Early Childhood Studies

Postgraduate degree

  Start this course in January 2022
Early Childhood Studies

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.

Start Date:

January 2022

September 2022

Duration:

1 year full time
2 years part time

Degree Type:

MA/PGDip/PGCert

Number of credits:

60 PGCert
120 PGDip
180 MA

Postgraduate and Doctoral open evening

Wednesday 3 November 2021, 5–7.30pm

Course and Module Details

Overview:

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.

 

 

Modules

 

Indicative Timetable

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.

UK EU International
£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

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Year 1 fees, see links in table below for more information.

UK EU and International
£6,950 £15,000

Career Options

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

Postgraduate programmes

You can apply now for any programme starting in Autumn 2021, January or February 2022 or September 2022.

All postgraduate taught applications can be made via our online application form.

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.

International students
Please note that most international applicants have to pay a deposit before securing their place.

  • See our Finance pages for more details

Postgraduate application process FAQs

 

To apply, you need to complete our online application form.

No, you can save and revisit your application form and can contact us directly at any time if you need advice or assistance.

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.

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.

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.

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

Principle
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.

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Our Research

 

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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