Undergraduate study - 2020 entry

Subject area: Education

Why choose Education at the University of Edinburgh?

  • We're ranked in the UK's top 5 and the world's top 25 universities for education in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019.

  • Our initial teacher education programmes are accredited by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS). Our Childhood Practice programme is accredited by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC).

  • UK and EU students studying primary education with Gaelic or physical education will be guaranteed a one-year teaching induction post in a Scottish school on the successful completion of their studies.

  • You will experience teaching that draws on our strong international research base in areas such as social justice, inclusion, and pedagogy.

  • All initial teacher education students will have placement opportunities in Scotland. This will enable you to gain real life understanding of teaching as a career.

  • MA (Hons) Primary education with Gaelic (fluent and beginners) has been developed to help meet the national shortage of Gaelic teachers and to enhance the professional capacity of future teachers. Studying on the beginners programme, you will benefit from an immersion experience at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig.


Throughout school I recognised the vast impact particular teachers had on pupils. This taught me the value of what a teacher can do in a child’s life.

James Smith 2nd year MA (Hons) Physical Education
James Smith 2nd year MA (Hons) Physical Education

Introducing Education

We offer two main areas of study: teacher education and childhood practice. All our students have an interest in human relationships and are encouraged to develop professional values of trust, respect, integrity, and a clear commitment to social justice.

On all our programmes, you’ll explore innovative ways of working with different learners to ensure you gain the knowledge, professional skills, and experience to excel in your career.

Teacher Education

Our teacher education programmes provide an excellent foundation for a career in teaching and are accredited by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS). Upon graduation, UK and EU students will be guaranteed a one-year teaching induction post in a Scottish School.

General Teaching Council for Scotland

Physical Education

Our Physical Education (MA) programme is unique within the UK in preparing you to teach physical education to pupils across the 3-18 age range.

Primary Education with Gaelic

Our Primary Education with Gaelic (MA) programmes prepare you to teach the full range of the pre-school and primary curriculum for children through the medium of Gaelic, as well as in English.

Graduate teacher education

We offer primary and secondary teacher education for graduates via a one year Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) and a two year MSc Transformative Teaching & Learning.

Full details of our graduate programmes are available in our Postgraduate Prospectus.

PGDE (Primary)

PGDE (Secondary)

MSc Transformative Teaching & Learning

Childhood Practice

Our programme prepares you for a management role within the early childhood learning and care sector. It examines issues of childhood, including education studies, health education, child development, family studies and social policy. Leadership, management and professionalism also feature prominently.

You will develop skills in communication and management and learn about organisational development and inter-agency working. Accredited by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC), graduates of the programme are eligible to register with the SSSC as a lead practitioner/manager.

BA Childhood Practice

Community Education

Our BA Community Education degree is currently under review, but we hope to relaunch this programme in the 2021/22 academic year. You can help to inform the development of the new programme by completing our survey.

BA Learning in Communities survey