Postgraduate study

Education

Awards: PhD, MPhil

Study modes: Full-time, Part-time

Funding available

Programme website: Education

We offer the largest concentration of researchers in education in a Scottish university and our research covers all aspects of education and learning – from pre-school to higher and lifelong learning – plus sport and related fields.

Moray House School of Education staff are able to provide supervision on a wide range of topics within the fields of education, recreation management, sociology of sport, sports science and counselling. Many opportunities exist for interdisciplinary research.

Research clusters

Visit our website for more information on each of our research clusters:

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree requires the submission of a thesis of not more than 100,000 words and the Master of Philosophy (MPhil) requires the submission of a thesis of not more than 60,000 words.

Students following both degrees are normally supported in their research by two supervisors. The first of these will be a member of staff who has expertise in the general area of your proposed research topic and the second will be another expert in the field who may come from within the University or a field of practice.

Most students who are accepted begin a period of research leading to a PhD, however, the first year of both degrees is probationary and progression to year two is dependent on satisfactory progress.

We offer a number of courses in research methodologies, which research students are encouraged to take during their first year.

To study at postgraduate level you should have a first degree in an appropriate subject or relevant qualifications and experience.

Confirm with the School to find out whether there are specific entry requirements for this programme.

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.

Find out more about our language requirements:

  • Moray House School of Education
  • Thomson's Land
  • Holyrood Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 8AQ

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.

You must submit two references with your application.

Find out more about the general application process for postgraduate programmes:

Further information

  • Moray House School of Education
  • Thomson's Land
  • Holyrood Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 8AQ