Taught course

Philosophy in Education

Heythrop College · Philosophy

Entry requirements

An honours degree, (normally 2.1 or above) or equivalent, in an appropriate subject

Months of entry


Course content

The MA Philosophy in Education is an innovative masters aimed specifically at teachers of philosophy in schools, particularly those who deliver, or wish to deliver, the AQA A Level in Philosophy. The programme combines taught modules carefully focused on topics on the A Level syllabus with a module on Teaching Philosophy, which includes training in the methodology of Philosophy for Children. It is suitable both for those with previous education in philosophy, and those seeking a rigorous introduction.

The programme consists of four modules, three of which are shared with MA Philosophy students, and a dissertation. The core module in Teaching Philosophy combines in-depth discussions of A Level Philosophy requirements and resources, and is recognised by SAPERE for Level 1 training and qualification. You also study Knowledge and Reality to examine current theories in epistemology and analytic metaphysics, covering themes such as realism, justification, scepticism and freedom. Students then take Introduction to Philosophy if they have not studied the subject before, and choose either one or two optional modules that cover the main areas on the A Level syllabus on Ethics, Logic and Language, Mind and Psychology, Political Philosophy and Reason and Religion. Some modules are only taught on alternate years.

Heythrop offers all qualified teachers 33% reduction in fees (conditions do apply - please see the website for more detail).

Information for international students

IELTS (taken within two years of the start of your studies at Heythrop) - 6.5 With no less than 6.5 in each of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. Find out more about language requirements and other tests.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

The College has established a new Scholarship Fund which is open to postgraduate students starting their studies in September 2014. Scholarships will be awarded to students on the basis of financial need and motivation to study at Heythrop and will be used to reduce the tuition fees charged to students by the College. College scholarships reducing the cost of tuition are also available for qualified teachers, alumni, and applicants with a first class honours degree at undergraduate level.

Please refer to the College website for full details.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment80
Dissertation20 (12000 words)

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
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