Transformative Learning and Teaching

University of Edinburgh


Holyrood Campus


This Masters programme is for graduates who want a teaching qualification designed to make an explicit difference to the lives of children and young people: it will support you in becoming a beginning teacher with a transformative orientation.

The MSc in Transformative Learning and Teaching programme provides an in-depth and integrated learning experience, with time spent in both University and school sites throughout the two years, allowing you to develop your skills as a beginning teacher over a longer period of time than would be the case in a Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE Primary and Secondary) programme. You’ll also graduate from this programme with a full masters degree, something that is increasingly seen as desirable for the Scottish teacher workforce as a whole, together with a teaching qualification which will allow you to work across the primary/secondary transition.

The programme has a central focus on transformative practice, and, uniquely, will entitle graduates to teach across the primary/secondary transition phase. You will be able to choose from one of the following pathways: Nursery – Secondary 3 Pathway; Primary 5 – Secondary 6 Pathway in a specific subject (Subject pathways offered are: Computing Science, English, Mathematics and Physics.)

Entry Requirements

All candidates are required to have: A relevant UK honours degree at 2:1 or above, or its international equivalent; Higher Grade English (SCQF Level 6, or equivalent) at Grade C or above; National 5 Mathematics (SCQF Level 5, or equivalent) at Grade B or above.

For candidates applying to the Primary 5 - Secondary 6 subject specialist pathway, you will specialise in either Computing Science, English, Languages, Mathematics or Physics. Your first degree should contain at least two graduating courses (80 UK credits) in the relevant subject.

Selection involves a professional interview.

You will require a satisfactory criminal record check from Disclosure Scotland to show that you are suitable for this type of course. Contact Disclosure Scotland for details on the type you would need.

Start Date



Postgraduate Master's



Study Method

Full time

Course Length

21 months


College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences


Education and Sport (Moray House School of Education)

SCQF Level



Career Sectors

College or University Lecturing

Education Support

Primary School Teaching

Secondary School Teaching

Teaching - Other