Dr Nicola Carse

Lecturer in Physical Education


I received an MA (honours) in Political Studies from the University of Aberdeen in 1999. Following my initial degree I undertook a Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Education at the University of Edinburgh. After graduating from the PGCE I worked as a primary school teacher for eight years where I developed an interest in environmental education and physical education. Whilst teaching I studied on the Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Physical Education at the University of Edinburgh and then progressed to undertake a PhD at the University of Edinburgh which I completed  in 2012. After completing my PhD I worked as a lecturer at the University of Strathclyde for two and a half years.  I joined the University of Edinburgh in August 2015 in the role of lecturer in education.

Responsibilities & affiliations

Vice-president of the Scottish Physcial Education Research Association (SERA)

Co-convenor of SERA networks: Scottish Physical Education Research Network and Teacher Education Network

Convenor of European Primary Physical Education Network

Undergraduate teaching

  • MA Physical Education : Physical Education Perspectives 3 - Skill Acquisition

  • MA Physical Education: Educational Studies 4

Postgraduate teaching

  • MSc Education: Conceptualising research: Foundations, assumptions and praxis 

  • MSc TLT: course organsier Understanding the Nature of Knowledge and the Curriculum

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Areas of interest for supervision

I am interested in supervising PhD students interested in:

  • Teacher education
  • Teacher professional learning
  • Curriculum development
  • Self-study
  • Complexity thinking

Current PhD students supervised

Anli Su - Exploring teacher-initiated professional learning in Taiwan

Project activity

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