Taught course


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

Entry requirements

Normally a first or second-class Honours degree or a professional qualification such as Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Application process: Direct Entry Application Form (available from our website), returned to: CPD Office Faculty of Education Health and Social Care University of Winchester SO22 4NR Email: CPD@winchester.ac.uk

Months of entry


Course content

MA Education at Winchester is grounded in research-based teaching, with practitioners constructing practical theories of the situations which confront them in their professional life and testing them in action. The programme is suitable for teachers working in primary, secondary and post-compulsory settings.

The programme is designed to enhance and deepen pedagogic knowledge of learning and aspects of students' professional role in the workplace. Students build up credits by undertaking a range of optional modules, allowing them to focus on issues relevant to their own professional practice.


Students take optional modules which enable them to identify and develop an aspect of their professional work with a tutor's support. The modules are flexible, allowing for shorter submissions of 4,000 words through to longer submissions of 8,000 words.

Introductory modules:
Critical Thinking and Writing at Masters Level
Introduction to Researching in Education
Reflecting on Professional Practice
Considering Debates in Professional Practice
Exploring Aspects of Pedagogy
Sharing Professional Practice

Further optional modules:
Examining Professional Practice
Investigating Practice through a Project
Individual Practitioner Enquiry
Developing Pedagogy and Learning

The above are 'shell' modules which may be taken as the assessment pathway in any taught or supported CPD course. Examples of courses:
CPD Mathematics
CPD Teaching English as an Additional Language
National SENCO Accreditation
Independent Work-based Research

Research methods modules
Quantitative Methods in Social Research
Qualitative Methods in Social Research

Students must take a minimum of 20 credits of research methods in preparation for the Independent Study (Dissertation). Students choose which to do and can do up to 60 credits of research methods if they wish.

The teaching team encompasses University staff within Education, Health and Social Care, and experienced specialists such as local authority inspection and advisory teams.

Assessments take the form of reflective journals, portfolios, case studies or workplace-based 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.

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


part time
up to 60 months

Course contact details

Sarah Towlson
+44 (0) 1962 624942