Postgraduate study

Learning for Sustainability

Awards: Under review

Funding available

Programme website: Learning for Sustainability

This programme is currently under review and will not be accepting applications. A revised programme is planned to resume in September 2020.

This MSc is an opportunity to study international educational responses to global issues and benefit from Scotland's position as one of the leading countries in the world in this field.

The programme has been designed in response to recent policy declarations by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (Revised Professional Standards) and the Scottish Government.

It seeks to understand and contribute to the ways schooling, community and higher education respond to issues such as climate change, resource depletion, inequality and well-being, and ecological and economic stability.

It explores the relationships between learning and social and environmental change in complex, global circumstances, through local places and educational contexts.

There are three possible exit levels: Certificate (60 credits), Diploma (120 credits), or Masters (180 credits).

For the Postgraduate Certificate you will complete the following courses:

  • Introduction to Learning for Sustainability
  • Ecosystems for Educators
  • Outdoor Learning

For the Postgraduate Diploma, in addition to the above courses, you will complete:

  • Education for Environmental Citizenship
  • Environmental Philosophy and City-based Outdoor Learning
  • Experiential Education
  • Sources of Knowledge

For the Masters, in addition to the above courses, you will complete:

  • Dissertation

The programme is designed to enhance career opportunities for practising teachers, education professionals, policy-makers and activists from informal, environmental, outdoor, community and NGO education providers and for Scottish, UK and international students who already work, or intend to work, in these and related areas.

The University of Edinburgh plays a key role in Scotland's UN Recognised Regional Centre of Expertise in Education for Sustainable Development, and can offer strong collaborative links with other Scottish universities, non-governmental organisations, and third sector organisations within Scotland and internationally.

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

All applicants must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of their English language ability:

  • an undergraduate or masters degree, that was taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country as defined by UK Visas and Immigration

  • IELTS: total 7.0 (at least 6.0 in each module and 6.5 in writing)

  • TOEFL-iBT: total 100 (at least 20 in each section and 23 in writing)

  • PTE(A): total 67 (at least 56 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections and 61 in writing)

  • CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 169 in each module and 176 in writing)

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

Degrees taught and assessed in English must be no more than three and a half years old at the beginning of your degree programme. IELTS, TOEFL, Pearson Test of English and Trinity ISE must be no more than two years old at the beginning of your degree programme.*

(*Revised 8/11/2018 to provide more accurate information on English language qualifications expiry dates.)

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Find out more about tuition fees and studying costs:

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

Further information

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