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Education MSc

Awards: MSc

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Programme website: Education

The MSc Education programme is suitable for those of you who want to make a better world through education. The curriculum is designed such that it begins with 'What is education for' and ends with some contemporary issues in education. A positive vibe of diverse and international communities (student and staff) that feels like home, while simultaneously, intellectually satisfying.

Marifatul Amalia MSc Education (Research pathway) 2022
Marifatul Amalia               MSc Education (Research pathway) 2022

The MSc Education is the flagship taught postgraduate degree of Moray House School of Education and Sport 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.

Gain a broad foundation on our general MSc Education, or specialise your degree by choosing a Pathway in a particular area relevant to your educational and professional aims.

Through strategically-designed compulsory courses and a wide range of options, paired 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
  • discussion based workshops
  • student-led seminars/presentations
  • practical skills training
  • project work

You will complete compulsory courses and choose from a range of option courses, totalling 120 credits. If you take up a specialist pathway, compulsory and option courses will reflect your specialism.

The Master's degree culminates in an independently researched dissertation for another 60 credits.


You may gain either a general MSc in Education or take up a specialist pathway:

  • MSc Education (Child and Adolescent Psychology)
  • 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.

Compulsory and option courses

For a flavour of the taught courses you might take, the MSc Education general pathway includes four compulsory courses plus three option courses.

Compulsory courses

  • Education Policy and the Politics of Education
  • The Philosophy of Education
  • Sources of Knowledge: Understanding and analysing research literature
  • Conceptualising research: Foundations, assumptions and praxis

Option courses

Optional courses are subject to change each year but have previously included:

  • Autism and Developmental Disabilities
  • Child and Adolescent Development
  • Children and Technology
  • Comparative Analysis in Education
  • Education for the Environment and Sustainability
  • Gifted and Talented Youth
  • Global Childhoods and Human Rights
  • Pedagogy and Practice of Friedrich Froebel for the early years
  • Psychology of Learning and Teaching
  • Qualitative Data Research
  • Quantitative Data Analysis with SPSS
  • Social Inequalities in Education Worldwide
  • The Anthropology of Education and Learning
  • The Curriculum: Context, Change and Development
  • The Nature of Enquiry

This broad programme can open up a similarly diverse range of career opportunities.

Past students have undertaken further study and doctoral research. Others have applied their knowledge and skills to a variety of education-related fields, including:

  • educational policy and administration
  • school teaching
  • recruitment
  • charity-related educational research
  • 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.

The following are examples of where our previous students have progressed to:

  • work in educational policy (at local, regional, national and international level)
  • work in educational administration (at local, regional, national and international level)
  • advisors to politicians on educational matters
  • international recruitment for higher education institutions in Scotland and for institutions or agencies around the world
  • returning to teaching - primary, secondary schools, physical education or within ‘additional support’ contexts
  • research work for charitable agencies related to education
  • doctoral research (PhD)
  • community education practitioners

Hear what our graduates have to say

These entry requirements are for the 2024/25 academic year and requirements for future academic years may differ. Entry requirements for the 2025/26 academic year will be published on 1 July 2024.

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.

Students from China

This degree is Band C.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

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

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. We do not accept IELTS One Skill Retake to meet our English language requirements.
  • 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.
  • C1 Advanced (CAE) / C2 Proficiency (CPE): total 185 with at least 176 in each component.
  • Trinity ISE: ISE III with passes in all four components.
  • PTE Academic: total 70 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.

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 (non-MESC).

If you are not a national of a majority English speaking country, then your degree must be no more than five years old* at the beginning of your programme of study. (*Revised 05 March 2024 to extend degree validity to five years.)

Find out more about our language requirements:


You will need to pay this deposit within 28 days of receiving your offer of admission (either unconditional or conditional) for the MSc programme.

  • £1,500 (this contributes towards your tuition fees)

Deposit Refunds

All requests must be made no later than two weeks following the start date of the degree applied for.

Additional programme costs

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

Living costs

You will be responsible for covering living costs for the duration of your studies.

Tuition fees

Featured funding

Moray House Country Scholarship

Moray House School of Education and Sport is pleased to offer five £10,000 scholarships to study a Master’s degree programme commencing in September 2024. These will be based on merit and available to applicants from eligible countries.

Moray House Access Scholarship

Moray House School of Education and Sport is pleased to offer a scholarship covering tuition fees and living costs for one student. The scholarship is for UK nationals domiciled in the UK, from backgrounds or groups which are underrepresented in our School.

GREAT scholarship: Mexico

One GREAT scholarship will be available to applicants from Mexico who apply for 2024 entry. This award is for £10,000 towards postgraduate taught (Masters) degree tuition. Further details on eligibility criteria and how to apply can be found on the GREAT scholarship website.

India Merit Scholarship

The University is offering a new international scholarship for the most academically gifted Postgraduate Taught (PGT) Masters students applying from India. These awards cover £5,000 towards tuition fees for PGT Masters students studying on campus during the 2024/25 academic year. The Scholarships will be tenable for the first year of study only and will be automatically deducted from your student tuition fee balance. 

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.

(Updated 15 May 2024 to include India Merit Scholarship information)

Other funding opportunities

Search for scholarships and funding opportunities:

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

Due to high demand, the school operates a number of selection deadlines. We will make a small number of offers to the most outstanding candidates on an ongoing basis, but hold the majority of applications until the next published selection deadline when we will offer a proportion of the places available to applicants selected through a competitive process.

Please be aware that applications must be submitted and be complete, i.e. all required documents uploaded, by the relevant application deadline in order to be considered in that round. Your application will still be considered if you have not yet met the English language requirement for the programme.

Deadlines for applicants applying to study in 2024/25:

Round Application deadline Places awarded by
1 09 October 2023 19 December 2023
2 11 December 2023 28 February 2024
3 04 March 2024 16 May 2024
4 06 June 2024 30 July 2024

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.

Part-time entry routes are available to eligible applicants. Find a detailed list of other routes in the 'Part-time routes' section.

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

Further information

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