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  • Explore both historical and contemporary educational issues through a multidisciplinary approach
  • Develop analytical skills in educational theory, philosophy and practice
  • Discuss and debate subjects such as inclusivity, ethics, and the arts

Philosophy of Education at Winchester enables you to develop your knowledge of educational philosophy. You explore theory, policy, and practice as they relate to your intellectual curiosity and/or your current and future professional roles. You are introduced to a diverse range of theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches, and encouraged to enhance your analytical and research skills.

The course provides opportunities to think philosophically and critically about educational policy and practice in relation to a wider socioeconomic and political analysis. You learn to demonstrate advanced skills in critically engaging with educational literature and research, and to develop key transferable skills, including the capacity to manage projects, to communicate complex ideas to others with clarity, and to make effective decisions independently and with others, in preparation for equipping you for progression in graduate employment or for further advanced study.

You evaluate the contributions of theorists and educationalists, consider case studies drawn from empirical research, and delve into the rich tapestry of your own experiences to reflect critically upon educational issues, policy and practice. You study modules including Introducing Philosophy of Education, Pedagogical Ethics, Education and Social Justice, Aesthetics and Education. You are provided with full, one-to-one support in the production of a dissertation, which is a substantial piece of independent research of 12,000 words.

The course is excellent preparation for you to pursue or advance a career in teaching and school leadership, or in professions related to care and service. It also provides a firm foundation for undertaking a postgraduate research degree.

Careers

The programme prepares graduates to pursue or advance careers in any profession with an educational component or context. While the most obvious examples include the areas of teaching, educational management and policy, disability and professions that involve care and service, the programme seeks to produce graduates who would be able to apply transfer their knowledge, skills, and understanding to a wide variety of sectors, including business, charity work, and arts & culture. The programme also provides a firm foundation for those interested in undertaking a postgraduate research degree.

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Learning and teaching

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

Teaching takes place:

Evenings (and some Saturdays for the part-time route) 

Location

Taught elements of the course take place on campus in Winchester

Assessment

Each module is assessed through written assignments, usually essays, along with other forms of assessment. 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 provided with full, one-to-one support in the production of a dissertation, which is a substantial piece of independent research of 12,000 words.

Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances.

We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Feedback

We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures.

Modules

  • Introducing Philosophy of Education
  • Introducing Mixed Methods in Social Research
  • Pedagogical Ethics
  • Education and Social Justice
  • Aesthetics and Education
  • Dissertation
  • Independent Study

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at http://www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions.

The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.


Visit the Philosophy of Education MA page on the University of Winchester website for more details!

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