Studying for a PhD/MPhil Early Childhood Research Degree with CREC

CREC undertakes tutorial support for MPhil and PhD students, either full time or part time, in collaboration with three prestigious Midland’s universities (University of Birmingham , Birmingham City University and Wolverhampton University).

Research students will usually have a good first degree and have a focus in the field of early childhood studies. 

Applicants should in the first instance contact either Chris Pascal or  Tony Bertram  for an informal discussion.


CREC tutors have an established record of successful PhD completions including the following:

• The link between building design and early year’s philosophy in nurseries
• How children use free play in playgroups
• Effective early childhood educators
• Effective teacher style in the early years
• The transition from home and induction to school
• Perceptions of children's induction to school
• The social world of the nursery playground
• Trends in the initial training of early years teachers
• The development of scientific thinking in children
• Parent partnership and individual children
• An analysis of the feasibility of transferring the English Early Excellence Centre programme to early childhood settings in Greece
• Early childhood policy in the States of Jersey
• The links between schematic representations and emotion in young children’s free play
• Companionable learning in young children
• Perceptions of British Asian parents' involvement in their children's nursery education

CREC’s research students are a key component of the voluntary, free and supportive CREC Learning Circle , a ‘community of practice’, which usually meets 4 - 6.30pm, once a month.

2018-19 MA enrolment poster