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Philosophy of Education (MA)

Course Description

MA Philosophy of Education at Winchester provides the opportunity for students to develop 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 which 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.

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


- Qualitative Methods in Social Research
- Quantitative Methods in Social Research
- History, Gender and Education
- Disability and Inclusive Education
- Introducing the Politics of Educational Policy and Practice
- The Arts and Education
- Dissertation
- Independent Study

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.


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 15,000-20,000 words.

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.


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

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

Entry Requirements

Normally a first or second-class Honours degree in a related subject or professional experience in the area of study. If English is not your first language: IELTS 6.5 (including 6.5 in academic writing) or equivalent.

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