Early Childhood Studies is an innovative field of study dealing with many aspects of childhood, with
approaches drawn from a variety of disciplines including anthropology, psychology, child health, social
policy, sociology, history and education.
There are a number of awards which can be granted depending on the number of modules successfully completed. These are:
• Certificate of Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS): awarded on successful completion of one module (30 masters level credits)
• Postgraduate Certificate - Early Childhood Studies: awarded if you decide to conclude your studies on successful completion of two modules (60 masters level credits)
• Postgraduate Diploma - Early Childhood Studies: awarded if you decide to conclude your studies on successful completion of four modules (120 masters-level credits)
• MA Early Childhood Studies: awarded on completion of four modules (120 credits), the research in education module (10 credits) and a dissertation of 15,000–20,000 words (50 credits). A total of 180 masters-level credits is required to receive the award of MA.
You will achieve a named award (PgCert ECS, PgDip ECS, MA ECS) if the focus of your assignments for most of your modules
(and, in the case of the MA ECS, the focus of the dissertation) is on Early Childhood topics.
Modules currently available are:
• Concepts of childhood
• Perspectives on early child development
• Developing leadership skills in early childhood settings
• Contemporary issues in the early years
• Independent study module.
• Flexible modes of study: part time
• Independent study option
• Range of assessment methods
• Dissertation on a topic of your choice in Early Childhood Studies
This is offered via the International Masters Programme (IMP), which allows practitioners the opportunity to study part-time.