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Course content

MA Education Studies provides opportunities for students to enhance their understanding of issues relating to a diverse range of educational policy and practice. It enhances analytical and research skills and provides sociological and philosophical insights into the study of education.

Programme Content

This programme provides opportunities to engage with significant questions, issues and debates within education studies. Students advance their analytical skills, deepen their
understanding of educational theory and methodology, and develop their capacity to reflect critically on professional practice.
Drawing upon differing disciplines and schools of thought, including sociology, law, philosophy, political theory and feminism, the programme invites students to analyse educational experiences, values and practices in ways that are creative, rigorous and rewarding. Students examine the politics of educational policy and practice in relation to questions of social justice, identity, gender, race and the teaching of diverse groups of students. The aim is to engage students with a diverse range of intellectual resources so they might situate themselves in ongoing dialogues about education that are themselves educative.


Core modules include:
• The Politics of Educational Policy and Practice
• Research in Education Studies
Optional modules include:
• Education and Identity
• Education, Ecology and Social Justice
• History, Gender and Education
• Disability and Education
• Special and Inclusive Education
• Progressive and Alternative Forms of Schooling

Learning and Teaching

During a course of lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials, students are offered opportunities to engage in focused group work, to evaluate the contributions of theorists and educationalists, to consider case studies drawn from empirical research and to delve into the rich tapestry of their own experiences to reflect critically upon educational issues, policy and practice.


In this programme, each module is assessed through written assignments, usually essays of up to 5,000 words. Assignment titles emerge from the context of each module, although there are opportunities for titles to be individually negotiated between students and module leaders. Students are also provided with full, one-to-one support in the production of a dissertation, which is a substantial piece of independent research of 15,000 to 20,000 words.


The programme is of benefit for anyone interested in pursuing or advancing careers in professions that involve care and service. It also provides a firm foundation for undertaking a postgraduate research degree.

Visit the MA/PGDip/PGCert Education Studies page on the University of Winchester website for more details!





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