Postgraduate study

Education MSc

Awards: MSc

Study modes: Full-time, Part-time

Funding opportunities

Programme website: Education

The MSc Education is the flagship taught postgraduate degree of Moray House School of Education and one of its most popular programmes. It provides an ideal foundation for students who wish to work in education policy, research or practice, or who want to go on to doctoral level study.

You may apply for the general MSc Education, or take up the opportunity to specialise your degree by choosing a pathway in a particular area of education where we have research and teaching strengths.

Through strategically-designed compulsory courses and a wide range of options, this programme allows you to focus your studies on particular areas of interest and relevance to your educational and professional aims. With guidance from our staff and in a lively and supportive student community, you will take part in social and philosophical reflection on the nature, value and purposes of education.

You will learn through a combination of lectures, student-led seminars/presentations, practical skills training and project work. You will complete four compulsory courses and choose from a range of option courses relevant to your selected pathway.

Compulsory courses:

  • Education Policy and the Politics of Education
  • The Philosophy of Education
  • Sources of Knowledge
  • Conceptualising research

Pathways:

Students enrolling on the MSc Education programme will be able to gain either a general MSc in Education or take up a specialist pathway based upon research and teaching strengths in the school:

  • MSc Education (Child and Adolescent Psychology)
  • MSc Education (Comparative Education and International Development)
  • MSc Education (Early Childhood Practice and Froebel)
  • MSc Education (Philosophy of Education)
  • MSc Education (Research)

Please note that courses, course content and pathways may change each year.

Find out more about compulsory and optional courses

We link to the latest information available. Please note that this may be for a previous academic year and should be considered indicative.

AwardTitleDurationStudy mode
MScEducation (Comparative Education and International Development)1 YearFull-timeProgramme structure 2019/20
MScEducation (Comparative Education and International Development)2 YearsPart-timeProgramme structure 2019/20
MScEducation (Comparative Education and International Development)3 YearsPart-timeProgramme structure 2019/20
MScEducation (Child and Adolescent Psychology)1 YearFull-timeProgramme structure 2019/20
MScEducation (Child and Adolescent Psychology)2 YearsPart-timeProgramme structure 2019/20
MScEducation (Child and Adolescent Psychology)3 YearsPart-timeProgramme structure 2019/20
MScEducation1 YearFull-timeProgramme structure 2019/20
MScEducation2 YearsPart-timeProgramme structure 2019/20
MScEducation3 YearsPart-timeProgramme structure 2019/20
MScEducation Research1 YearFull-timeProgramme structure 2019/20
MScEducation Research2 YearsPart-timeProgramme structure 2019/20
MScEducation Research3 YearsPart-timeProgramme structure 2019/20
MScEducation (Early Childhood Practice and Froebel)1 YearFull-timeProgramme structure 2019/20
MScEducation (Early Childhood Practice and Froebel)2 YearsPart-timeProgramme structure 2019/20
MScEducation (Early Childhood Practice and Froebel)3 YearsPart-timeProgramme structure 2019/20
MScEducation (Philosophy of Education)1 YearFull-timeProgramme structure 2019/20
MScEducation (Philosophy of Education)3 YearsPart-timeProgramme structure 2019/20

This broad programme can open up a similarly diverse range of career options. Past students have undertaken further study and doctoral research, while others have applied their knowledge and skills to a variety of education-related fields, from school teaching, educational policy and administration, to recruitment, charity-related educational research and political advisory roles.

You will graduate with a highly-regarded degree and transferable skills in areas such as communication and project management, which can be applied to roles in any field.

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a relevant discipline.

We may also consider your application if you have relevant employment or experience; please contact us to check before you apply.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.

English language tests

We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

  • IELTS: total 7.0 (at least 6.5 in each module)

  • TOEFL-iBT: total 100 (at least 23 in each module)

  • PTE Academic: total 67 (at least 61 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections)

  • CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 176 in each module)

  • Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass in all four components

Your English language qualification must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the programme you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, PTE Academic or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

Degrees taught and assessed in English

We also accept an undergraduate or postgraduate degree that has been taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country, as defined by UK Visas and Immigration:

We also accept a degree that has been taught and assessed in English from a university on our list of approved universities in non-majority English speaking countries.

If you are not a national of a majority English speaking country, then your degree must be no more than three and a half years old at the beginning of your programme of study.*

(*Revised 08/11/2018 to provide more accurate information on English language qualifications expiry dates. Revised 09/05/2019 to provide more accurate/comprehensive information.)

Find out more about our language requirements:

You may incur additional costs for fieldwork, if taking Environmental Education options.

AwardTitleDurationStudy mode
MScEducation (Comparative Education and International Development)1 YearFull-timeTuition fees
MScEducation (Comparative Education and International Development)2 YearsPart-timeTuition fees
MScEducation (Comparative Education and International Development)3 YearsPart-timeTuition fees
MScEducation (Child and Adolescent Psychology)1 YearFull-timeTuition fees
MScEducation (Child and Adolescent Psychology)2 YearsPart-timeTuition fees
MScEducation (Child and Adolescent Psychology)3 YearsPart-timeTuition fees
MScEducation1 YearFull-timeTuition fees
MScEducation2 YearsPart-timeTuition fees
MScEducation3 YearsPart-timeTuition fees
MScEducation Research1 YearFull-timeTuition fees
MScEducation Research2 YearsPart-timeTuition fees
MScEducation Research3 YearsPart-timeTuition fees
MScEducation (Early Childhood Practice and Froebel)1 YearFull-timeTuition fees
MScEducation (Early Childhood Practice and Froebel)2 YearsPart-timeTuition fees
MScEducation (Early Childhood Practice and Froebel)3 YearsPart-timeTuition fees
MScEducation (Philosophy of Education)1 YearFull-timeTuition fees
MScEducation (Philosophy of Education)3 YearsPart-timeTuition fees

Featured funding

UK government postgraduate loans

If you live in the UK, you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan from one of the UK’s governments. The type and amount of financial support you are eligible for will depend on your programme, the duration of your studies, and your residency status. (Programmes studied on a part-time intermittent basis are not eligible.)

Other funding opportunities

Search for scholarships and funding opportunities:

  • Moray House School of Education
  • Old Moray House
  • Holyrood Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 8AQ

We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. If you are also applying for funding or will require a visa then we strongly recommend you apply as early as possible. We may consider late applications if we have places available, but you should contact the relevant Admissions Office for advice first.

You must submit one reference with your application.

Applicants are advised to apply for one programme only.

For example, you can apply on to the general route or one of the pathways but you should not apply to both of these, nor should you apply for more than one pathway.

Find out more about the general application process for postgraduate programmes:

Further information

  • Moray House School of Education
  • Old Moray House
  • Holyrood Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 8AQ