Taught course

Philosophy of Education

Institution
University of Winchester · Department of Education Studies
Qualifications
MA

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

September

Course content

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.

This programme provides opportunities to engage with significant questions, issues and debates within education studies. Students advance their analytical skills, deepen their understanding of educational theory and methodology and develop their capacity to reflect critically on professional practice.

Drawing upon differing disciplines and schools of thought, including sociology, law, philosophy, political theory and feminism, the programme invites students to analyse educational experiences, values and practices in ways which are creative, rigorous and rewarding.

Students examine the politics of educational policy and practice in relation to questions of social justice, identity, gender, race and the teaching of diverse groups of students. The aim is to engage students with a diverse range of intellectual resources so they might situate themselves in ongoing dialogues about education.

Modules

Qualitative Methods in Social Research
Quantitative Methods in Social Research
History, Gender and Education
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.

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.

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.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language: IELTS 6.5 (including 6.5 in academic writing) or equivalent. International students seeking additional information about this programme can email International@winchester.ac.uk or call +44 (0) 1962 827023.

Fees and funding

Home and EU tuition fee: £4,900
International tuition fee: £10,900

Limited bursaries, scholarships and discounts are available - please see our website under 'Students and Money' for more details.

Qualification and course duration

MA

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
Course Enquiries and Applications
Email
course.enquiries@winchester.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0) 1962 827234