M.A. Online

Early Years Education (Online)

University College London (UCL)

12 months
22200 GBP/year
10800 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Early Years Education (Online) MA from University College London (UCL) offers exceptional career development opportunities for early childhood practitioners and other early years professionals worldwide. 


This Early Years Education (Online) programme from University College London (UCL) builds upon the success of, and is closely linked to, the campus-based Early Years Education MA programme.

This online Masters degree offers students the opportunity to enhance their professional development and understanding of national and global issues in early learning, early years policy and curricula; to critically evaluate a range of literature about young children’s learning and best practice in early education; and to develop their understanding of research methodology with and about young children. 

Students conduct their own small-scale research project in a setting of their own choice, written as the Dissertation. Part-time students do this during their second year of study.

Students can expect to study an average of 300 hours per 30-credit module and 600 hours for the Dissertation. The number of weekly study hours can vary during the programme. As a general guide, students following the suggested 2-year programme structure can expect to study 7-14 hours per week and 1-2 hours per day.


Graduates of the MA Early Years Education (Online) are currently working as advisers to local and national governments; as nursery, children’s centre and  senior leaders; and as further and higher education tutors. Some have become early years doctoral and funded researchers.


This programme will enable students to understand and reflect on current knowledge of international early years policy and practice; to raise awareness of research into early childhood practice and of research methods and approaches relevant to the field of study; and to enable  critical understanding of policy development in early childhood services, at a local, national and international level.

Programme Structure

Compulsory modules
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Contemporary Issues in the Early Years
  • Leadership in Early Childhood Education
  • Researching Early Years Education
  • Dissertation in Early Years Education

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
    • We recommend you apply as soon as possible. The programme may remain open if places are still available and will be closed as soon as it is full or by 30 June.


180 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. Appropriate experience of working with young children is desirable. Applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    22200 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 22200 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    10800 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10800 GBP per year during 12 months.

Part time

  • UK: £5,400
  • International: £11,100


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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