Early Childhood (Interdisciplinary Studies)(MA & MEd)Duration: 12 months (full-time); 27 months (part-time)|Hope Park|Start month: January & October
International students can apply
About the Course
*This is a combined course, please choose a subject from the list below.
The full Masters award requires you to gain 180 credits. The following modules are studied as part of the 60 credit block - Early Childhood. The remaining credits should be made up from your other 60 credit subject specialism and the 60 credit dissertation.
This block is part of the ‘Interdisciplinary Studies in Education’ suite of research-informed Masters provision. It offers each student a choice of awards that means they can tailor the available provision to their own research interests.
By studying at Liverpool Hope University, you will be joining an academic community with a strong record in educational research. You will study in a supportive learning environment and be encouraged to develop your own research profile.
Our Early Childhood block can be combined with one of the following blocks and indicated on your application form.
- Developmental Psychology
- Disability Studies
- Education Leadership and Management*
- Special Educational Needs
* UK applicants only
Dissertation (60 credits)
The full Masters award requires you to gain 180 credits, including a 60 credit dissertation. The following modules are studied as part of the Early Childhood curriculum. The remaining credits should be made up from your other subject specialism.
The Development of Young Children’s Thinking and Learning in Socio-Cultural Context (30 credits)
This module studies a range of theories relating to young children’s learning. It briefly visits traditional learning theories of Vygotsky, Bruner, and modern theorists. The majority of the module expands on the traditional aspects by examining attitudes and practices which provide for optimal learning. This examination includes social, cultural, historical and political influences on learning in national and international contexts. There are opportunities for students to engage with international literature and to benefit from the breadth of experiences brought to the debate by students from a variety of backgrounds.
Children’s Rights and Participation (30 credits)
This module will develop an understanding of children’s rights, starting with the UNCRC. It will examine the implications of the convention in national and international contexts, both politically and practically.
This course will examine the contemporary meanings of children’s rights and participation. It will analyse the concept of participation in relation to listening and consultation. Through Shier’s (2001) model of participation, it will consider how participation is facilitated in practice. It will enable to students to examine their own ability to facilitate participation through critical reflection. It will also examine the wider implications of facilitation in the context of the children, welfare and the state.
Normally a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours Degree in a relevant discipline.
Please note that a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (formally the Criminal Records Bureau – CRB) is required for students where they are required to visit settings other than their own.
International Entry Requirements
For students whose first language is not English there is a language requirement of IELTS 6.5 overall with 6.0 minimum of all components. In addition to this, we also accept a wide range of International Qualifications, for more information please visit our English Language Requirements page.
For additional information about country specific entry requirements visit the your country pages.
Teaching and Research
The School of Education is a place and community which pays particular attention to:
- Supportive relationshiops for learning
- Confident partnerships to promote learning
- Innovation and inspiration in teaching
Every participant is valued for their contribution
Research in the School of Education is organised around two Research centres and research fora/groups:
- Centre for Culture and Disability Studies (CCDS)
- Centre for Education and Policy Analysis (CEPA)
Students taking a Masters in the School of Education may find their work aligns with any or several of these groups, as the award is designed to allow individuals to study areas of education and teaching and learning in a wide variety of settings and contexts.
UK/EU Tuition Fees
Tuition fees for Home/EU students for 2021/22 are £5,200
We offer a number of scholarships and loans to help fund your postgraduate studies. Visit our scholarships pages for more details.
International Tuition Fees
The International tuition fees for courses starting in the 2021/22 academic year are £11,400 per year.
If you are an international student, visit our international scholarships pages.
You will be able to structure your award to enhance your personal interests, career specific opportunities and potential for promotion to senior management and leadership. It will enable you to evaluate adults' and children's learning through research and postgraduate study. For qualified teachers, this course will enhance opportunities to move beyond the threshold and become an 'excellent teacher'.
Students completing the MA may also be well placed to go on to a doctorate (EdD or PhD) at Liverpool Hope.
Please note - this course does not offer you a teaching qualification to teach in British schools but is an academic study of Education.