Moray House School of Education and Sport

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.

We consistently rank in the top tiers of global education and sport-related studies.

Moray House ranks in the top 10 in the UK in a number of rankings for education and sport-related studies

  • 4th in the UK and 22nd in the world in the 2021 QS World University Ranking by subject: Education.
  • 7th in the UK and 21st in the world in the 2021 QS World University Ranking by subject: Sport-related subjects.
  • 1st in the UK, 2021 THE World University Ranking for universities offering Sport Science.
  • 5th in the UK, 2021 THE World University Ranking for Education.
  • 3rd in Education and 4th in Sport Science in the UK in the 2021 Complete University Guide.

Moray House consistently ranks as one of the top centres of excellence for educational research in the UK. In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, we ranked first in Scotland in both education and sport and exercise research. We placed in the top five in the UK for educational research (ranked fifth for research power, Research Fortnight REF 2014), and in the UK top 10 for sport and exercise sciences, leisure and tourism research (ranked 10th for research power, Research Fortnight REF 2014), confirming our reputation as a UK centre of excellence in these fields.

Accreditations, Affiliations, Endorsements and Recognition

BSc (Hons) Applied Sport Science

The BSc (Hons) Applied Sport Science is endorsed by the BASES Undergraduate Endorsement Scheme.

BA Childhood Practice

The BA Childhood Practice is accredited by the Scottish Social Services Council.

MA Learning in Communities

The MA Learning in Communities, like its predecessor, the BA Community Education, is accredited by the Community Learning and Development Standards Council for Scotland.

Initial Teacher Education Programmes

Our Initial Teacher Education Programmes - including MA (Hons) Primary Education with Gaelic, MA (Hons) Physical Education, PGDE, MSc Transformative Learning and Teaching, and MSc Dance Science and Education with TQs - are accredited by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS).

MSc Outdoor Environmental & Sustainability Education

The MSc Outdoor Environmental & Sustainability Education is affiliated with the University's Global Environment and Society Academy.

Global Environment and Society Academy

MSc Social Justice and Community Action

The MSc Social Justice and Community Action (Online Learning) is the flagship teaching initiative of the University of Edinburgh’s Global Justice Academy, a multi-disciplinary network of academics and research centres committed to global justice concerns.

Global Justice Academy

MSc Strength & Conditioning


The MSc Strength & Conditioning is formally recognised by the National Strength and Conditioning Association Education Recognition Programme. This recognition distinguishes the programme as having a standardised, approved strength and conditioning curricula.

Athena SWAN Bronze Award

Athena SWAN Bronze Award

In recognition of the positive work Moray House School of Education and Sport has done to promote diversity and equality among staff and students, Athena SWAN granted the School a Bronze Award in 2018. The honour endorses the School's continued efforts to create an open environment which supports equal career advancement for everyone.

Sustainability Awards

Sustainability Award silver 2018

Moray House is pleased to have earned a SILVER Sustainability Award in 2018. Office Sustainability Awards recipients fulfil a range of social responsibility and sustainability criteria focusing on communications & engagement, energy savings, sustainable travel, resource efficiency, responsible purchasing and staff wellbeing.

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