Institute of Education Early Years
Institute of Education Early Years
The programme allows students to engage with current issues and debates relevant to early years education, increasing understanding of policy development and developing leadership knowledge and skills to assess the quality of early years practice. Students gain understanding of general methodology and research methods, which enables them to conduct research in early years settings.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2017/18)
- £7,925 (FT) £3,930 (PT)
- £17,190 (FT) £8,470 (PT)
Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website. Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master’s fee taken in an academic session.
A minimum of a second-class Bachelor’s degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard is required. Appropriate experience of working with young children is desirable.
English language requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Good
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
This programme is suitable for international students on a Tier 4 visa – study must be full-time, face-to-face, starting October.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
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This programme provides the opportunity for students to access professional development that is informed by best practice in early years education. It will also prepare students for leadership roles and develop their understanding of general methodology and research methods.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of three core modules (90 credits), one optional module (30 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits).
- Contemporary Issues in the Early Years
- Early Childhood Education
- Researching Early Years and Primary Education
- Leadership in Early Childhood Education
Students can also choose one from a wide range of Master’s-level optional modules across the UCL IOE offering.
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a 20,000-word dissertation.
Teaching and learning
This programme is delivered through face-to-face evening sessions. Assessment is through assignments and a dissertation.
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
Graduates of the Early Years Education MA are currently working as nursery teachers and managers, primary school teachers, advisers to local and national government and researchers on early childhood programmes.
Recent career destinations for this degree
- PhD in Early Years Education, Institute of Education, University of London (IOE)
- Day School Teacher (Early Years), Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST)
- Pre-School Teacher, Unspecified Pre-School
By taking this programme students develop an international, critical and deep understanding of early years leadership, curriculum, pedagogy and assessment.
Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2012–2014 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
Why study this degree at UCL?
The Early Years Education staff team at UCL Institute of Education have been at the forefront of international research for two decades including the renowned Effective Pre-School, Primary and Secondary Education (EPPSE) project.
The research and teaching team specialise in early years leadership, pedagogy and curriculum and assessment.
Department: Learning & Leadership
Research Excellence Framework (REF)
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK’s higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: Learning & Leadership
78% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)
Learn more about the scope of UCL’s research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
Application and next steps
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
Who can apply?
The programme is suited to students of early childhood and educators in the UK and internationally, including early years teachers and professionals, FE and HE lecturers, nursery nurses, voluntary and independent providers, and advisers and leaders in areas relevant to early childhood.
- All applicants
- 1 September 2017
For more information see our Applications page.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Early Years Education at graduate level
- why you want to study Early Years Education at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
- how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.
- Dr Guy Roberts-Holmes