Course details

Study options

Full-time: 1 year, Part-time: 3-6 years

UK/EU fee

£620 per 20 credits* (2019/20)

International fee

£14,250 for the full programme (2019/20)

Course level

Postgraduate

Qualification

MA

Start dates

January, September

Location

Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Course description

What you will study

For both part-time and full-time students 

Core modules

Prescribed pathway modules   

There are two modules, each of which has a different focus. Each of them are rooted in practice, and draw extensively from recent academic literature. You will reflect critically on recent government policies and consider them in relation to their work environment, as well as local, national and international practice.

The two prescribed pathway modules are:

Children's Places

You will be given the opportunity to conduct a small project into real children’s places and examine current academic writing on how British society sees 'childhood'. You will consider:

Children's Workforce Development

In this module, discussion will focus on the skills, knowledge and attitudes expected of those people who work with young children. You will consider:

Part-time students 

Your first module will be ‘Crafting Your Masters Study’. The other pathway, core and optional modules will be available according to the schedule of delivery.As a part-time student your studying will normally take place over three academic years, potentially choosing one module per term. 

Here is an example of possible combination modules:

Duration

Term 1

Term 2Term 3 
Year 1 - Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) Crafting Your Masters Study Evidence Based Practice Independent Study with Early Years Focus
Year 2 - Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) Pathway module Pathway module Independent Study with Early Years Focus
Year 3 - Masters (180 credits) Optional module Optional module Independent Study with Early Years Focus

Full-time students 

As a full-time student your studying will normally take place over one academic year. The optional modules and pathway modules will be available according to the schedule of delivery. 

Here is an example of the combination of modules that you would choose:

Term 1 (Sept-Dec)

Term 2 (Jan-March)Term 3 (April-June)
Crafting Your Masters Study (20 credits) Applying Educational Thinkers and Theorists (20 credits) Comparative Education (20 credits)

Evidence Based Practice (20 credits) Independent Study (60 credits) Attend workshop Independent Study (Submit in August)
Optional or pathway module (20 credits) Optional or pathway module (20 credits) Optional or pathway module (20 credits) if not already taken in term 1 or 2

How you will learn

The basis of the teaching and learning is teacher-led discussion. The material for each class is published online before the class, giving students the opportunity to reflect on the content and read a little beforehand.

There is an expectation that you will bring your experience to the class and be willing to share in a dialogue with other student colleagues.

Entry requirements

You’ll usually need an undergraduate degree or an equivalent qualification and experience in working with children. Even if you don’t have these entry requirements it’s worth contacting us as we may be able to consider your application.

Fees and funding

2019/20 Fees (August 2019 - July 2020)

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£620 per 20 credits*

£620 per 20 credits*

International

£14,250 for the full programme

N/A

*Note – at postgraduate level, you’ll need to gain the following number of credits in total to obtain the awards below.

Postgraduate Certificate60 Credits
Postgraduate Diploma120 Credits
MA or MSc180 Credits

This means you will gain 180 credits in total to complete the full MA or MSc. If you are studying part time you will normally complete your studies over two or three years, depending on the course structure.

Please note that all fees may be subject to annual increase.

How to apply

Full-time

Part-time

Careers

The basis of the teaching and learning is teacher-led discussion. The material for each class is published online before the class, giving students the opportunity to reflect on the content and read a little beforehand.

There is an expectation that you will bring your experience to the class and be willing to share in a dialogue with other student colleagues.

Contact us

If you need any more information from us, eg on courses, accommodation, applying, car parking, fees or funding, please contact us and we will do everything we can to help you.

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† Additional information about your studies

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Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

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