Study modes: Full-time, Part-time
The University of Edinburgh was ranked first in Scotland for research power in Education and Sport (THE Overall Ranking REF 2014) and we offer the largest concentration of researchers in education in a Scottish university, meaning you will be supported by and collaborate with leaders in the field. Our research activities cover all aspects of education and learning - from pre-school to higher education and lifelong learning.
Moray House School of Education and Sport staff provide supervision on a wide range of topics within the fields of:
- Teacher Education
- Pedagogy, curriculum and schooling
- Outdoor Education
- Social Justice and Inclusive Education
- Comparative Education and International Development
- Childhood and Youth Studies
- Digital Education
- Philosophy of Education
- Language Education: Policy and Practice
- Many opportunities exist for interdisciplinary research.
Research Thematic Hubs
With over 250 research staff and students, we have a vibrant and expanding research community with a broad portfolio of academic disciplines gathered within seven broad research themes with permeable boundaries. These thematic hubs are:
- Advanced Quantitative Research in Education
- Children and Young People
- Digital Education
- Language Education
- Social Justice and Inclusion
- Sport-Related Research
- The Teacher, Curriculum and Pedagogy
As a postgraduate research student, you will join a vibrant Graduate School community with over 150 research students. There are also several opportunities for optional training and development throughout your studies.
Research students are encouraged to attend and actively engage with the activities of School research thematic hubs, which include seminars, meetings and workshops. In addition, several academic and social events for research students take place throughout the year. We organise an annual series of around 25 trainings, talks and seminar events, as well as the student-led ‘Interweaving’ conference for research students and staff.
The MSc by Research, taken one year full-time or two years part-time. This pure research degree consists of a sustained piece of research culminating in either a dissertation of 30,000 words or a portfolio of smaller projects.
You are encouraged to contact a potential supervisor to discuss your research project before making a formal application. You may start your studies with us either on the 1st October or the 10th January of a year.
Students following the MScR degree will be assigned one supervisor with whom they will work to plan, execute, interpret and write up their independent research project.
In between meetings, you will be expected to work on their own initiative, but may of course contact your supervisor at any time. You will usually meet with your supervisor every 4 weeks.
These entry requirements are for the 2022/23 academic year and requirements for future academic years may differ. Entry requirements for the 2023/24 academic year will be published on 3 October 2022.
A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a related subject is normally required.
You must also submit a research proposal that fits well with our staff expertise.
We may also consider your application if you have other qualifications or substantial experience; please contact us to check before you apply.
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 Academic: total 7.0 with at least 6.5 in each component.
- TOEFL-iBT (including Home Edition): total 100 with at least 23 in each component. We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
- CAE and CPE: total 185 with at least 176 in each component.
- Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass in all four components.
- PTE Academic: 70 overall with at least 62 in each component.
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, Trinity ISE or PTE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.
(*Revised 17 November 2021 to add accepted PTE Academic qualifications.)
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.
Find out more about our language requirements:
- Moray House School of Education and Sport funding for postgraduate research students
- Research scholarships for international students
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
- your tuition fee status
Programmes studied on a part-time intermittent basis are not eligible.
Other funding opportunities
Search for scholarships and funding opportunities:
Select your programme and preferred start date to begin your application.
MSc by Research Education - 1 Year (Full-time)
MSc by Research Education - 2 Years (Part-time)
|Programme start date||Application deadline|
|1 October 2021||31 July 2021|
|10 January 2022||31 October 2021|
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.
- Moray House School of Education and Sport
- Old Moray House
- Holyrood Campus
- EH8 8AQ