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

Research summary

The focus of my PhD research was investigating curriculum change within the context of Scottish primary physical education.   

My main research interests now are in the areas of:

  • Primary Physical Education
  • Teacher Professional Learning and Development
  • Practitioner Inquiry
  • Curriculum Development
  • Complexity Theory
  • Self-study
  • Sport Education

Project activity

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