modular course with four modules and a dissertation for the award of MA Early Childhood Studies. Teaching is mainly in seminar groups or blended with some online input. We place emphasis on your active engagement and participation.

Learn more about our modules and assessment methods

MA Early Childhood Studies student profile - Vicky Bamsey

My mind has been opened to different perspectives and ways of looking at the early years. I am now a much more thoughtful and reflective person, keen to discover different ways of approaching how I work with young children and my fellow practitioners.

Vicky Bamsey is currently writing her final dissertation.

International Masters Programme (IMP)

The International Masters Programme (Education) is designed to meet the needs of professionals from a range of educational backgrounds seeking professional development opportunities based on individual needs and leading to masters awards.

The programme is modular, flexible and wide-ranging.

Learn more about the advantages of studying on the IMP programme

Meet the tutors - Dr Verity Campbell-Barr

MA Early Childhood Studies is a flexible programme which allows you the opportunity to work and study for a masters at the same time. Previous students include social workers, early year’s practitioners, children’s centre managers, teachers and nurses.

Dr Campbell-Barr has worked as a research assistant both locally and nationally; she specialises in research into quality early childhood services.

Learn more about Dr Campbell-Barr

Early Childhood Studies research

Our staff come from a wide variety of backgrounds, with particular strengths in child development, sociology, history of childhood, social policy, education, play, leadership and management, child protection, poverty and social exclusion and evaluation.

Learn more about our research activity