Philosophy of Education (MA)

the United Kingdom

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The award

How long you will study
1 - 2 Years

Domestic course fees
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How you will study
full-time, part-time

Course starts
January, April, October

International course fees
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All study options

About Philosophy of Education at University College London (UCL)

This masters degree will:

  • give you a comprehensive grounding in philosophy of education
  • explore the relevance to education today of ethics, political philosophy, philosophy of mind and epistemology
  • enable you to think philosophically about your own educational concerns and reflect on relevant aspects of policy and practice such as fairness, equality and knowledge
  • help you to argue a case and to evaluate the arguments of others on controversial issues.

This masters degree provides an opportunity to:

  • study a programme that is unique in the UK and based in a major UK centre for philosophy of education
  • gain a grounding in philosophical approaches and their application
  • become part of a lively community of masters and doctoral students with shared interests and from a wide range of backgrounds.
Who is this programme for?

Anyone interested professionally or personally in questions about the moral and political justification of education; educational aims and values in liberal societies; the nature of knowledge and understanding; and the educational implications of different philosophical traditions.

Entry requirements

A good first degree, including some study of philosophy or a related subject, and experience of some form of educational work.

Core topics
  • Values, aims and society.
Related topics
  • Theory and practice in education
  • Understanding education research.
How are you assessed?

By coursework assignments of up to 5,000 words and a 20,000-word dissertation or 10,000-word report.


Face-to-face evening and occasional Saturday sessions.

Where do our students go?

Graduates of this masters degree are currently working as:

  • teachers and senior school leaders
  • university lecturers and researchers
  • youth workers
  • staff in policy think-tanks.
More information

Here are two talks by Professor Paul Standish, our head of Philosophy of Education:

"So you think philosophy relates to practice?" Watch video (YouTube) or download transcript (pdf, 0.4mb).

"So, managerialism connects with ICT?" Watch video (YouTube) or download transcript (pdf, 0.4mb).


Core modules
  • Philosophy Of Education: Values, Aims And Society
  • Theoretical Foundations Of Educational Ideas
Recommended modules
  • Philosophy of Education: Knowledge, Mind & Understanding

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMAHow you will studyFull-time, Part-timeHow long you will study1 - 2 year
    Course startsJanuary, April, OctoberDomestic course fees find outInternational course fees find out

Entry requirements

1. Students are normally required to have a minimum overall IELTS score of 7.0 for direct entry, with a score of no lower than 6.0 for writing and 6.5 for reading. 2. A good first degree, including some study of philosophy or a related subject, and experience of some form of educational work.

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