University of Edinburgh

MSc Education


Old College

South Bridge

Edinburgh, Scotland EH8 9YL

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MSc Education

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The MSc Education attracts students who wish to undertake the study of education as an ethical, intellectual and cultural process, as well as those wishing to reflect on education in a critical and contextualised (but not necessarily applied) way. The programme will provide an ideal foundation for students who wish to work in education policy, research or practice or for those who want to go on to doctoral study.


You will learn through a combination of lectures, student-led seminars/presentations and, where appropriate, practical skills training and project work.


You will choose either to gain a general MSc Education or to take one of the pathways named below for an MSc Education in that area. Pathways are based on our research and teaching strengths:


• MSc Education (Research)

• MSc Education (Learning in Communities)

• MSc Education (Physical Education and Wellbeing)

• MSc Education (Comparative Education and International Development)

• MSc Education (Philosophy of Education)

• MSc Education (Child and Adolescent Psychology)


For each pathway, you will take one or two compulsory courses about research in that area and write a dissertation in that area under the supervision of a member of staff with research expertise in that area.


*Please note this programme is subject to final University validation. We expect applications to open in December 2016.



This programme can open up a diverse range of career options. Past students have undertaken further study and doctoral research, while others have applied their knowledge and skills to a variety of education-related fields, from school teaching and Teaching English as a Foreign Language, both in the UK and internationally, to educational policy and administration,  as well as careers and recruitment, social care, charity-related educational research, translation and political advisory roles.


You will graduate with a highly regarded degree and transferable skills in areas such as communication and project management, which can be applied to roles in any field.



·         Our reputation for excellence

The University’s Moray House of School of Education has been making a major contribution to the field of education for almost 200 years. We’re a centre of excellence for educational research, ranked first in Scotland and in the top five universities in the UK (REF 2014). As a university we’re also ranked 14th in the world for Arts & Humanities (THE World University Rankings 2016-17).


·         Our diverse and welcoming community

We have a vibrant, international and interactive graduate community. You’ll have access to excellent library facilities, to dedicated postgraduate study spaces and common areas, and to regular Graduate School seminars and events.


·         Our inspiring destination

Your first-class education will take place in one of Europe’s most striking capital cities. Regularly voted one of the most desirable places to live in the world, Edinburgh has a great social and diverse cultural life, a busy sporting calendar and a rich history.


The University of Edinburgh

Eligibility Requirements:

A UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent, in a relevant discipline. If your first language is not English, you will also be required to meet English Language requirements.

International Student Requirements:

If you are a non-EU/EEA/Swiss national, and you will come to the UK to study for more than six months, you will need to apply for a Tier 4 visa. You will also need to apply for a Tier 4 visa if you wish to do a work placement as part of your studies, or look for a part time job.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

Classification: Higher Education Institution (Not Carnegie Classified)

Locale: Midsize City

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