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Department of Early Childhood


The Early Childhood department at Liverpool Hope University is a vibrant, successful and research-informed department. The undergraduate and postgraduate courses are taught by academics (qualified to doctoral level) from a wide variety of backgrounds, including Sociology, Education, Health and Psychology. The teaching team are all actively involved in research and have published in their specialist fields.  They are all members of the thriving Liverpool Hope Childhood Research Forum (CRF) and contribute to a range of research conferences both nationally and internationally.

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) 60% of our research within our field was graded as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. This experience provides an informed and supportive learning environment for the student characterised by depth and challenge. All of our academics hold Fellowship or Senior Fellowship status within the Higher Education Academy, which highlights our excellent reputation for teaching and learning.

In the 2016 National Student Survey 96% of our students said they were satisfied with their experience which places us top in the North West of England and joint fifth in the country (the national average for Academic Studies in Education courses is 85%).

The Early Childhood Single Honours programme allows you to study Early Childhood as a complete subject.  The Early Childhood Major programme allows you to combine Early Childhood with another subject. We also offer an MA Developmental Psychology and Early Childhood, as well as providing the opportunity to partner both of these specialisms with a range of other Masters options.

Dr Alex Owen, Head of Department

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