Undergraduate study - 2022 entry
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Subject area: Education

Why choose Education at the University of Edinburgh?

  • UK students studying primary education with Gaelic or physical education are 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 4th year MA (Hons) Physical Education
James Smith 4th 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). After graduating, 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 two Primary Education with Gaelic (MA) programmes (one for learners, one for fluent speakers) 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.

Mental health and wellbeing partnership

Student teachers at the University of Edinburgh also engage with our mental health and wellbeing programme.

This is provided through our unique partnership with children’s mental health charity Place2Be and helps you to support mental wellbeing in your classrooms and in yourself.

Place2Be at Moray House

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

This new programme offers an excellent route into the empowering profession of Community Learning and Development (CLD).

Approved by the CLD Standards Council in Scotland, our degree produces practitioners who are:

  • professionally competent
  • ethically informed
  • critical and reflective

The programme offers both:

  • a well-rounded, rigorous academic grounding for your practice
  • appropriate professional preparation through part-time work-based placements

We have tailored our programme specifically to the needs of those who want to enter this sector of education.

Our staff have extensive knowledge and experience of fieldwork and research in a range of CLD settings.

As a professionally approved degree, our degree will prepare you well for employment.