Moray House School of Education and Sport

MSc Education: General pathway

Gain an ideal foundation to work in education policy, research or practice, or to progress on to doctoral study.

This pathway offers you a broad base in the field of education through four compulsory courses, plus the flexibility to choose from a range of option courses (making up 60 credits) to focus on topics that appeal to you specifically. 

This degree will provide you with in-depth knowledge of education as well as skills that are highly transferable to other fields. You'll gain an ideal foundation for work in education policy, research or practice or to set you up to progress onto doctoral study. 

Pathway structure

For the general MSc Education programme, you will complete a range of compulsory courses and complete three option courses. On completion of these courses, you will also produce an independently researched dissertation.

Compulsory courses

Option courses

Optional courses are subject to change each year but have previously included:

Course Description (2023-24)

The course is really eye-opening and exciting for students who are adjusting to MSc Education study in the first semester. Dr Lee has devoted a lot to engage as much as possible to help students study effectively during this challenging time.

Education Policy and the Politics of Education - nominated for Outstanding Course in the EUSA Teaching Awards 2021


Over the course of studies in semester one and two, our staff will support you to gradually become more independent in your studies. This helps prepare you for your dissertation project.  On successful completion of the core and option courses, you will complete a dissertation project which is a piece of independent, original research of 12,000 words.

Once you reach the dissertation stage, you will have a series of small group and one-to-one meetings with your allocated supervisor, who will work closely with you during the dissertation project. One of the benefits of being in a large department is that there is a wide range of staff skills to draw upon so dissertation supervisors are more likely to be specialists in your chosen area of research.

Contact us

For further information about this pathway, please contact the Pathway Co-ordinator.

Pathway Co-ordinator: Dr Courtney Stafford-Walter

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