Moray House School of Education and Sport has been making a major contribution to the fields of education and sport for almost 200 years. Our staff, students and alumni have influenced, improved and transformed learning, teaching and policy worldwide.
With students and staff coming from around the world, we offer a truly global outlook on the biggest issues impacting education and sport. Our sport students and alumni have competed internationally at all levels, and our research has had a huge impact both in the UK and abroad.
Find out more about what we're doing on our news and events pages.
Rankings and reputation
The most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) results place us as Scotland’s top-ranked institution for research breadth and quality in education and sport. The REF classifies nearly 90% of our sport research and 80% of our education research as ‘world leading’ and ‘internationally excellent’.
Moray House is also ranked:
- 1st in the UK for universities offering Sport Science (2023 THE World University Ranking)
- 1st in Scotland and 3rd in the UK for Education (2024 Complete University Guide)
- 1st in Scotland and 13th in the world for Education (2023 QS World University ranking by subject)
- 2nd in Scotland for Sport Science (2024 Complete University Guide)
For more information about our rankings, accreditations, affiliations and recognition, please visit our Rankings and Reputation page.
Our academic staff are world-renowned for their research and teaching skills.
Vision, mission, values and EDI
Our vision is to maintain and further strengthen our position as the leading centre for research impact and teaching in education and sport, both at home and abroad.
We also seek to promote an inclusive, fair, respectful culture and a safe, welcoming environment in which everyone can flourish. Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Committee is responsible for ensuring that staff, students and visitors feel safe and are treated with dignity and respect.
More information about our School’s Vision, Mission and Values and EDI commitments can be found on the pages below.
Moray House welcomed its first trainee teachers in September 1848.
Just over a century later, Moray House and the University of Edinburgh partnered to launch a joint Bachelor of Education (BEd) degree. In 1983, this completely replaced the previous three-year diploma for primary teachers.
Four years later, Moray House merged with Dunfermline College of Physical Education, the first school in Scotland to train women to be physical education teachers. Dunfermline's former campus at Cramond was closed in 2001 and its facilities relocated to St Leonard's Land at Holyrood.
In 1998 Moray House merged with the University of Edinburgh to become the Faculty of Education of the University of Edinburgh. In 2019, the school was renamed Moray House School of Education and Sport.
We have nearly 30,000 active alumni making a difference in the worlds of education and sport. You can hear about their experiences of studying at Moray House and what they did afterwards on our Alumni page.
We are based at the University of Edinburgh's Holyrood Campus, near the Scottish Parliament and Arthur's seat.