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Leadership in Early Years

The MA Leadership in Early Years provides an opportunity for practitioners, leaders and managers in a diversity of early years' contexts to engage in substantial continuing professional development at Masters level. Developing knowledge and understanding of the distinctive context of leadership in early years' provision and multi-agency working is a key feature of the award. In a context of significant shifts in services for young children and families, professional reflection and enquiry is an important attribute for leaders who are expected to maintain quality and deliver improvements, sometimes with fewer resources.

The MA Leadership in Early Years challenges students to think deeply about their own professional role as change agents in improving services for children and families. The award encourages a focus on ideas, research and theory around leadership, multi-agency working, improving communication between individuals and the empowerment of children together with the communities that support them.

We encourage applications from practitioners, professionals and leaders who might be working (or volunteering) in a diverse range of roles in education, health, social welfare/care, community, and other settings, and in the public, private, and voluntary or social enterprise sectors. We aim for an inter- and multi-professional student group on the award for the cross-fertilisation of knowledge, experience and expertise that can be brought to bear, and as it reflects complex challenges in practice and collaborative imperatives.

This award is part of the Manchester Met Faculty of Education postgraduate Professional Development Programme.

Features and Benefits

- Masters level continuing professional development tailored for your own context, priorities and interests, drawing on multi/interdisciplinary perspectives
- A multi-professional student group for the cross-fertilisation of ideas, collaborative approaches and working with difference
- Places enquiry and purpose at the heart of professional practice
- Flexible award structure and three starting points (October, February, June)
- Participation in a large, dynamic and forward-thinking taught postgraduate community
- Course design and delivery to fit with busy work, and other, commitments
- Possibility of accrediting prior experiential learning (APEL)

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)
MA: Manchester Met standard entry requirements for taught postgraduate programmes apply:

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.

Course modules

Modules include: Dissertation; mapping the territory: critical concepts and issues; research and practice; shaping the future; specialist support project: leadership in early years.

Assessment methods

Assessment is by coursework for each unit and a full assignment brief is available for each unit. For taught units (30 credits) the assessment is 5000 words equivalent. The final (60 credit) dissertation is 12-14,000 words.


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


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 2018 1,084 () 2 2 Years
MA Part-time September 2019 2 Years

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