Michael Hand

Michael Hand

Research interests

Michael's research interests are in the areas of moral, political, religious and philosophical education. He has published books and articles on education for patriotism, the nature and aims of religious education, the justifiability of faith schools, autonomy as an educational aim, philosophy in schools, teaching about sexuality, and contrioversial issues in the classroom. His latest book is A Theory of Moral Education, published by Routledge in 2018.

Education/Academic qualification

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Oxford

    Is religious education possible?

  • Master of Science, University of Manchester

  • Master of Arts, University of Cambridge

Professional Qualifications

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education, Open University,

Willingness to take PhD students


PhD projects

Professor Hand supervises doctoral students working in the field of philosophy of education, including faith-based education, spiritual education, philosophy in schools, education for patriotism, academic freedom in higher education, ministerial training, and the interface between science and religion.