University of Roehampton

Course Introduction

The 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.

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. Careers in professional practice and leadership in early childhood, education, health and social welfare. Careers in policy making, implementation and administration of early childhood provision. Careers in research and developing the early years workforce in further and higher education. Students can also exit with PGCert and PGDip awards.

Start Date:

The study period is 3-8 semesters..

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £6,520 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £6,520 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £13,860 Overseas Fees
4 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts Home Fees
4 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts European Fees
4 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students should usually hold a second-class honours degree (certain programmes may require a 2:1) from a recognised British or overseas university.
  • International entry requirements: Students need to have: IELTS score of 6.5 overall with no less than 5.5 in any band; TOEFL Internet Based Test: Overall: 89, Reading: 18, Writing: 17, Listening: 17, Speaking: 20; Pearson Test of English: 59 overall with no less than 51 in any band; Cambridge Proficiency Certificate: Overall : 176, Listening : 162, Reading : 162, Speaking : 162, Writing : 162; Cambridge Advanced Certificate: Overall : 169, Listening : 162, Reading : 162, Speaking : 162, Writing : 162.