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MSc Education - 1 Year (Full-time)
MSc Education - 2 Years (Part-time)
MSc Education - 3 Years (Part-time)

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Fieldwork costs if taking Environmental Education options.

Contact information
Postgraduate Admissions
Phone: +44 (0)131 650 4085
Dr Lorna Hamilton (Programme Director)
Phone: +44 (0)131 651 6457
Address: Moray House School of Education
Old Moray House
Holyrood Campus

Ideal as an advanced study of the intellectual, ethical and cultural processes of education, this programme also gives you the chance to reflect on – and build on – your own professional development.

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement is a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent in a relevant discipline. Alternatively, you may be considered on the basis of employment or relevant educational experience.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:

  • IELTS: total 7.0 (at least 6.5 in each module)
  • TOEFL-iBT: total 100 (at least 23 in each module)
  • PTE(A): total 67 (at least 61 in each of the “Communicative Skills" sections)
  • CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 176 in each module)

If you completed a CAE or CPE before January 2015 please contact the Admissions Office for the accepted grades.

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How to apply

You must submit a reference with your application.

We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. If you are also applying for funding or will require a visa then we strongly recommend you apply as early as possible. We may consider late applications if we have places available, but you should contact the relevant Admissions Office for advice first.

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Programme description

Through strategically designed core courses and a wide range of options, this programme allows you to focus your studies on particular areas of interest and relevance to your career aims.

With guidance from our staff (all leaders in the field) and in a lively and supportive student community, you will take part in social and philosophical reflection and debate, and critically analyse the themes that dominate today’s academic and policy communities.

You will take an in-depth approach to policy analysis, as well as exploring international and comparative perspectives on education and training.

Programme structure

You will learn through a combination of lectures, student-led seminars/ presentations and, where appropriate, practical skills training and project work.

You will complete two compulsory courses and three optional courses, as well as training in research methods.

On completion of these courses, you will also produce an independently researched dissertation.

Compulsory courses

All students complete three courses:

  • Ethics and Education: The Normative Dimensions of Education
  • Education Policy and the Politics of Education
  • Research Methods

Optional courses

Optional courses may include:

  • Adult Education and Life Long Learning
  • Child and Adolescent Development
  • Curriculum: Context, Change and Development
  • Developmental Disabilities: A Psychological Approach
  • Education and Training Systems of the UK
  • Educational Planning and Administration
  • International Perspectives on Education and Training
  • Learners, Learning and Teaching
  • Philosophical Foundations of Educational Theory, Policy and Practice
  • Gifted and Talented

Options may also be chosen from courses offered by the MSc in Educational Research, the MSc programmes offered by our Graduate School of Social and Political Science and other MSc programmes within the Moray House School of Education (subject to approval).

Career opportunities

This broad programme can open up a similarly diverse range of career options. Past students have undertaken further study and doctoral research, while others have applied their knowledge and skills to a variety of education-related fields, from school teaching, educational policy and administration, to recruitment, charity-related educational research and political advisory roles.

You will graduate with a highly regarded degree and transferable skills in areas such as communication and project management, which can be applied to roles in any field.

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