A programme of study founded on a commitment to babies and young children as people with agency and unique capacities, and to their overall wellbeing from the prenatal period.
1 year full time
2 years part time
Number of credits:
Master's students automatically become part of the Early Childhood Research Centre with its internationally respected research team.
Students graduate with a high level of knowledge and expertise in early childhood and strengthened confidence to contribute to, and advance in their chosen career.
This programme is supported by the renowned Froebel Archive for Childhood Studies and attracts postgraduate students from around the world.
Course and Module Details
This postgraduate programme draws on Froebel’s understanding of the transformative power of young children’s play on their thinking, and the crucial way that adults can either seek to assist or control young children’s intrinsic creativity. In adults’ interactions with children, however, Froebel recognised the profound influence of the community and social context.
NB: Scholarship funding from the Froebel Trust is available for 2021 - see the tab lower down this page.
The syllabus is underpinned by an awareness of the influence of these social, cultural and political contexts on young children’s lives, and of the roots and structures of inequality that arise from these issues. The programme will strengthen your awareness and understanding of these influences and explore how you take account of them in action. In these respects, the programme also draws inspiration from the work of Paulo Freire, the radical and pioneering educator.
The teaching is informed by active research and scholarship in early years policy and practice, as well as leading research into young children’s well-being, thinking and understanding. There is a deep commitment to working in partnership with families and communities and to the development of students’ professionalism, advocacy and leadership.
The programme is relevant, engaging and of professional and personal value for a variety of roles within the early years sector. For those working directly with young children, engagement with the course content will provide a platform for continuing professional development and career progression, while for those involved in early years policy or research, the course offers an opportunity to engage with up current thinking in a broad range of issues.
Students will first look at babies' and children’s capacity for play, how they think, and how they communicate their ideas and emotions though a variety of ‘languages’ such as talk, mark-making, drawing, construction, movement, music and dance. This is studied from a variety of theoretical perspectives, critically looking at the values and assumptions underpinning these views.
There is special focus on Froebel’s legacy in early childhood practice and other key pioneers in the child-centred tradition, which embodies advocacy and respect for children and their families. You will gain an understanding of the political nature of this work, learn advocacy skills for the well-being of young children and their families and develop effective leadership and collaboration techniques across disciplines in the field of early childhood. Alongside modules going deeper into young children’s emotions and well-being, students will learn skills for undertaking their own social and educational research. These skills will be put into practice with an extended in-depth research-based project, critically enquiring into an identified social or educational problem.
Full time students on this course are normally in as follows:
Autumn term - Monday evening, Tuesday afternoon and evening, Thursday evening.
Spring term (depending on chosen options) - Tuesday evening, Wednesday morning, Thursday evening and some Saturdays.
Tuition fees and funding
January 2022 entry tuition fees
Year 1 fees.
|£6,824 (full-time)||£6,824 (full-time)||£14,504 (full-time)|
|£380 per ten credits (part-time)||£380 per ten credits (part-time)||£806 per ten credits (part-time)|
January 2022 funding
September 2022 entry tuition fees
Our graduates typically progress into careers in professional practice and leadership in early childhood, education, health and social welfare.
Other possibilities are policy making, implementation, administration of early childhood services, research and developing the early years workforce in further and higher education.
How to apply
You can apply now for any programme starting in Autumn 2021, January or February 2022 or September 2022.
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Postgraduate application process FAQs
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MA Early Childhood Studies Froebel Trust Scholarship Award
The Froebel Trust, which is committed to the development of theory and practice in Froebelian education and to increasing the numbers of Froebelian-trained educators, has in previous years funded a Scholarship Award to enable suitably qualified students to undertake the MA in Early Childhood Studies at the University of Roehampton. The Award has been explicitly linked to Froebelian principles, and successful applicants were expected to be able to demonstrate familiarity with these in their prior professional experience and/or academic study.
The 2021 Froebel Trust award was up to £5,000 towards tuition fees full-time or part-time. Please check back to these pages throughout the 2021-22 academic year to find out whether the award will be offered again for September 2022.
Dr Clara Rubiano
I'm Clara and I'm a senior lecturer and the Programme Convenor for the BA Early Childhood Studies.Read More
I have experience in teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students in Colombia and the United Kingdom. My research interests include pedagogy and practice in early years, social justice in early childhood education, teacher education and international educational policies and practices that influence early childhood. I have been a co-researcher in studies about privatisation in early childhood education and inclusive practice in higher education.
Dr Sally Howe
I'm Sally and am Senior Lecturer in early years education.Read More
My research interests include Reconceptualising Froebel in the 21st Century, children's perspectives on play and transitions in the early years, the development of identities in context, and the role of autonomy and interest in children's learning.
Dr Penny Lawrence
I'm Penny Lawrence and my main research interest is in agency and dialogical learning, particularly in non-verbal, multi-modal interactions and including the more-than-human.Read More
My background as a specialist documentary maker (BBC Producer in Broadcast Features and Documentaries) and as an early years teacher meet in expertise in observation, documentation and analysis of children’s learning experiences for research and for practice. I have worked extensively in Reggio Emilia, Italy, and with children and families in Pen Green in the UK.
Dr Michelle Cottle
I am Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies on the BA and MA programmes.Read More
My research is sociological, focusing on policy and practice within early childhood settings and primary schools. I am interested in understandings of quality, creativity and the wellbeing of children and professionals, particularly in the context of neoliberal policymaking. In both my research and my teaching, I explore issues relating to professional identity, different professional roles including leadership, advocacy, curriculum and assessment. I also coordinate student placements and supervise dissertations. I am currently the Student Success Co-ordinator on the BA Early Childhood Studies Programme
Dr Fenling Tang
I'm Fenling and I am a Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies.
I am Programme Convenor for the Froebel Professional Certificate Course in Early Childhood, and my teaching covers the BA, MA and Froebel Certificate courses. My research interests include young children’s identities, children’s rights and participation, Froebelian perspectives, professionalism in early childhood, play and creativity, early childhood pedagogy and policy, technology with young children, and ethnographic research with young children.
Dr R David Muir
I am a political scientist and theologian. I'm also Head of Whitelands College and a senior Lecturer at Roehampton.Read More
I am a political scientist and theologian. I'm also Head of Whitelands College and a senior Lecturer at Roehampton. My research interests include the intersection of religion and politics, Black Theology and Liberation Theology, Pentecostalism history and the experience of diaspora churches, African American social and political thought. I have extensive experience working with faith communities in the UK and spent over a decade working in the criminal justice system and as a Home Office adviser on citizenship, policing, and community cohesion. I am the UK convener for the Transatlantic Roundtable of Religion and Race.
I am a senior lecturer on the Early Childhood Studies Programmes.Read More
My Danish Education as a Social Pedagogue forms the platform for my work, influencing both my role as a lecturer/ tutor and my research with a particular interest in promoting democratic participation and wellbeing of young children and early childhood professionals.
My research and teaching focus on advocacy and professionalism is based on democratic principles and critical consideration of the context of curricula and professional education in England and abroad, with specific knowledge of the Danish context. A democratic and comparative angle has been the foundation for my research while exploring young children’s experiences of wellbeing, the identity formation of the professional, and professional and parental understandings of young children’s wellbeing, as well as comparative curricula policy studies.
Dr Kyara Rojas-Bustos
I'm Kyara and I teach on the undergraduate Early Childhood Studies, but I am also the programme convenor for the MA ECS.Read More
I became interested in early language learning, particularly for children with special needs. I completed my master degree in linguistics studies and, then, my PhD in bilingual education. I am currently leading a research project about bilingual education in early years in a local authority in Chile (my first home). I am particularly interested in challenging class-bound ideologies surrounding early language/s learning.
Dr Peter Elfer
I'm Peter and my research focuses on policy and practice within early years settings and primary schools.Read More
I have explored both practitioners’ and children’s perspectives, focusing on learning, teaching and assessment, as well as conceptions of quality and accountability. I am particularly interested in creativity in learning and teaching and the wellbeing of children and practitioners connected to this.
Dr Sofia Guimaraes
My research and teaching focus is on children’s development, learning and wellbeing.Read More
I have carried out significant research on children’s literacy, bilingualism/multilingualism and children’s wellbeing and learning in the context of early years provision. I am presently working on research exploring children’s thinking through their narratives and work centred on young children’s socioemotional wellbeing and identity.
Dr Antonia Zachariou
Hi, I'm Antonia and my research interests lie in the area of studying young children's learning and emotional, social and cognitive development.Read More
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