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For over 40 years, the Postgraduate Diploma in Outdoor Education, and for almost 20 years, the MSc in Outdoor Education, have been the world’s foremost graduate programme in the field, providing a broad base for a professional career in outdoor education. Read more

Programme description

For over 40 years, the Postgraduate Diploma in Outdoor Education, and for almost 20 years, the MSc in Outdoor Education, have been the world’s foremost graduate programme in the field, providing a broad base for a professional career in outdoor education.

There are three possible exit levels: Certificate (60 credits), Diploma (120 credits), or Masters (180 credits). The Certificate programme provides a broad theoretical coverage of the field of outdoor education. The Diploma extends this with further academic study and a Professional Development Programme (involving field courses, such as a canoe descent of the River Spey, winter hillwalking, a teaching placement/practicum, and an expedition), which provides a broad base for a professional career in outdoor education. The Masters extends this further still with a dissertation and associated research methods course.

The emphasis — whether Certificate, Diploma, or Masters — is on developing the knowledge, understanding, and judgement necessary to facilitate meaningful learning in, for, and through the outdoors.

You will develop your intellectual skills through critically assessing theoretical, professional, and academic issues surrounding outdoor education, while honing transferable skills such as environmental literacy and oral communication. You will also expand your understanding and personal practice of outdoor education through a range of professional development activities.

Courses take place at our Edinburgh campus and the University’s two residential outdoor centres in the highlands of Scotland, from where you will journey by boat or on foot to live and learn in the outdoors.

Programme structure

Learning will take the form of lectures, seminars, group discussions, student presentations, field courses, self-study, and work experience/practicum.

For the Postgraduate Certificate you will complete the following courses:

Personal and Social Development and Outdoor Education (20 credits)
Outdoor Environmental Education: Concept-based Practice (20 credits)
Experiential Education (10 credits)
Sources of Knowledge (10 credits)

For the Postgraduate Diploma, in addition to the above courses, you will complete:

Ecology and Field Studies (20 credits)
Interpreting the Landscape (20 credits)
Social Theory and Outdoor Education (20 credits)

For the Masters, in addition to the above courses, you will complete:

Research Methods – Planning Research (10 credits)
Dissertation (50 credits)

For the Masters and Diploma you will also complete five field courses (sea kayaking, hillwalking (winter), hill walking (autumn), rock climbing, open canoeing, sea kayaking; approximately 24 days total), a four-week professional placement/practicum, a two-day specialist first aid course, and a 14-16 day expedition.

The Masters and Diploma programmes can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis. The Certificate is by nature a part-time programme of study.

Career opportunities

Our graduates have been employed throughout the world in all aspects of the sector, such as residential outdoor education centres, organisations working with marginalised young people, management development, wilderness expeditions, environmental education programmes, and school, college, and university outdoor education programmes.

While the programme does not offer a formal teaching qualification, recent graduates have been successful in gaining accreditation by the General Teaching Council of Scotland to teach Outdoor Education in schools. In addition, you will develop highly transferable skills, such as communication and project management, which can be applied in any field.

Completion of the MSc degree also enables you to continue onto advanced research, and a possible academic career.

Work placement/internships opportunities

To facilitate and broaden direct experience of teaching outdoors, course members undertake a 4-week professional placement. The placement occurs at a stage in the programme when students are able to make a useful contribution to the agencies they choose to work with and are able to relate their experience to theoretical material covered in class. Placement agencies range from those focusing on environmental education, to inner city projects, special needs organisations, management training, outdoor education centres, and many more.

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Unique in Europe, and one of only a few in the world, this internationally respected MSc programme offers you the chance to develop a holistic approach to outdoor education with a specific emphasis on environmental and sustainability education. Read more

Programme description

Unique in Europe, and one of only a few in the world, this internationally respected MSc programme offers you the chance to develop a holistic approach to outdoor education with a specific emphasis on environmental and sustainability education. This programme will prepare you for a career in which you will facilitate learning that focuses on themes of environmental, sustainability, and ecological education.

There are three possible exit levels: Certificate (60 credits), Diploma (120 credits), or Masters (180 credits). The Certificate programme provides a broad theoretical coverage of the field of study. The Diploma extends this with further academic study and a Professional Development Programme (involving field courses, such as a canoe descent of the River Spey, introduction to group leadership and navigation techniques, a teaching placement/practicum, and a group project), which provides a broad base for a professional career in outdoor environmental and sustainability education. The Masters extends this further still with a dissertation and associated research methods course.

The emphasis — whether Certificate, Diploma, or Masters — is on developing the knowledge, understanding, and judgement necessary to facilitate meaningful learning in, for, and through the outdoors. You will consider a range of connected subject areas as well as the particular demands for teaching these in a variety of settings, from schools, residential centres, and Ranger sites, to charitable/not-for-profit organisations.

You will develop your intellectual skills through critically assessing theoretical, professional, and academic issues while honing transferable skills such as environmental literacy and oral communication. You will also expand your understanding and personal practice of educating outdoors through a range of professional development activities.

Courses take place at our Edinburgh campus and the University’s two residential outdoor centres in the highlands of Scotland, from where you will journey by boat or on foot to live and learn in the outdoors.

This programme is affiliated with the University's Global Environment & Society Academy.

Programme structure

Learning will take the form of lectures, seminars, group discussions, student presentations, field courses, self-study, and work experience/practicum.

For the Postgraduate Certificate you will complete the following courses:

Outdoor Environmental Education: Concept-based Practice (20 credits)
Interpreting the Landscape (20 credits)
Ecology and Field Studies (20 credits)

For the Postgraduate Diploma, in addition to the above courses, you will complete:

Education for Environmental Citizenship
Introduction to Learning for Sustainability
Experiential Education (10 credits)
Sources of Knowledge (10 credits)

For the Masters, in addition to the above courses, you will complete:

Research Methods – Planning Research (10 credits)
Dissertation (50 credits)

For the Masters and Diploma you will complete a four-week professional placement/practicum, a five-day canoe descent of the River Spey, a three-day land-based group leadership and navigation course, a two-day specialist outdoor first aid course, a group designed, week-long ‘Environmental Education in Practice’ practicum project, and the opportunity to opt-in to other professional development courses (eg. sea kayaking) from the MSc Outdoor Education programme at an additional cost.

The Masters and Diploma programmes can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis. The Certificate is by nature a part-time programme of study.

Career opportunities

This industry-recognised qualification will allow you to take on roles in outdoor environmental and sustainability education in a variety of settings from schools, to community education, private organisations, or charitable/not-for-profit organisations.

Completion of the MSc degree will enable you to continue onto advanced research, and a possible academic career. However, you will also develop highly transferable skills, such as communication and project management, which can be applied in any field.

Work placement/internships opportunities

To facilitate and broaden direct experience of teaching outdoors, course members undertake a 4-week professional placement. The placement occurs at a stage in the programme when students are able to make a useful contribution to the agencies they choose to work with and are able to relate their experience to theoretical material covered in class. Placement agencies range from those focusing on environmental education, to inner city projects, special needs organisations, management training, outdoor education centres, and many more.

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Ideal as an advanced study of the intellectual, ethical and cultural processes of education, this programme also gives you the chance to reflect on – and build on – your own professional development. Read more

Programme description

Ideal as an advanced study of the intellectual, ethical and cultural processes of education, this programme also gives you the chance to reflect on – and build on – your own professional development.

Through strategically designed core courses and a wide range of options, this programme allows you to focus your studies on particular areas of interest and relevance to your career aims.

With guidance from our staff (all leaders in the field) and in a lively and supportive student community, you will take part in social and philosophical reflection and debate, and critically analyse the themes that dominate today’s academic and policy communities.

You will take an in-depth approach to policy analysis, as well as exploring international and comparative perspectives on education and training.

Programme structure

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

You will complete two compulsory courses and three optional courses, as well as training in research methods.

On completion of these courses, you will also produce an independently researched dissertation.

Compulsory courses:

Education Policy and the Politics of Education
The sources of knowledge: Understanding and analysing research literature
Conceptualising research: Foundations, assumptions and praxis
Research Methods: Planning Research
Dissertation (MSc Education)

Optional courses may include:

Adult Education and Life Long Learning
Child and Adolescent Development
Developmental Disabilities: A Psychological Approach
International Perspectives on Education and Training
Learners, Learning and Teaching
Philosophical Foundations of Educational Theory, Policy and Practice
Ethics and Education: The Normative Dimensions of Education
Human Resource Development: theory and practice
Quantitative Data Analysis with SPSS
The Nature of Enquiry
Designing, Delivering and Evaluating Training
Qualitative Data Research
Comparative Analysis in Education
Children and Technology
The Curriculum: Context, Change and Development

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.

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This programme is designed as a postgraduate gateway to careers in youth work, adult education and community development. You’ll work through the theoretical frameworks that underpin this area of educational practice, and learn to deal with complex ethical and professional issues. Read more

Programme description

This programme is designed as a postgraduate gateway to careers in youth work, adult education and community development.

You’ll work through the theoretical frameworks that underpin this area of educational practice, and learn to deal with complex ethical and professional issues.

Your learning experience includes a professional placement, which will give you the chance to apply your knowledge and methodologies, as well as the opportunity to forge vital links within the community education field.

On graduation, you’ll be considered to have met the standards required in Scotland for professional practice as a community educator.

Programme structure

Your learning will encompass teacher-led and student-led activity and will take the form of both individual and group work and a professional placement in community education.

Completion of the taught programme can lead to the award of Postgraduate Diploma in Community Education, which is the accredited professional qualification for practice in Scotland, the UK and beyond.

Students wishing to progress to the MSc go on to complete a dissertation.

Compulsory courses:

Groupwork in Context
Professional Practice (includes nine week placement)
Politics, Policy and Professional Identity in Community Education
Community Education: History, Ideology and Practice

You will also choose two option courses: one focusing on youth work, adult education or community work, and one other, which may be chosen from the selection offered across the University.

Career opportunities

This programme can open up a diverse range of career opportunities in this fast expanding field of educational practice. You will be able to demonstrate to potential employers that you have certified skills and experience in community education, and so gain an advantage in seeking roles in the field.

You may also decide to undertake further research, and perhaps move into an academic career. You will develop a range of highly transferable skills, such as research, communication and project management, which can be applied to roles in any field.

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If you are interested in the development of dance education, a comprehensive understanding of the science underpinning the art form is a must. Read more

Programme description

If you are interested in the development of dance education, a comprehensive understanding of the science underpinning the art form is a must. This innovative programme - the only one of its kind in Scotland - offers just that, giving you the scientific theory and specialist skills that will inspire you to push the frontiers of dance and dance education.

As you study the science relevant to dance performance and education, you will have access to resources at:

Sport, Physical Education and Health Sciences
Human Performance Science group

Through a multi-disciplinary blend of theory and practice, you will learn to prepare dancers to improve performance, explore the physiological and developmental issues that relate to dance education and training, and develop awareness of changing trends.

The programme is offered as:

Master of Science, which can be completed over 12 months (full time) or 24-72 months (part time)
Postgraduate diploma, which can be completed over 9 months (full time) or 12-48 months (part time)

Dance Science & Education with teaching pathway to registration with the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS):
Many dance teachers work in school and community contexts, however, it is a legal requirement for any teacher teaching in the Scottish state school system to be registered with the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS). Being registered not only allows an individual to teach but it also provides assurances to employers, parents and children that teachers meet a national standard of teaching.

The MSc Dance Science and Education now has a teaching pathway to registration with the GTCS, which was accredited in June 2015. On successful completion of this degree students are recommended by the University to the GTCS for provisional registration. Upon completion of the required probationary period of teaching graduates from this degree will further register with the GTCS as a teacher with a subject specialism in dance. This is currently the only route to GTCS registration as a teacher for dance specialists qualified to teach learners aged 3-18 years in schools.

The programme is offered as a Master of Science (SCQF level 11) and can be completed over 15 months (full time) or 24 months (part time). It is not available as a Postgraduate diploma.

Programme structure

Your learning will incorporate a variety of approaches including lectures, student-led seminars, presentations and, where appropriate, practical skills training and project work.

Compulsory courses:

Dance Pedagogy
Preventive Dance Medicine
Research Methods x 3

You will also choose 40 credits of optional courses from a range that are offered at Moray House School of Education and may include for example:

Coaching and performance
Psychology for physical activity
Nutritional factors and ergogenic aids
Physical activity for health
Pediatric factors in sport
Assessment of physical activity and body composition
Peak performance
Stress and coping in performance
Planning and instruction for performance
Physio-mechanical aspects of resistance training
Conditioning physiology

Additional options may be chosen from courses offered by relevant schools within the University, subject to approval.

On completion of your courses, you may choose to progress to the MSc, which will include the production of an independently researched dissertation.

For the GTCS accredited teaching pathway, there are no optional courses, but there is an additional compulsory course:

The Professional Development and Leadership in Dance Teaching (PDLDT)

Career opportunities

Whether you are a recent graduate or a mid-career professional, this programme will prepare you for further research, which can be channelled into an academic career or used to advance your performing or educational career. The transferable skills you gain, such as communication and project management, will also be valuable in enhancing any career options.

If you choose the GTCS accredited teaching pathway, this degree will enable you to apply for GTCS registration and teach in schools with a subject specialism of dance across 3-18 years.

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This new programme will interest graduates who want to make a difference to the lives of a wide range of children in education. You will compare inclusive educational practices in Scotland, the UK and across the world. Read more

Programme description

This new programme will interest graduates who want to make a difference to the lives of a wide range of children in education. You will compare inclusive educational practices in Scotland, the UK and across the world. You will study particular approaches to removing barriers to learning and including all children.

The programme has specific pathways for Postgraduate Diploma (visually impaired learners), Postgraduate Diploma (deaf learners) and Postgraduate Diploma (bilingual learners).
Programme structure

Compulsory courses:
Inclusive Pedagogy
Sources of knowledge
Conceptualising research

Option courses:
You will choose three option courses from this range:

Comparative approaches to inclusive and special education
Collaborative working in children’s services
Education for all
Teachers as agents of change
Foundations of international child protection
Issues and strategies for teaching and learning (VI)
Inclusion of pupils with visual impairment
Cerebral VI and profound and multiple learning difficulties
Audiology and audiometry
Language and communication (deaf children)
The developing bilingual learner
Specific learning difficulties: dyslexia
Assessing pupils with visual impairment
Bilingualism and other additional support needs
Promoting achievement and curriculum access to deaf / bilingual learners
Specific learning difficulties: co-occurring difficulties
Deaf Studies
an option course worth up to 40 credits from within the School or from elsewhere in the University (at SCQF level 11), subject to approval by the programme director
Dissertation (MSc)
Planning research
Research dissertation

Learning outcomes

The programme aims to:

develop and appropriately apply knowledge, skills and attitudes relevant to inclusive education and the contexts in which it takes place
reflect critically on the relationships between theory and practice and explore issues in the implementation of educational and social principles and ideals
engage with and where appropriate influence policy issues and the practice of professionals in relation to the delivery of inclusive education
develop extended skills in research and enquiry, including the use of literature, reviewing evidence, gathering, organising and evaluating data, responding to evidence and providing critical comment

Career opportunities

Suiting newly qualified teachers and experienced practitioners alike, this programme provides a qualification that can open doors to a new career in inclusive and special education, or an advanced role in the field.

It can also provide the foundations for a career in policy formation and development, as well as a broad range of highly transferable skills, such as communication and project management, which can be applied to roles in any field.

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If you are interested in the development of dance education, a comprehensive understanding of the science underpinning the art form is a must. Read more

Programme description

If you are interested in the development of dance education, a comprehensive understanding of the science underpinning the art form is a must. This innovative programme – the only one of its kind in Scotland – offers just that, giving you the scientific theory and specialist skills that will inspire you to push the frontiers of dance and dance education.

As you study the science relevant to dance performance and education, you will have access to resources at our Institute for Sport, Physical Education and Health Sciences, the UK’s leading provider of physical education training.

Through a multi-disciplinary blend of theory and practice, you will learn to prepare dancers to improve performance, explore the physiological and developmental issues that relate to dance education and training, and develop awareness of changing trends.

Programme structure

Your learning will incorporate a variety of approaches including lectures, student-led seminars, presentations and, where appropriate, practical skills training and project work.

On completion of your courses, you may choose to progress to the MSc, which will include the production of an independently researched dissertation

Career opportunities

Whether you are a recent graduate or a mid-career professional, this programme will prepare you for further research, which can be channelled into an academic career or used to advance your performing or educational career. The transferable skills you gain, such as communication and project management, will also be valuable in enhancing any career options.

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This Professional Graduate Diploma in Education is for graduates wishing to enter the teaching profession in Scotland at primary level. Read more

Programme description

This Professional Graduate Diploma in Education is for graduates wishing to enter the teaching profession in Scotland at primary level.

The one-year programme is the Scottish route to qualified teacher status. We aim to produce successful, reflective teachers, sensitive to the demands of pupils, responsive to changes within the education system and committed to their own continuing professional development.

The 36-week primary programme is an intensive programme of study, half of which is spent in placement schools, with the other half spent studying on campus.

Your learning follows the chronological sequence of pupil development – the focus is initially on early years, moving to the middle primary and then upper primary years.

Programme structure

Your placement experiences will cover three school settings: early years, middle primary and upper primary. Each placement is preceded by study on a school-stage-related course at the University.

Each unit of study comprises two courses, one on preparation for teaching, the other a school placement course. In addition, you will undertake extensive reading.

The courses involve learning in the domains of educational theory and practice, ensuring that you are well prepared to take on the professional role of a student teacher on placement. There is an emphasis on the development of collaborative working skills in problem-based learning contexts.

Most in-faculty learning is through lectures and workshop groups. There is an emphasis on collaborative and problem-based learning.

Students are also expected during their PGDE year to build on their academic literacy skills from their undergraduate degree.

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This Professional Graduate Diploma in Education is for graduates wishing to enter the teaching profession in Scotland at secondary level. Read more

Programme description

This Professional Graduate Diploma in Education is for graduates wishing to enter the teaching profession in Scotland at secondary level.

The one-year programme is the Scottish route to qualified teacher status. We aim to prepare you for the range of roles that teachers are expected to play: a competent, reflective classroom practitioner; a collaborator who contributes to the wider informal curriculum of the school; a subject specialist and curriculum developer; and a teacher in society, whether building strong relationships with parents or contributing to national policy debates.

The 36-week secondary programme is divided equally between University- based and school-based activities.

The programme is designed to prepare you for the range of roles that teachers are expected to play:

a competent, reflective classroom practitioner
a collaborator who contributes to the wider informal curriculum of the school
a subject specialist and a curriculum developer
a teacher in society, whether building strong relationships with parents or contributing to national policy debates

We currently offer our secondary programme in the following subjects:

art and design
biology
chemistry
design and technology
drama
English
geography
history
mathematics
modern foreign languages (Chinese, French, German)
music
physical education
physics

Programme structure

This 36-week programme, starting in late August, is divided into three blocks, of 16 weeks, 11 weeks and nine weeks. Each block contains an equal balance between University-based and school-based activities.

Campus activities will include lectures and workshops, with a focus on student-centred learning in a multidisciplinary setting. School activities will include observation and analysis of teaching and learning, through to developing and implementing your own teaching practice.

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This programme provides the opportunity to develop specialist knowledge and enhance existing pedagogical expertise. Highly flexible, and suitable for recent graduates and professionals alike, we offer a range of study options that can be tailored to your career aims. Read more

Programme description

This programme provides the opportunity to develop specialist knowledge and enhance existing pedagogical expertise. Highly flexible, and suitable for recent graduates and professionals alike, we offer a range of study options that can be tailored to your career aims.

You will explore the theory and methods of language teaching, gain research skills, and focus on your choice of option subjects, ranging from language testing and TESOL course design to media analysis and online language learning. A key strength of the programme is our world-class staff offering support in three separate language areas: English, modern foreign languages and TESOL.

Programme structure

For the MSc you will complete six compulsory courses and two option courses, plus a dissertation. The PgDip and PgCert comprise similar combinations of compulsory and option courses.

Career opportunities

You will enhance your language abilities in both research and teaching practice.

Completion of the masters degree may take you into advanced research studies and an academic career path.

The assessed and non-assessed Continuing Professional Development option will prove invaluable if you are looking to expand your current teaching role, and the transferable skills you gain in areas such as communication and project management will be an asset in any role you may undertake in the future.

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This MSc is an opportunity to study international educational responses to global issues and benefit from Scotland’s position as one of the leading countries in the world in this field. Read more

Programme description

This MSc is an opportunity to study international educational responses to global issues and benefit from Scotland’s position as one of the leading countries in the world in this field.

The programme has been designed in response to recent policy declarations by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (Revised Professional Standards) and the Scottish Government.

It seeks to understand and contribute to the ways schooling, community and higher education respond to issues such as climate change, resource depletion, inequality and well-being, and ecological and economic stability.

It explores the relationships between learning and social and environmental change in complex, global circumstances, through local places and educational contexts.

Programme structure

For the Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) programme you will study:

Introduction to Learning for Sustainability
Ecosystems for Educators
Outdoor Learning

For the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) programme you will study the PgCert courses plus the following:

Education for Environmental Citizenship
Environmental Philosophy and City-based Outdoor Learning
Experiential Education
The Sources of Knowledge (or Conceptualising Research)

For the Masters (MSc) programme you will study the PgCert and PgDip courses plus the following:

Planning Research
Dissertation

Career opportunities

The programme is designed to enhance career opportunities for practising teachers, education professionals, policy-makers and activists from informal, environmental, outdoor, community and NGO education providers and for Scottish, UK and international students who already work, or intend to work, in these and related areas.

The University of Edinburgh plays a key role in Scotland’s UN Recognised Regional Centre of Expertise in Education for Sustainable Development, and can offer strong collaborative links with other Scottish universities, non-governmental organisations, and third sector organisations within Scotland and internationally.

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Research in an educational setting requires a very specific set of skills. In this advanced-level programme you will gain those skills and develop your understanding of the nature and use of research in education. Read more

Programme description

Research in an educational setting requires a very specific set of skills. In this advanced-level programme you will gain those skills and develop your understanding of the nature and use of research in education.

Recognised as a Research Training programme by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), this masters has been designed as both a free-standing degree and the first year of doctoral study (the first year of a ‘1+3’ programme).

This programme will allow you to develop analytical and practical skills useful not only for a career in academia but also in other research settings and in the commercial sector. If you are an education professional, the theories and techniques you will develop on this programme will enable you to undertake empirical work in your own area of practice.

On completion of the programme you will be able to critically evaluate research evidence based on quantitative and qualitative data and will have gained the knowledge and experience to conduct rigorous research in education and allied social subjects.

Programme structure

You will be taught through a range of learning and teaching activities: lectures, seminars, practical training, group work and discussion and self-study activities.

You will complete four programme-specific compulsory courses and two option courses. On completion of your taught courses, you will also produce an independently researched dissertation.

Compulsory courses:

Nature of Enquiry
Quantitative Data Analysis with SPSS
Qualitative Data Research
Designing Educational Research

Option courses may be chosen from those within the MSc Education, or from other MSc programmes in the School or from elsewhere across the University, subject to approval.

Career opportunities

This programme is an excellent step towards PhD study and a career in academia or in research within government and national or international organisations. It will also provide you with a series of analytical and practical transferable skills that will enhance your career prospects in any field of your choice.

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This programme will develop your love of language and its teaching, giving you the knowledge and professional skills you need to enter this challenging area, or to extend your current career. Read more

Programme description

This programme will develop your love of language and its teaching, giving you the knowledge and professional skills you need to enter this challenging area, or to extend your current career.

Whether you are a newly qualified or experienced teacher, or you are involved in a related area of language teaching, such as curriculum development, you will benefit from the blend of educational and linguistic foundations on offer.

You will learn through a combination of fundamental theory and practice, including class observation.

You will benefit from unrivalled joint resources and expertise offered by the department of Linguistics & English Language, the Institute for Applied Language Studies and the Moray House School of Education: all leading centres for the studies of language and teaching.

Programme structure

For the MSc you will complete six compulsory courses and two optional courses, plus a dissertation. The PgDip comprises a similar combination of compulsory and optional courses.

Compulsory courses:

Language and the Learner
Language, Education and Society
Professional Practice
Research Methods (Part 1) Sources of Knowledge
Research Methods (Part 2) Conceptualising Research: Foundations, Assumptions and Praxis
Research Methods (Part 3) Planning Research

Option courses may include:

Language Programme Design
Language Testing
Evaluation and Design of TESOL Materials
Techniques & Processes of Teacher Education and Supervision for TESOL
TESOL for Young Learners
Online Language Learning
Approaches to Media Analysis
Teaching Texts Across Borders – From Picture Books to Teenage Fiction and Film
Theory and Practice of Second Language Learning
TESOL Methodology
Text, Discourse and Language Teaching
Second Language Teaching Curriculum and Language in Use

Career opportunities

This qualification will allow you to pursue opportunities in foreign or second language teaching, either as a newly qualified teacher looking to enter the profession, an experienced practitioner seeking to diversify or reinforce your current career, or a non-qualified teacher with an interest in foreign language tuition.

You will also gain a host of valuable transferable skills that you can carry into any career situation.

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Whether you are a new or experienced teacher, this dynamic programme’s challenging combination of theory and practice will provide you with the essential language teaching skills you need to teach English to speakers of other languages. Read more

Programme description

Whether you are a new or experienced teacher, this dynamic programme’s challenging combination of theory and practice will provide you with the essential language teaching skills you need to teach English to speakers of other languages.

Designed primarily for EFL, ESL and TESOL teachers, teacher trainers, head teachers and materials/curriculum/policy designers, it allows you to upgrade your knowledge of language, methodology and curriculum design, and shows you how to focus on the needs of the learner.

You will learn to design, implement and evaluate substantial research or development tasks, and adapt your planning and teaching approaches to changing contexts and circumstances.

You will graduate with greater professional knowledge and enhanced confidence in your ability to teach the English language to any student.

Programme structure

For the MSc you will complete three compulsory courses and two option courses, plus a dissertation. The PgDip and PgCert comprise similar combinations of compulsory and optional courses.

Compulsory courses:

TESOL Methodology
Language and the Learner
Second Language Teaching Curriculum
Research Methods (Part 1) Sources of Knowledge
Research Methods (Part 2) Conceptualising Research: Foundations, Assumptions And Praxis
Research Methods (Part 3) Planning Research

Option courses may include (note: not all options run every year):

Evaluation and Design of TESOL Materials
Language Testing
Online Language Learning
Teaching Text Across Borders
Theory and Practice of Second Language Learning
Language Awareness for Second Language Teachers
Investigating Individual Learner Differences
Language and Culture Pedagogy

Career opportunities

This qualification can lead to a variety of roles in the TESOL field such as:

training other TESOL teachers
management of TESOL education
teaching English at primary, secondary or tertiary level
teaching English in specialised fields (e.g. business English)
The MSc is a good introduction to an advanced research degree. You will also develop a range of highly transferable skills, such as communication and professional skills, which can be applied to roles in any field.

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