MA Philosophy of Education

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.

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MA Philosophy of Education at University of Winchester

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 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing​

Degree duration

Full-time: 1 year
Part-time: 2 years

Start date: September

Teaching takes place: Evenings

Fact: The MA draws on intellectual resources from national and international sources to reflect on schools and neighbourhoods in ways that are increasingly rigorous and creative.

Fact: The course opens critical spaces to think about educational policy and practice in relation to a wider socioeconomic and political analysis.

Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

September 2017 Entry Full-time | £5,000
September 2017 Entry Part-time | £2,500 p/a

Total Cost | £5,000

International Students

September 2017 Entry Full-time | £11,200
September 2017 Entry Part-time | £5,600 p/a

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

The programme aims to advance student knowledge of substantive areas of educational philosophy and theory, policy, and practice in relation to their intellectual curiosity and/or their current and future professional roles.

Students are introduced to a diverse range of theoretical perspectives on, and methodological approaches to, the field of education. The MA opens spaces to think philosophically and critically about educational policy and practice in relation to a wider socioeconomic and political analysis.

Students are expected 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 them for progression in graduate employment or for further advanced study.

  • Qualitative Methods in Social Research
  • Introducing Mixed Methods in Social Research
  • Pedagogical Ethics
  • Disability and Inclusive Education
  • Introducing the Politics of Educational Policy and Practice
  • The Arts and Education
  • Dissertation
  • Independent Study

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.

Programme Leader

  • Dr Emile Bojensen

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.

Course Enquiries and Applications

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

International students seeking additional information about this programme can email International@winchester.ac.uk 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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