Full Time: 12 months | Part-time: currently up to 63 months
Start date: September 2021 (full-time or part-time)
Gain an in-depth understanding of the way young children and young adults think and behave on our flexible and highly regarded MA Education (Early Years) master's course.
This qualification is offered on a full-time and part-time basis and is designed to meet the needs of busy professionals and to reflect your own interests. You will develop as a leader, not just as a teacher.
Focus on cutting-edge research in child development and theories of professional ethics and leadership, and gain an in-depth understanding of the way young children think and behave.
Our teaching is interactive, experiential and innovative. We utilise a wide variety of technologies to enhance your learning, including use of presentation tools, interactive whiteboards, mixed media, social media and mobile technologies in our teaching, and screen capture in assessment.
Your tutors are internationally or nationally renowned, and their research regularly has a direct impact on school curricula and learning techniques — both in the UK and abroad. As experts in their field, their research also directly informs the focus and content of your course, and you will benefit from the breadth of their expertise and backgrounds in educating and influencing policy.
The Institute of Education is based on our historic London Road campus, which has undergone a £30m refurbishment of the classical Oxford-cloistered quadrangle to create a dedicated world-class education centre.
We have created custom-built spaces for the teaching of specialist subjects, including: modern laboratories; musical studios, including an electronic drum kit room and a recording studio; well-equipped art studios and facilities for the practise of work in drawing, painting, sculpture and mixed media; and studios for wet photography and printmaking, including silk screen.
The Institute also houses an incredible collection of teaching and research resources, called the Learning Hub. A treasure trove for teachers and researchers, the Learning Hub contains an extensive selection of teaching aids for loan or reference, from big books to puppets. A printing and binding facility, and technical equipment library are also available for your use.
The quality of our research was recognised in the latest Research Excellence Framework 2014, the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions, which placed the Institute of Education in the top quartile of Education departments in the UK.
Over 80% of our research publications were rated as world leading or internationally excellent. The impact of our research on educational policy and practice in first and second language education was judged to be world leading.
To apply for this pathway, please submit an application for MA Education and confirm your choice of pathway in your Statement of Purpose.
IELTS: 6.5 overall with no element less than 6.0 (or equivalent)
Entry requirements: Normally a good undergraduate honours degree (2:1 or above), or equivalent from a university outside the UK, and a professional background in education/training – ideally at least two years' experience of teaching/training. In exceptional cases, a candidate with a slightly lower degree qualification may be allowed to present additional teaching experience to support their application. If you wish to take a specialist pathway, you may also need to demonstrate additional subject knowledge and qualifications.
Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.
How much will it cost?
New UK/EU students: £8,100 per year
New international students: £17,100 per year
Fee per module (part-time study)
Price per 10-credit module:
New UK/EU students: £450
New international students: £950
The fees listed are for full-time study, unless otherwise stated, and relate to courses starting in the 2021/22 academic year. Fee information will be confirmed in offer letters sent out to successful applicants. You can find further information on fees and funding, including for part-time study, through our dedicated fees and funding page.
These course fees cover the cost of your tuition. Some courses will require additional payments for field trips and extra resources. You will also need to budget for your accommodation and living costs. See our information on living costs for more details.
Financial support for your studies
You may be eligible for a scholarship or bursary to help pay for your study. Students from the UK and other EU countries may also be eligible for a student loan to help cover these costs. See our fees and funding information for more information on what's available.
What career can you have?
Our master’s and professional programmes have allowed many teachers to gain promotion within their institutions.
A number of students also continue their studies on to EdD/PhD programmes to pursue a career in educational research.