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 (including 6.5 in academic writing) or equivalent

Degree duration

Part-time: Up to 5 years (maximum)

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

January 2017 Entry Part-time 
Total Cost | £4,900

2017 Entry

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

International Students

September 2016 Entry Part-time 
January 2017 Entry Part-time 

Total Cost | £10,900

2017 Entry

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

Total Cost | £11,200

Additional costs:

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

**Please note the fees are indicative and subject to the approval of the University of Winchester Board of Governors. 


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.

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
  • Pedagogical Ethics

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.

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.

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.

Application process: Direct Entry Application Form, returned to:
CPD Office
Faculty of Education Health and Social Care
University of Winchester
SO22 4NR

Applications need to be submitted before the 20 May 2017. Late applications can be accepted throughout the remainder of the application year, for more information click here.

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