Dr Murray Craig

Programme Director Year 4: MA (Hons) PE / Strand Leader PGDE (Secondary) PE


I am currently a subject leader for the Post Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary) - Physical Education programme at the University, as well as Programme Director for Year 4 of the Undergraduate MA (Hons) Physical Education programme.  As well as leading aspects of the PGDE-PE and MA (Hons) PE programmes I am involved in the delivery of various courses across both programmes.

I have previously taught physical education in both England and Scotland.  After graduating from Liverpool John Moore’s University in 1995 with a BEd (Hons) in PE (with Science), my first teaching post was in Northamptonshire, teaching Secondary PE, as well as general Science, at Brooke Weston CTC in Corby.

I returned to Scotland in 1997 and took up a teaching position within the physical education department at George Watson’s College (GWC) in Edinburgh.  My teaching career was put on hold for a period of two years as I was fortunate to be offered the opportunity to play rugby on full-time professional basis with Edinburgh Rugby in 1997/98, and Exeter Rugby in 1998/99.

I returned to George Watson’s College in 1999 and taught curricular and certificated PE, as well as extra-curricular sport, for six years.  In 2005 I moved into further education lecturing in Sports Coaching and Sports Development at Edinburgh’s Telford College.  At this time I studied, on a part-time basis, for an MSc in Applied Sports Psychology at Staffordshire University, graduating in 2010.

In 2011 I moved in to higher education when I undertook a teaching secondment at Moray House.  Employed as a teaching fellow I delivered on a variety of courses across both the BEd(Hons) PE and PGDE-PE programmes.  Upon completion of the secondment in 2012 I took up my current position, namely Bicentennial Teaching Fellow, which involves the organisation and delivery on various courses across both the PGDE-PE and MA PE programs.  In addition to my teaching commitments I studied, on a part-time basis, for an Docorate in Education at The University of Edinburgh, graduating in 2019. 


The University of Edinburgh - Doctorate in Education

Staffordshire University - MSc Applied Sport & Exercise Psychology

Liverpool JMU - BEd(Hons) Secondary Physical Education with Science

Responsibilities & affiliations

UKCC Level 1 & 2 Accredited Coach Educator for the Scottish Rugby

Undergraduate teaching

Current/previous teaching responsibilities on the MA (Hons) Physical Education programme:

  • Sports Science 1B - Sport Psychology
  • Professional Practice and Enquiry
  • Physical Education Curriculum and Pedagogy 2 - The Early Secondary Years
  • Physical Edcuation Curriculum and Pedagogy 3 - National Awards
  • Physical Education 4B (Perspectives) - Sport Psychology
  • Practical Activities - Striking & Fielding Games, Swimming and Rugby

Postgraduate teaching

Current/previous teaching responsibilities on the PGDE (Secondary) Physical Education programme:

  • Curriculum and Pedagogy - Broad General Education
  • Curriculum and Pedagogy - National Qualifications
  • Behaviour Management
  • Involving Technology in Physical Education
  • Motivational Climates
  • Developing 'Psychological Characterisitics of Developing Excellence' (PCDE's) in Physical Education
  • Practical Activities - Striking & Fielding Games, Swimming (NQ), Athletics and Badminton
  • Placement Tutor


Open to PhD supervision enquiries?