The programme allows students to engage to engage with current issues and debates relevant to early years education, increasing understanding of policy development and developing leadership knowledge and skills in assessing the quality of early years practice. Students gain understanding of general methodology and research methods, which enables them to conduct research in early years settings.
- Application dates
Open: 19 October 2015
Close: 29 July 2016
English Language Requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Special. Only the IELTS is accepted. Applicants must obtain an overall grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in the reading subtest and 6.0 in the writing subtest.
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/life/international/english-requirements
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/international
This programme provides the opportunity for students to access professional development that is informed by best practice in early years education. It will also prepare students for leadership roles and develop their understanding of general methodology and research methods.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of three core modules (90 credits), one optional module (30 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits).
- Core Modules
Contemporary Issues in the Early Years
Early Childhood Educaiton
Research Early Years and Primary Education
Leadership in Early Childhood Education
Students can also choose from a wide range of Master's-level optional modules across the UCL IOE offering.
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a 20,000-word dissertation.
Teaching and Learning
This programme is delivered through face-to-face evening sessions. Assessment is through assignments and a dissertation.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships
Graduates of the Early Years Education MA currently working as senior years leaders, further and higher education tutors, advisers to local and national government and researchers on early childhood programmes.
Top career destinations for this degree:
- Primary School Teacher, Upton House School (2011)
- Vice Principal/PYP Co-ordinator, English Schools Foundation, Hong Kong (2012)
- Teacher, Athens International School (2012)
- Senior Lecturer in Education, The University of Northampton (2013)
- Head of Nursery, Hornsey Road Children's Centre (2013)
By taking this programme students develop an international, critical and deep understanding of early years leadership, curriculum, pedagogy and assessment.
Why study this degree at UCL?
The Early Years Education staff team at UCL Institute of Education have been at the forefront of international research for two decades including the renowned Effective Pre-School, Primary and Secondary Education (EPPSE) project.
The research and teaching team specialise in early years leadership, pedagogy and curriculum and assessment.
Application and next steps
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
- Who can apply?
Students of early childhood and educators in the UK and internationally, including early years teachers and professionals, FE and HE lecturers, nursery nurses, voluntary and independent providers, advisers and leaders in areas relevant to early childhood.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Early Years Education at graduate level
- why you want to study Early Years Education at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
- how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.
For more information see the Applications page http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/apply
A minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard is required. Appropriate experience of working with young children is desirable.