Moray House School of Education and Sport

The School

Introduction to our School and details on: Staff and research students, Digital services, QAE, Accessibility, Committees, Policies, Maps estates and history.

Moray House School of Education and Sport has been making a major contribution and impact to the fields of education and sport both in Scotland and worldwide for almost 200 years. In that time, our staff, students and alumni have influenced, improved and transformed learning and teaching and wider educational policy in the UK and beyond.

Rankings and reputation

We are the leading School of Education and Sport in Scotland – ranked first for both educational and sport and exercise sciences research power, according to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.

Maps, estates and history

Moray House
We are based in the heart of Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city, on the University’s Holyrood campus, located next to the Scottish Parliament under the extinct volcano, Arthur’s Seat.


The School employs over 300 professional and academic staff. Our academic staff are internationally renowned for their theory-informed applied research and for the education of undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Mission, vision and values

Above all, we focus on quality, whether it is in teaching, research or student experience.

Today, we continue to conduct research across all aspects of education and learning – from pre-school to higher education and lifelong learning. We provide an outstanding learning and research environment, where students learn to become future leaders able to meet the diverse opportunities and challenges of the 21st century, in the following areas: 

  • teacher education
  • educational leadership and management
  • language teaching
  • learning for sustainability
  • outdoor learning
  • physical activity for health
  • physical education
  • social justice and inclusive pedagogy
  • sport and exercise science
  • sport policy, management and international development
  • digital education and learning analytics
  • childhood practice
  • community education

The School’s five research clusters - Equality, social justice and inclusion; Pedagogy, learning and curriculum; Language, culture and communication; Digital education; Sport, physical education and health science - supplement the work of research centres and groups and are aimed at fostering emergent areas of research excellence. 


The University of Edinburgh is an exciting and rewarding place to study, in a School renowned for excellence in education and sport. We offer undergraduate, postgraduate, and career-long professional learning in education and sport-related subjects and provide a platform for research, discussion, and debate. Our research expertise informs our extensive range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, meaning students learn in a high-quality, research-led environment, on programmes designed to encourage them to explore fundamental issues and new perspectives.

We are home to one of the largest groupings of research students in education and sport-related studies, and we are committed to developing research-led teaching within a culture that values contributions to wider sustainable and socially responsible development both locally and globally. We promote education, health, economic, environmental, social and cultural wellbeing.

Our sports science provision is ranked 1st in the UK in the Guardian University Guide 2017, we are the UK’s largest provider of initial teacher education in Physical Education and

Our alumni include world-famous novelist JK Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, and Great Britain’s most successful Olympic athlete, cyclist Sir Chris Hoy MBE.

Undergraduate study

Postgraduate study

Career-long Professional Learning


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