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100% online MA Early Childhood Education

Apply by: 20 August 2024
To begin: 3 September 2024
    • 180 credits
    • Complete in as little as 14 months
Help give children the best start in life with the Keele difference – a 100% online MA from a university ranked in the top 10 in England for Education

This is Keele:

  • 100% online MA – 14 months full-time or 2 years part-time
  • Top 10 in England for Education*
  • Top 300 in the World for Education**
  • Britain's Best University, as ranked by students***
  • 80% of research 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent'****
  • £7,440 total fees with option to pay per module
  • Keele alumni discount available
*Complete University Guide, 2021
**Times Higher Education World Rankings, 2023
***No. 1 in the UK, Student Crowd University Awards, 2022
****Research Excellence Framework, 2021

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An online Master’s degree designed to equip educators with solid foundations, enabling young children to thrive

Keele’s 100% online MA Early Childhood Education is designed to prepare educators for professional practice in early years settings. Whether you’re a child psychologist, school counsellor, child therapist or support worker, gain the skills to enhance your career and help take it to the next level.

This programme is ideal if you are seeking to progress as an educator working with young children. Our education graduates have secured roles in a broad range of sectors and settings, including education, politics, local authorities, policy think tanks, business, national and international NGOs, the Civil Service, and the creative industries.

Flexible online study for practitioners seeking to improve the educational and life outcomes of children

This modular, part-time Master’s degree is ideal for professionals with busy lives and demanding schedules. We aim to remove barriers to learning, such as time, location and cost, so your studies will fit in with your existing commitments from the very beginning.

Access course content at times that suit you and establish your own study schedule around existing family or work commitments. Our flexible online approach allows you to further your career without taking a career break, making space for professional development but not at the expense of other responsibilities.

Choose from six start dates per year, so you can start your studies at a point that suits you for maximum freedom and flexibility.

What you will learn

Develop the specialist skills and knowledge to support one of the most important stages of a child’s development. Alongside the fundamental building blocks of early learning – including child development and child psychology – you will gain a deep understanding of key issues in early education, from early years policy to developing and delivering a well-rounded curricula.

This programme particularly focuses on professional development, enabling you to reflect on your own practice and grow as an education professional.

An outstanding learning experience at a highly ranked university

Develop as a transformational early years practitioner at a leading university for education. Keele University is ranked in the Top 10 Universities in England for Education, according to the Complete University Guide 2021, and as a Global Top 300 institution for Education (Times Higher Education World Rankings 2023).

Your early childhood studies will be enhanced by our research-rich culture and environment. The latest Research Excellence Framework rated 80% of our research as either ‘world leading’ or ‘of international importance’, and your course content will be informed by cutting-edge developments and thinking across the sector.

Entry requirements for home and international students

  • A minimum of 2:2 undergraduate degree or a UK Master’s degree (or international equivalent).


  • A third-class honours degree or an ordinary degree (without honours) or UK equivalent professional qualification with a minimum of two years’ appropriate work experience.


  • Applicants who do not hold a recognised degree will be asked to provide evidence which demonstrates a minimum of three years’ relevant experience in education. This can include a wide range of educational experiences, ranging from teaching practice, educational development, educational consultancy and advising, and a range of positions in educational organisations other than schools, universities and further education colleges, such as recruitment agencies, companies specialising in the analysis of educational institutions, government organisations, local councils, charities and NGOs/ INGOs. The evidence will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

English language requirements

If English isn’t your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

  • IELTS at 6.0 overall with no individual component below 5.5
  • TOEFL overall minimum 79
  • PTE Academic overall minimum 50
  • Cambridge (CAE & CPE) overall 169 with minimum scores of 162 in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking
  • Duolingo with 95 overall including minimum 85 in each element
  • A degree qualification taught in English and completed within the last two years

Technical requirements

As these programmes are delivered 100% online, you will be required to have access to a desktop computer or laptop, with an up-to-date operating system and the ability to use an up-to-date web browser such Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome. Webcam access would be beneficial to online learning, as some modules require submission of videos for assessment and feedback. Usage of Microsoft Office 365 is also required (access is included at no extra cost to Keele Students). Additionally, students will be required to access their learning resources using Canvas via a web browser. 

Canvas LMS Browser and Computer Requirements 

Programme Start dates

Next start date: 3 September 2024
Documents deadline: 27 August 2024
Application deadline: 20 August 2024


Total programme fees: £7,440
Per 15-credit module fee: £620

If you are based in the UK or the EU, you may be eligible for a government postgraduate loan to cover the full course fees.

Keele alumni discount: if you have successfully completed an undergraduate degree at Keele, you are eligible for a 10% tuition fees reduction, reducing total fees payable to £6,696.

You pay tuition fees for each module taken, either module-by-module or in full at the start of your course.

If you pay module-by-module, you will pay in instalments of £620.


Top 10 in England for Education (Complete University Guide 2021)
Top 300 in the world for Education (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023)
Top 10 for Student Experience (Times Good University Guide, 2020)
Award - Britain's best university, as ranked by students (StudentCrowd University Awards, 2022)

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