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Manchester Metropolitan University

Early Childhood Studies

Explore the social and cultural context of children's lives across the world. Understand how communities influence the way children operate through their interactions with others. Evaluate the education, health and welfare services that support children. Develop your knowledge of ways to promote social justice and inclusion.

On our part-time masters course you'll study the complex factors that affect children's lives and explore ways to positively influence their futures.

It's designed for people working or volunteering with children and their families, across the education, health or social care sectors. Perhaps you're in the police force and work with children or you're a childminder in the private sector, or a volunteer with a community organisation.

Through this course, you'll examine your own ideas about children's participation, agency and voice, critique your role in practice and investigate current research and theories.

You'll reflect on issues you've experienced in practice with your fellow students. For example, discussing challenges you face in regards to policy implementation, play, and family engagement, or how you explain the value of outdoor learning to staff in your team.

Your final assessment is typically a dissertation on a topic of your choice. You'll usually conduct a small research project, which involves planning, conducting and evaluating practical research.

Past topics have included power relationships between adults and children, exploring the importance of play in education and the 'schoolification' of childhood.

Entry requirements

MA: You should have an honours degree or a postgraduate diploma or a professional qualification recognised as being equivalent to a UK honours degree. Other qualifications or experience may be acceptable if they demonstrate appropriate knowledge and skills to a UK honours degree standard. You also need to have experience relevant to the award area (or taking up employment or similar related to the award area).
Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification.

Fees

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 for books and printing. Total optional cost: £400

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MA Part-time £ 6,300 (Whole course) Home/EU 2 6 Years
MA Part-time £ 13,050 (Whole course) International 2 6 Years
MA Part-time September 2019 2 Years

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