Undergraduate study - 2018 entry

Subject area: Education

Why choose Education at the University of Edinburgh?

  • Moray House School of Education has been making a major contribution to the field of education for almost 200 years. You’ll join a community of staff, students and alumni who have continually influenced, improved and transformed learning and teaching and wider educational policy in the UK and beyond.

  • You’ll study at one of best universities for the subject of education. In the QS World University Rankings by Subject we were placed top in Scotland and 4th in the UK.

  • You’ll learn from world-leading researchers. The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 ranked us first in Scotland for educational research and sport and exercise research, and in the UK top five and top 10 respectively.


We offer three main areas of study: teacher education, community 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.

Community Education

Our programme includes adult education and community and youth work. It is approved by the Community Learning and Development Standards Council for Scotland.

Childhood Practice

Our programme includes adult education and community and youth work. It is approved by the Community Learning and Development Standards Council for Scotland.

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 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.

Withdrawn programmes

In line with demand for postgraduate level initial teacher education programmes, from September 2018, we will no longer offer the following programmes:

  • Primary Education with History (MA)
  • Primary Education with Mathematics (MA)
  • Primary Education with Religious Studies (MA)
  • Primary Education with Scottish Studies (MA)
  • Primary Education with Modern Languages (German) (MA)
  • Primary Education with Earth Sciences (MA)

The final intake for these routes into primary teaching will be in September 2017.

We will continue to offer our one-year professional graduate diploma for primary and secondary education as well as our new programme, Transformative Learning and Teaching (MSc).

Graduate teacher education

We offer primary and secondary teacher education for graduates via a one year Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) – please apply through UCAS – 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

In Education, what you will study varies between programmes.

Find specific year-by-year study information on your chosen programme page.

Are there additional costs?

All of our programmes offer field trips or work-based placements. You may incur residential costs on field trips and travel costs on placement.

All successful applicants must join Disclosure Scotland’s Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme, which will currently cost you £18–£59.

For MA (Hons) Physical Education, you will require approximately £366 of clothing for practical sessions and placements.

Our facilities

Most of the teaching will take place at Moray House School of Education, located at the Holyrood Campus within the University's Central Area.

You will also have access to the University's libraries and computing facilities.


Several of our programmes offer work-based placements.

How will I learn?

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, workshops, independent small-group activity and the use of e-learning and virtual learning environments.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a range of methods including exams, essays, portfolios and student presentations. You will be assessed by school staff and University tutors while on school placements.

You may go on to teach your chosen age group or subject, pursue leadership roles within your specialism, or go on to postgraduate study.

Opportunities also exist in community learning and development in public and voluntary sectors, adult education, youth work, and childcare management.