Dr Nicola Carse

Programme Director: MA (Hons) Primary Education / Lecturer in Primary 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 primary education.

Undergraduate teaching

  • MA Primary Education with..: PEP 3

  • MA Primary Education with..: Educational Studies 3

  • Working with teacher mentors in schools: ‘Supporting Teacher Learning in and through Practice’

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
  • Curriculum Development
  • Complexity Theory
  • Sport Education

Research activities

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Project activity

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