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    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Business & Management



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  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time or 2-3 years part-time

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  • Course Fees

    Tuition fees vary between degree programmes. Find the specific fees for your chosen programme on our website.

  • Last Updated

    01 October 2019

Programme description

The MSc Education is the flagship taught postgraduate degree of Moray House School of Education and Sport and one of its most popular programmes. It provides an ideal foundation for students who wish to work in education policy, research or practice, or who want to go on to doctoral-level study.

Gain a broad foundation on our general MSc Education, or specialise your degree by choosing a Pathway in a particular area relevant to your educational and professional aims.

Through strategically-designed compulsory courses and a wide range of options, paired with guidance from our staff and in a lively and supportive student community, you will take part in social and philosophical reflection on the nature, value and purposes of education.

Programme structure

You will learn through a combination of lectures, student-led seminars/presentations, practical skills training and project work. You will complete compulsory courses and choose from a range of option courses, totalling 120 credits. Should you take up a specialist pathway, compulsory and option courses will reflect your specialism. The Master's degree culminates in an independently researched dissertation for another 60 credits.


Students may gain either a general MSc in Education or take up a specialist pathway:

  • MSc Education (Child and Adolescent Psychology)
  • MSc Education (Comparative Education and International Development)
  • MSc Education (Early Childhood Practice and Froebel)
  • MSc Education (Philosophy of Education)
  • MSc Education (Research)

Please note that courses, course content and pathways may change each year.

Compulsory and Option Courses

For a flavour of the courses you might take, the MSc Education general pathway includes four compulsory courses plus three option courses.

Compulsory courses

  • Education Policy and the Politics of Education
  • The Philosophy of Education
  • Sources of Knowledge
  • Conceptualising research

Optional courses

Optional courses are subject to change each year but have previously included:

  • Child and Adolescent Development
  • Children and Technology
  • Comparative Analysis in Education
  • Designing, Delivering and Evaluating Training
  • Developmental Disabilities: A Psychological Approach
  • Gifted and Talented Youth
  • International Perspectives on Education and Training
  • Learners, Learning and Teaching
  • Philosophical Foundations of Educational Theory, Policy and Practice
  • Qualitative Data Research
  • Quantitative Data Analysis with SPSS
  • The Curriculum: Context, Change and Development
  • The Nature of Enquiry

Career opportunities

This broad programme can open up a similarly 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, educational policy and administration, to recruitment, charity-related educational research 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.

The following are examples of where our previous students have progressed to:

  • Work in educational policy (at local, regional, national and international level).
  • Work in educational administration (at local, regional, national and international level).
  • Advisors to politicians on educational matters. International recruitment for Higher Education institutions in Scotland and for institutions or agencies around the world.
  • Returning to teaching – primary, secondary schools, physical education or within ‘additional support’ contexts.
  • Research work for charitable agencies related to education.
  • Doctoral research (PhD).
  • Community Education practitioners.

Visit the Education (MSc) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!




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