Taught course


University of Winchester · Department of Post Experience, Training and Professional Development

Entry requirements

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 or second-class Honours degree or a professional qualification such as Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Applicants 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.

Months of entry


Course content

  • Develop your skills and knowledge for professional growth
  • Link your learning to your professional practice
  • Learn through a combination of taught input, independent study and group discussion

The MA Education at Winchester is grounded in research-informed teaching, with opportunities to reflect on and analyse aspects of practice within your own education context. The programme is suitable for practitioners working in primary, secondary, early years 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. The modules are flexible, allowing you identify and develop an aspect of your professional work with a tutor’s support.

The programme offers opportunities for students to raise questions and reflect critically on current issues, theoretical perspectives and research evidence relevant to their professional interests and priorities. It provides a context within which supported critical engagement with theory and research enables development of each student’s identity and agency as a facilitator of learning. Within the programme, critical examination of the nature of learning and teaching is facilitated through engagement with different lenses drawn from theoretical and research-informed perspectives. Opportunities for discussion and debate within scaffolded communities of practice provide opportunities for translation of practical understanding into rigorous intellectual study, drawing on values, global issues and innovation. A focus on transforming professional practice throughout the programme enables students to become facilitators of change within their own professional settings, informing improved outcomes for all learners.

Flexible learning tailored to your own interests are priorities are possible within the Independent Work-based Route (IWBR), (IWBR), enabling you to focus on an aspect of teaching, learning or educational leadership which is specifically relevant to their work in their own setting. In addition there are two Post Graduate Certificate pathways available: National Award for SEN Co-ordination and Church School Leadership.

The teaching team is drawn from tutors with a range of research interests within the Faculty of Education. Group seminars with a tutor and other students take place in evenings and/or Saturdays, these sessions will be accessed through a blended learning approach with a combination of online seminars, with some campus-based learning opportunities.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
+44 (0) 1962 841515