Taught course

Philosophy of Education

University of Winchester · Department of Education Studies

Entry requirements

Normally a first or second-class Honours degree in a related subject or professional experience in the area of study.

Months of entry


Course content

  • Explore both historical and contemporary educational issues from a variety of philosophical perspectives
  • Develop analytical and research skills in educational philosophy and theory
  • Discuss and debate subjects such as inclusivity, the curriculum, pedagogy, technology and the arts

The philosophy of education is about asking the most important questions that inform educational debate today: What is education? What are its aims? What kind of education do we need? For whom? Can education make us into better individuals, or cure societal problems? This course examines the ways in which a variety of philosophical ideas and resources can be drawn upon to evaluate contemporary and historical educational concerns more profoundly. Along with an introduction to the field of contemporary philosophies of education, we consider questions of the social, ethical and aesthetic dimensions of education, drawing on canonical and present-day texts, as well as case studies, film, literature, and personal experience, to enhance our appreciation of policy and practice.

You will learn to demonstrate advanced skills in critically engaging with educational literature and research, and debate a wide range of topics such as inclusivity, ethics, and the arts. You are provided with one-to-one support in the production of a dissertation, which is a substantial piece of independent research of between 12,000-15,000 words. You also develop key transferable skills, including the capacity to manage multifaceted projects, the ability to communicate complex ideas to others with clarity, and proficiency at becoming an effective decision-maker.

The course is excellent preparation for you to pursue or advance a career in teaching and school leadership, or in professions related to care and service. It also provides a firm foundation for undertaking a postgraduate research degree.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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