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MA Early Childhood Education

Online University of Sheffield    School of Education

Part time September MA 2 years part time

About the course

This course is open to everyone with an interest in early childhood education. You’ll develop the skills you need to carry out high-quality educational research relevant to your own culture.

Course description

This course blends distance learning with face-to-face teaching. It’s open to everyone with an interest in early childhood education, including early years practitioners, FE and HE lecturers, teachers, nursery nurses, voluntary and independent providers, and inspectors and managers working in areas relevant to early childhood. 

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Entry Requirements

2:1 honours degree in a related field.

We will consider your application if you have a 2:2 degree in a related field and at least one year of relevant work experience.

If you don’t have an undergraduate degree, you may be able to register for our International Postgraduate Certificate in Education (iPGCE) and progress to the Education, Teaching and Learning MA, which includes optional modules that form part of our programme.

Under exceptional circumstances, we may be able to consider qualifications and experience that are equivalent to a good honours degree in a related field.


Home (2022 annual fee) : £5,750
Overseas (2022 annual fee) : £11,625

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Student Profile(s)

Helen Nixon

I'd like to sincerely thank you and the team for all the support given to me along my two year MA journey. The tutor guidance and advice was really excellent - it felt that every tutor I had really cared and it seemed that they were waiting at their computer just for me to ask for advice, as a reply came straight back! The guidance I was given was encouraging and insightful in guiding me along my chosen assignment path. I loved my 'Sheffield weekends' and every time I returned home my work was just that much better. Jools [Page] you were brilliant at balancing really hard work with fun and such a master of the reassuring smile - I will never know how you managed to remember everyone names. I shall treasure the time I spent as part of Sheffield Uni and feel a little bereft that it has come to an end.

Jackie Musgrave

I remember the trepidation I felt as I travelled up to Sheffield for my first MA weekend back in 2009, would I be able to do it? and if so, how on earth was I going to fit in the work? I have to say that I didn’t feel at all confident when I left Sheffield, but what I did feel was a huge buzz and a thirst for knowledge. With the help of my tutor and the staff at The University of Sheffield, I got through my first assignment, gained confidence and developed skills and suddenly I ‘got’ it. So much so, that I ended up being awarded the Rutland Prize for Early Childhood Education. I studied for my MA at a time when I was grieving following the death of one of my daughters. Being in Sheffield with like-minded, lovely people and being able to immerse myself in a place that was just for me was hugely therapeutic. I wasn’t the woman whose daughter has recently died, I was simply one of the MA students.
At the end of my MA I was still hooked and I wasn’t ready to leave. I picked up a flyer advertising the EdD and I can remember thinking, I wonder if this is my next step? I asked Cathy Nutbrown if I was deluded in even thinking about applying, but as always she was supportive and encouraging. So, I went straight on to the EdD programme and loved every minute of that too.

Criona Blackburne

It was obvious a lot of thought and time went into the format to ensure the time worked most effectively. I enjoyed every moment and although the weekend is short, I felt it was very productive. The international mix of students allowed for a wide range of perspectives on Early Childhood to be discussed, usually in the informal settings of the restaurant or the bar. All the tutors were very helpful and encouraging, as indeed were all the staff at the Rutland Hotel. You presented the material in a very clear methodical manner. You were also very respectful of each students contribution. The presentation manner adopted by you ensured we were not intimidated to contribute to discussions.

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