MA in Education: Early Childhood Studies

Bath Spa University

Program Description

MA in Education: Early Childhood Studies

Bath Spa University

MA Education Early Years

Study educational issues in depth, covering policy, practice and education theory.

Analyses politics and policies in education.

Allows you to study educational topics in depth.

Has a strong international perspective.

Education is much more than the study of teaching. Our programme is designed to get you questioning the assumptions that lie beneath educational policy and practice. The MA in Education Studies offers a mixture of theory and reflection on practice within an international context.

This course is for prospective teachers, as well as non-teachers looking for a new career path. If your ambition is to teach in a school, then the MA Education Studies is ideally suited (although it is not itself a UK teaching qualification). Most of our students, however, have no intention of teaching. They are attracted by the academic nature of this award, by its habit of enabling new thinking about things that seemed like common sense, and by the prospect of improving academic skills and qualities and applying them in educationally related fields.


You’ll gain a deep insight into education. We’ll teach you to question:

  • What the nature of learning and teaching is in different countries and cultures
  • What the relationship is between education and the economy
  • How education is changing as it becomes marketed.
  • How education systems are managed.
  • Who takes decisions about the curriculum and teaching.
  • How far governments go to control education.
  • How far should they?
  • What the role of professional educator is.
  • What the role of schools and universities may become in the future.
  • What the role for education is in the knowledge economy.
  • Whether education is becoming an instrument of capitalism.

Course structure

Trimester 1

Language and Educational Ideology (30 credits) + Education: Economics, Politics and Society (30 credits)

Trimester 2

Education Policy (15 credits) + Research Methods in Social Science (30 credits) + another chosen module (15 credits)

Trimester 3

Dissertation (60 credits)

You’ll be taught through lectures and small group seminars. There are also individual tutorials and good opportunities for extended discussion with tutors. Analysis of ideas through discussion is the key to teaching and learning in the programme. Some lectures and seminars occur during the day. Others take place by late afternoon.


List of current alumni careers

Many of our graduates seek new career paths to educational management, training or in related fields. Some wish to continue their expertise in Education Studies and gain a broader and deeper view of education. Others wish to gain employment in, say, a museum or gallery setting, while others start with the intention of taking their studies further – to PhD level – and seek eventual employment in an academic institution.


Some students apply for our MA having completed their PGCE with the intention of postponing their entry to the profession, whereas others apply before making a decision whether to become a teacher. Some are already teachers who wish to develop their understanding of the role.

The content and subject matter of your first degree is open. Some students have educational studies as a first degree, while others studied subjects from marine biology to music, or are experts in alternative fields. In some circumstances, professional work in education (e.g. PGCE) or a related field can be assessed as appropriate credit for 'prior learning' (APL) and a reduction in the number of credits required to pass the programme can be negotiated.

We attract students from a range of countries – including Cyprus, the Gambia, the United States, Germany, Indonesia, China, Japan and Australia – as well as the United Kingdom. Students are expected to have an Honours degree from a recognised Higher Education Institution in the UK, although we often accept applicants with appropriate experience that we consider sufficient and comparable or an equivalent degree from overseas. Equivalence of overseas students' academic qualifications is assessed by NARIC. For overseas applicants who are non-native speakers of English, a minimum language level of IELTS 6.5, or equivalent, is required.

Cost & Fees

Year 1 tuition

  • UK/EU students full-time: £6,800 / part-time: £3,400
  • International students full-time: £12,500
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated August 29, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 2019
1 - 2 years
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- Tuition fees for 2019-2020 school year are to be published in January 2019.
United Kingdom - Bath, England
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