Michael Hand

Michael Hand

External positions

Research interests

Michael works on a range of topics in philosophy of education, including:

  • the nature and aims of moral education
  • teaching controversial issues
  • education for patriotism
  • philosophy in schools
  • the nature and aims of religious education
  • the justifiability of faith schools
  • relationships and sex education
  • autonomy as an educational aim
  • punishment in schools


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

Michael supervises doctoral students working in the field of philosophy of education, primarily in the areas of moral, political, religious and philosophical education. He is currently supervising doctoral theses on the place of philosophy on the school curriculum, the ethics of belief in the classroom, existential thinking in religious education, and tackling extremism through philosophy in schools.