Postgraduate study

Education

Awards: PhD, MPhil

Study modes: Full-time, Part-time

Funding available

Programme website: Education

We offer the largest concentration of researchers in education in a Scottish university and our research covers all aspects of education and learning – from pre-school to higher and lifelong learning – plus sport and related fields.

Moray House School of Education staff are able to provide supervision on a wide range of topics within the fields of education, recreation management, sociology of sport, sports science and counselling. Many opportunities exist for interdisciplinary research.

Research clusters

Visit our website for more information on each of our research clusters:

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree requires the submission of a thesis of not more than 100,000 words and the Master of Philosophy (MPhil) requires the submission of a thesis of not more than 60,000 words.

Students following both degrees are normally supported in their research by two supervisors. The first of these will be a member of staff who has expertise in the general area of your proposed research topic and the second will be another expert in the field who may come from within the University or a field of practice.

Most students who are accepted begin a period of research leading to a PhD, however, the first year of both degrees is probationary and progression to year two is dependent on satisfactory progress.

We offer a number of courses in research methodologies, which research students are encouraged to take during their first year.

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a related subject is normally required for MSc by Research.

For PhD or MPhil, you will normally also require a postgraduate degree at 60 per cent or its international equivalent.

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.

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

Degrees taught and assessed in English must be no more than two and a half years old at the beginning of your degree programme. Language tests must be no more than two years old at the beginning of your degree programme.

Find out more about our language requirements:

  • Research Administrative Assistant, TBC
  • Phone: +44 (0)131 651 6678
  • Email: edu.PhD@ed.ac.uk
  • Moray House School of Education
  • Thomson's Land
  • 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 two references with your application.

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

Further information

  • Research Administrative Assistant, TBC
  • Phone: +44 (0)131 651 6678
  • Email: edu.PhD@ed.ac.uk
  • Moray House School of Education
  • Thomson's Land
  • Holyrood Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 8AQ