Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University

Early Childhood Education

This course offers students the opportunity to explore current issues within early childhood education in national and international contexts, and can open up a wide range of career opportunities in areas including childcare management, lecturing and research. It focuses on the crucial role that experiences in early education play in producing happy, healthy and successful children. Drawing on their own professional experience, practice and interests students will be able to research and develop specialist areas of expertise within this field. Students will be expected to: Engage in rigorous and critical professional development; explore issues of relevance to your own workplace; enhance your skills in research and critical enquiry; investigate the latest research; innovate and lead practice.

Entry requirements

An Honours degree (2.2 or above). However, it is recognised that some applicants may not meet these standard requirements, yet may be desirable candidates with other and appropriate skills and knowledge. In this case they may be offered the opportunity to complete an orientation module or a portfolio to demonstrate their ability to work at level 7. Applicants may be asked to attend an interview.

Course modules

Stage 1 (PgCert): Professional development through research, reflection and professional practise; early childhood education: curriular and pedagogical approaches; leading quality practise in early childhood education. Stage 2 (PgDip): Policy and practise in early childhood education; early childhood education: global and interntaional perspectives; early childhood education: negotiated project. Stage 3 (MSc): research methods; dissertation.

Assessment methods

Assessments are based on assignments, presentations, research essays and an 18000-word dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 10,200 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Part-time - 3 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Medway Campus Chatham ME4 4UF South East
Canterbury Campus Canterbury CT1 1QU South East

Key information

Admissions Department (Postgraduate Admissions)
Telephone number: 
01227 782900