Staffordshire University

Staffordshire University

Early Childhood Studies

The award is available as a postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma, and Masters. You can choose any 2 modules of the 4 available to be awarded a PgC or complete 4 modules for a PgD. Completion of the 4 modules and the dissertation leads to the Masters being awarded. The dissertation can only be studied on the successful completion of the previous 4 modules. The complete Masters award takes 2 years to complete on a part time basis. This programme is taught at the university campus located in Stoke. The award is delivered through a blended learning approach with 1 weekend of study per module. The award is designed for recently graduated students in early childhood studies; education; social studies; teacher training; health studies and other related and relevant studies at the appropriate level. This often includes staff in employment (e.g. early years practitioners; college lecturers, local authorities, early years professionals) wishing to upgrade their qualifications. Individuals with voluntary or other experience relevant to the sector wishing to change direction or gain a qualification to advance their career may find this award beneficial.

Entry requirements

An Honours Degree (Level 6) or equivalent professional qualification from an institution of higher education, or its equivalent from overseas. A contractual role (full-time or fractional) or long-term voluntary placement that sees you working as an education practitioner in an education organisation, for a minimum of 4 hours per week (or equivalent), whilst enrolled on the programme.

Course modules

Modules include: advanced theoretical perspectives in communication and language and literacy in the early years; contemporary issues in early childhood; international perspectives on early years; research methods in early years; dissertation.

Assessment methods

You will encounter a wide range of learning experiences, including lectures, individual tutorials, group tutorials, seminars, workshops, problem-based learning, and independent study. Each module commences with a study weekend typically starting on a Friday evening with a full day of study on the Saturday and Sunday morning classes. The sessions will be highly interactive, combining short sequences of lecture input with small group discussion opportunities for networking and sharing good practice. The small group sessions may be based on set readings which could be made available to you prior to the weekend sessions. We value the knowledge that you have already gained through your prior experience and you are encouraged to contribute your ideas and experiences in taught sessions. The award is designed to allow for your research interests to be fully explored and each module can focus on an area of particular professional interest.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Staffordshire University (Stoke Campus) Stoke on Trent ST4 2DF West Midlands

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