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:
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Wednesday 1 November 2023, 5–7.30pm
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Why this course
Roehampton is internationally renowned for its research into early years education and its Froebelian ethos.
The 2023 Complete University Guide ranks Roehampton 2nd in London for research quality in Education.
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: Two scholarships from the Froebel Trust are available for the 2022/23 academic year, including January starters. Please see the tab below left.
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.
These modules are those we currently offer and may be subject to change each year.
Full time students on this course are normally in as follows:
Autumn term - Monday evening, Tuesday evening, Thursday evening.
Spring term (depending on chosen options) - Tuesday evening, Thursday evening and some Saturdays.
Summer term (depending on chosen options) - Wednesday and Thursday evenings and some Saturdays.
Tuition fees and funding
September 2023 / January 2024 entry tuition fees
Year 1 fees, see links in table below for more information.
2023/24 entry funding
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 now apply for any programme for any entry point in 2023.
All postgraduate taught applications can be made via our online application form.
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- View our entry requirements for postgraduate programmes
- View our general entry criteria and application FAQs below
If you need any help or advice with your application, or just want to ask us a question before you apply, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Please note that most international applicants have to pay a deposit before securing their place.
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Postgraduate application process FAQs
How do I apply?
To apply, you need to complete our online application form.
Do I need to complete all of my online application at once?
No, you can save and revisit your application form and can contact us directly at any time if you need advice or assistance.
What are the entry criteria and fees?
We have general entry requirements for postgraduate courses. Many of our courses also have specific entry requirements. You can find details of these, and the fees for individual courses, on our postgraduate course pages.
What is the deadline for postgraduate applications?
If you are a prospective postgraduate student who has home fee status, then you can apply close to the start of the course of study. However, if you have international fee status and require a Tier 4 Visa, then you will normally need to apply much earlier. Please see our application deadlines for postgraduate study.
We encourage all students to apply as early as possible, as some programmes have limited numbers.
Does Roehampton offer financial support for postgraduates?
Yes, we offer a range of scholarships, alongside support on managing your finances while you are with us.
You can find more information on our postgraduate home and postgraduate international financial support pages. There are also other sources of external funding for international students available.
Do you offer student accommodation for postgraduates?
Yes, we have a wide range of high quality and competitively priced on-campus student residences. We are able to offer quiet rooms and can adjust for those with specific access needs.
Find out more on our accommodation pages.
MA Early Childhood Studies Froebel Trust Scholarship Award
We are delighted to announce that applications for a Froebel Trust Scholarship for Roehampton's MA Early Childhood Studies are now open.
This year we have two bursaries of £5,250 each to support (partially) students' fees. Applicants starting in September 2022 and January 2023 are invited to apply.
MA Early Childhood Studies and the Froebel Trust are committed to the development of theory and practice in Froebelian education and to increasing the numbers of Froebelian-trained educators. The Scholarship Award will enable suitably qualified students to undertake the MA in Early Childhood Studies at the University of Roehampton. The Award will be explicitly linked to Froebelian principles, and successful applicants will be expected to be able to demonstrate familiarity with these in their prior professional experience and/or academic study.
How to apply
The deadline for applications is Monday, 12th December 2022 at 5pm. Please read the instructions carefully and complete the application form.
Need help before you apply?
Who Teaches Early Childhood Studies?
Dr Michelle Cottle
I am Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies on the BA and MA programmes.Read More
Dr Michelle Cottle
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
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 Evelyn Corrado
I'm Evelyn and I use multidisciplinary approach in my teaching and research.Read More
Dr Evelyn Corrado
I'm Evelyn and I use multidisciplinary approach in my teaching and research. My study background is Psychology (MSc and BSc) and Sociology of Education. My Ph.D. research explored dialogic pedagogies in Kenya to enhance teaching and learning. I grew up in Kenya and have a tremendous social-cultural understanding of the African context, which informs my work. Previously, I worked in UK Mental Health Sector for almost ten years and later as an academic tutor at Middlesex University for four years (in the BA Education program).
Dr Sofia Guimaraes
My research and teaching focus is on children’s development, learning and wellbeing.Read More
Dr Sofia Guimaraes
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 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.
Dr Penny Lawrence
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 Fenling Tang
I'm Fenling and I am a Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies.Read More
Dr Fenling Tang
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.
Please read about the research carried out by academics withing Roehampton's School of Education by visiting the departmental research pages.
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