MA Education

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.

MA Education at University of Winchester

Entry requirements:

Our MA Education is a part-time only course and is suitable for professionals currently working in an educational setting. We would normally expect our students to hold a first, second-class Honours degree or a professional qualification such as Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

Applicants over the age of 21, who do not satisfy the normal entry requirements, may be admitted to the programme provided that they can submit evidence of previous serious study and demonstrate the capacity and attainments to pursue successfully the proposed programme.

If English is not your first language:

IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing

Degree duration

Part-time: 3 Years

Start dates: September and January

Distance learning available: For some modules

Teaching takes place: Evenings and weekends

Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

2017 Entry

September 2017 Entry Part-time 
January 2018 Entry Part-time 
Total Cost | £5,000

International Students

2017 Entry

September 2017 Entry Part-time 
January 2018 Entry Part-time 

Total Cost | £11,200

Additional costs:


  • Printing and binding: Students will be required to cover the cost of dissertation printing and binding. Cost £5-10

To find out what general costs are included or excluded in the course fees, such as textbooks and travel expenses, please click here

Terms and Conditions

For more information about the University of Winchester's terms and conditions click here

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.

Many of the pathways through the MA, underpinned by the modules outlined below, are not taught in the traditional sense but instead enable you to explore an element of your own subject knowledge or pedagogy in your own setting. This enables you to tie your own classroom practice, school leadership role or an aspect of your school improvement with your MA research.

Core Modules:

  • Quantitative Methods in Social
  • Introducing Mixed Methods in Social Research
  • Independent Study

Optional Modules:

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.

  • Examining Professional Practice
  • Investigating Practice through a Project
  • Individual Practitioner Enquiry
  • Developing Pedagogy and Learning
  • Reflecting on Professional Practice
  • Considering Debates in Professional Practice
  • Exploring Aspects of Pedagogy
  • Sharing Professional Practice
  • Exploring Mixed Methods in Research

The above are 'shell' modules which underpin a range of pathways through the MA. These include:

  • Primary Maths Mastery
  • Teaching English as an Additional Language (TEAL)
  • Wellbeing and Education
  • Mentoring and Coaching
  • Pathway for NQTs
  • National SENCO Accreditation
  • Early Years Practice
  • Religious Education in Context
  • Independent Work-based Research

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

While this programme involves a high degree of independent working, group twilight seminars (or weekend for research methods modules) with a tutor and other course members will ensure that you are provided with guidance and support to design, implement and write up your projects and assignments.

Programme Leader

Assessments take the form of reviews of literature, reflective accounts of practice in relation to research, 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.

Course Enquiries and Applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234
Send us a message

International students seeking additional information about this programme can email or call +44 (0) 1962 827023.

Applications need to be submitted before the 31 May 2017. Late applications can be accepted throughout the remainder of the application year, for more information click here.

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