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Education (MA)

Course Description

MA Education at Winchester is grounded in research-based teaching, with practitioners constructing practical theories of the situations which confront them in their professional life and testing them in action. The programme is suitable for teachers working in primary, secondary and post-compulsory settings.

Programme Content

The programme is designed to enhance and deepen pedagogic knowledge of learning and aspects of students' professional role in the workplace. Students build up credits by undertaking a range of optional modules, allowing them to focus on issues relevant to their own professional practice.

See the website http://www.winchester.ac.uk/Studyhere/Pages/ma-education.aspx


Students take optional modules which enable them to identify and develop an aspect of their professional work with a tutor's support. The modules are flexible, allowing for shorter submissions of 4,000 words through to longer submissions of 8,000 words.

Introductory modules:
- Critical Thinking and Writing at Masters Level
- Introduction to Researching in Education
- Reflecting on Professional Practice
- Considering Debates in Professional Practice
- Exploring Aspects of Pedagogy
- Sharing Professional Practice

Further optional modules:
- Examining Professional Practice
- Investigating Practice through a Project
- Individual Practitioner Enquiry
- Developing Pedagogy and Learning

The above are 'shell' modules which may be taken as the assessment pathway in any taught or supported CPD course. Examples of courses:
- CPD Mathematics
- CPD Teaching English as an Additional Language
- National SENCO Accreditation
- Independent Work-based Research

Research methods modules:
- Quantitative Methods in Social Research
- Qualitative Methods in Social Research

Students must take a minimum of 20 credits of research methods in preparation for the Independent Study (Dissertation). Students choose which to do and can do up to 60 credits of research methods if they wish.

Learning and Teaching

The teaching team encompasses University staff within Education, Health and Social Care, and experienced specialists such as local
authority inspection and advisory teams.


Assessments take the form of reflective journals, portfolios, case studies or workplace-based assignments.

At the University of Winchester validated programmes 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. The University is committed to ensuring that 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 in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.


A Masters degree is increasingly seen as an essential qualification for senior educational positions. The programme develops skills and knowledge for significant professional development.

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

Entry Requirements

Normally a first or second-class Honours degree or a professional qualification such as Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). If English is not your first language: IELTS 6.5 (including 6.5 in academic writing) or equivalent

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