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  • Develop your skills and knowledge for professional growth
  • Link your learning to your professional practice
  • Enjoy a mix of independent study and discussion

Education at Winchester is grounded in research-based teaching – you construct practical theories of the situations which confront you in your professional life and test them in action. The programme is suitable for teachers working in primary, secondary and post-compulsory settings.

You build up credits by undertaking a range of optional modules, allowing you to focus on issues relevant to your own practice. Many of the pathways through the MA enable you to explore an element of your subject knowledge or pedagogy, such as your classroom practice, school leadership role or an aspect of your school improvement, as part of your MA research.

Start by completing a core module of either Quantitative Methods in Social Research or Qualitative Methods in Social Research, followed by a choice of optional modules for further independent study. These enable you to identify and develop an aspect of your professional work with a tutor’s support. The modules are flexible, allowing you to submit assignments of between 4,000 and 8,000 words. Options include Investigating Practice through a Project, Critical Thinking and Writing, Reflecting on Professional Practice, and Considering Debates in Professional Practice.

Within this structure, there are a range of pathways through the MA, enabling you to specialise. 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 and Independent Work-based Research.

The teaching team is drawn from Education, Health and Social Care, and includes experienced specialists such as local authority inspection and advisory teams. Group twilight seminars 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.


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


Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Learning and teaching

Start dates: September and January
Distance learning available: For some modules
Teaching takes place: Evenings and weekends

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.


Taught elements of the course take place on our King Alfred Campus (Winchester) or at our West Downs Campus (Winchester)


Assessments take the form of reviews of literature, reflective accounts of practice in relation to research, portfolios, case studies or workplace-based assignments.

Our validated courses 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.

We ensure 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 on the course you are interested in can be found by attending an open evening or contacting our teaching staff. 


We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures section.


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 or equivalent

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 by 31 May. Late applications can be accepted throughout the remainder of the application year, for more information see our How to Apply section.

Visit us

Explore our campus and find out more about studying at Winchester by coming to one of our open evenings.

Year 1 (Level 7)

Modules Credits

Quantitative Methods in Social Research 40

You must choose a 20 credit module and a 40 credit module. You will not be to study two modules which cover the same methodology.

Independent Study 60

This extended independent study is the culmination of work on the MA Education.  Students will be expected to present a proposal for approval and ethical approval prior to carrying out the study.  With the support of an individual supervisor, students will conceptualise, plan, implement and reflect upon an empirical or reflective/theoretical study that addresses a key issue or a development in practice that is of personal immediacy.  They will select appropriate methods to examine the research question that they have raised, and will apply relevant theory to their consideration of it.  They will write an extended report of their research.

Education and Social Justice 20

Optional Credits

Optional modules

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
Quantitative Methods in Social
Introducing Mixed Methods in Social Research
Independent Work-based 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

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions.
The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

Course Tuition Fees

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

Full-time entry | £5,500
Part-time entry | £2,750 p/a

Total Cost | £5,500

International Students

Full-time entry | £12,950
Part-time entry | £6,475 p/a

Total Cost | £12,950


As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.

There might be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying. The following highlights the mandatory and optional costs for this course:


Printing and binding

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


We have a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards page.

Key course details

Part-time: 3 Years
Typical offer
Normally a first or second-class Honours degree or a professional qualification such as Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
King Alfred Campus or at West Downs, Winchester