Undergraduate study - 2021 entry

Subject area: Education

Why choose Education at the University of Edinburgh?

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • 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.


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 3rd year MA (Hons) Physical Education
James Smith 3rd 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 will explore innovative ways of working with a diverse range of 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 (Learners and Fluent speakers pathways) 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. Aspects of 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

Learning in Communities

The University of Edinburgh is currently redesigning its well-established degree programme in Community Learning and Development (CLD) so that it can continue to meet the demands of the professional sector and the changing needs of future students. The programme will be open for entry in September 2021. This new programme will continue to be of interest to students who want to develop their informal educational knowledge and skills to work alongside people in communities to facilitate individual and collective change and action for social justice.

The new programme will be titled MA (Hons) Learning in Communities and will incorporate a professional qualification approved by the CLD Standards Council for Scotland. This degree will enable graduates to apply for a wide range of jobs in the public, voluntary and third sectors. The programme will provide both a well-rounded, rigorous academic grounding and appropriate professional preparation through part-time work-based placements. There will be a specific focus on community development, youth work and adult education.

For more information on the new programme please contact either of the Co-programme directors:

  • Margaret Petrie - margaret.petrie@ed.ac.uk
  • Gary Fraser - gary.fraser@ed.ac.uk