Undergraduate study - 2019 entry

Subject area: Education

Why choose Education at the University of Edinburgh?

  • We're ranked in the UK's top 10 universities for education in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018.

  • Our initial teacher education programmes are accredited by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS). Our Community Education programme is accredited by the Community Learning and Development Standards Council for Scotland, and 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, and 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.

  • 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.


There are some amazing lecturers at the University who have a lot of experience in the field. Their ability gives me a lot of confidence in what I can achieve here.

Zoe Daher 4th year MA (Hons) Primary Education
Zoe Daher 4th year MA (Hons) Primary Education

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 is aimed at childcare professionals who wish to combine study with their work. It has been designed to meet the new Standard in Childhood Practice and students who successfully achieve the BA Childhood Practice will be able to apply for registration as a manager/lead practitioner with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC).

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) – 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 which you are expected to wear for practical sessions and work-based 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.