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Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Education Studies Teaching / Training (General)

Course type


Course Summary

The MSc Education is our flagship taught postgraduate degree and one of our most popular programmes. It provides 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 level study. We are currently taking applications for a general MSc Education and now, applicants have the opportunity to choose a pathway in a particular area of education where we have research and teaching strengths. The pathways on offer are a new and exciting innovation to the programme. Through strategically designed compulsory courses and a wide range of options, this programme allows you to focus your studies on particular areas of interest and relevance to your educational and professional aims. With guidance from our staff and in a lively and supportive student community, you will take part in social and philosophical reflection about the nature, value and purposes of education.

Students enrolling on the MSc Education programme will be able to gain either a general MSc in Education or take up a specialist pathway based upon research and teaching strengths in the school: 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).

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.

Different course options

Full time | The University of Edinburgh | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



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

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a relevant discipline. Students with relevant employment or experience will also be considered.

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