Moray House School of Education and Sport

Physical Education (MA Hons)

Gain an excellent foundation for a very rewarding career teaching Physical Education (PE) and help shape the learning experiences of young people in physical education, school sport and physical activity.

If you wish to work with children and adolescents, gain a well-developed understanding of the scientific knowledge and historical and contemporary issues to make informed decisions about the education of pupils in schools and other educational settings, you can do so on this degree programme.

The University of Edinburgh is the largest provider of undergraduate PE teacher education in the UK, so you'll work and learn with tutors who are engaged in conducting and publishing research that is of international significance. We work in partnership with schools and agencies involved with the promotion of physical activity and sport to provide the best educational experiences for our students preparing to become teachers of physical education.

Programme delivery 2021/22

Visit UCAS for detailed entry requirements, fees, and to apply. 

Apply now on UCAS: Physical Education (MA Hons) - XC61

Programme Structure

Visit the University’s Degree Finder for a detailed programme structure for all years of study, indicative entry requirements, fees, international grade equivalency, and language requirements.

Career opportunities

Children playing in a school playground
Graduates are qualified to teach and eligible for provisional registration from the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) in primary and secondary schools. Eligible graduates may join a guaranteed, paid, one-year probationary teaching post.

Meet our students

Hear what our current students have to say about the programme.

Fees and funding

Find details on all aspects of fees and finance, from tuition fees, how to identify your fee status, and funding opportunities.

Contact us

Questions about your application or how to apply? Contact the Undergraduate Admissions team or the Programme Director who look forward to hearing from you.
Physical Education students in the main games hall

Facilities in the Institute for Sport, Physical Education and Health Sciences

As a student on the MA (Hons) Physical Education programme, you’ll be based in Moray House’s Institute for Sport, Physical Education and Health Sciences.

Here we offer comprehensively-equipped laboratories for human performance, exercise physiology, biomechanics, sports psychology and motor skills.

Sport & Exercise at the University

The Institute is connected to the University’s Sport and Exercise facilities, offering specialist gymnasia, sports halls, a swimming pool and fitness suites. The Peffermill complex is located nearby and provides high quality pitches fro various sports. 

The excellence of our facilities provide a quality infrastructure to support effective and efficient programme delivery.

Sport & Exercise


James Smith talks about his experience studying MA Physical Education

James Smith in the University Library

James Smith is a graduate of MA Physical Education.

"Throughout school, I had recognised the vast impact that particular teachers had on pupils by going above and beyond. This taught me the value of what a teacher can do with their position in a child’s life."

Student Profile: James Smith

Undergraduate Virtual Open Day

Find out more about our prospective student event on 2 October 2021.

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