This popular Master´s programme offers an exciting opportunity to examine how children’s play develops and how children develop as they play. It considers the developmental, educational and therapeutic potential of play at an advanced academic level, combining demanding intellectual work with sophisticated reflection on practice.
The normal entry requirement of the scheme is a 2.2 (or above) degree in a related discipline (for example childhood studies, education, psychology, sociology, mental health). Applicants unsure as to the suitability of their qualifications should contact the admissions tutor.
Applicants who do not have an undergraduate degree, must instead have significant relevant work experience. In these cases the admissions tutor will assess the appropriateness of this experience in relation to the programme.
Applicants may also be asked to attend an interview.
Applicants will be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check (previously known as a Criminal Records Bureau, or CRB, Check). International students will also need this, or an approved University equivalent.
International applicants: English language requirements are a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in all domains, or a University approved equivalent, prior to starting the programme.
Module code: EYXM12
Understanding and Observing Child Development
Module code: EYXM06
International Perspectives on Play
Module code: EYXM15
Therapeutic Work with Children
Module code: EYPM11
Play Theory and Practice
Module code: EYXM01
Students are given one to one tuition as they work toward the completion of an empirical or literature based thesis related to play and child development.
Careers extending from this highly regarded programme might include specialist positions in education, international aid, counselling and pastoral care, social work, hospital/health care and play work. Graduates have secured posts in domestic violence teams, the prison service, hospitals and schools. Some have also set up their own businesses or have gone on to pursue further training in play therapy, counselling, psychotherapy or clinical psychology. We are also able to offer supervision for students who wish to continue their studies in this field at PhD level.
We encourage voluntary work throughout the programme and have established links to facilitate this. We disseminate career information and relevant job advertisements, we hold career tutorials, we involve past graduates in our teaching, and we encourage publication of student research.
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