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Our Master's degree in Pedagogy is designed to enable teachers and other education professionals to develop research-informed practice. 

  • Apply your learning to practical situations within your own context, using your learning to drive effective change.
  • Participate in this programme in school hubs, face-to-face at St Mary's or through blended and online options.
  • Advance your professional skills and expertise in learning and teaching through the development of a research culture.
  • Access to excellent tutorial and supervisory support.

Why study Education: Pedagogy (Edinburgh)?

Education: Pedagogy is designed for anyone involved in teaching and learning. This includes teachers and other education professionals such as teaching assistants, mentors and librarians.

The degree offers a variety of modules to meet your needs, regardless of your location or phase of schooling.

The programme will develop your ability to reflect critically on classroom practice. The focus throughout is on developing your pedagogical understanding as a reflective practitioner.

You'll gain a wider understanding of key issues in the field of education. You’ll also develop a critical understanding of research methodology as you plan and conduct a small-scale enquiry into an issue of your own choice, leading to evidence-informed innovation. This will enable you to further your understanding of your own practice.

Why St Mary's?

Our suite of Education postgraduate degrees build on our long tradition of excellence in teacher education. The success of this degree lies in the flexible structure, bespoke delivery and quality of teaching offered.

We offer a flexible range of ways for you to study the degree so as to suit your needs: face-to-face, online or blended. Blended teaching combines elements of intensive face-to-face learning with online learning.

You'll apply your learning to practical situations within you own school. Using the knowledge you gain you'll be able to drive effective change and engage critically with current educational debates.

The choice of option modules will allow you to specialise in an area relevant to your work. These include:

  • Inclusive Practice
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Religious Education
  • Physical Education
  • Science

You'll learn from tutors with experience in teaching, management and leadership as well as research and consultancy.

During your studies, you'll have access to excellent online learning resources Education library. The Naylor Library has numerous study spaces, open access IT facilities and a café.

Education degrees in Edinburgh

As well as this course, we also offer two other Education postgraduate degrees in Edinburgh:

Education degrees in London

This degree, as well as many other Education Master's degrees, is also available to study at our London campus in Twickenham. These pathways include:

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Course lead

Matthew Dell headshotMatthew Dell
Senior Lecturer

Entry requirements

2:2 Previous degree

A good honours degree.

Additional requirement information

Experience of working in an educational setting or a relevant professional interest is also required.

Accredited prior learning

Applicants with up to 90 Level 7 credits (for example from a PGCE, National Professional Qualification or National SENCo Award) are eligible to apply for exemption from up to three modules.

International requirements

International students should check our country-specific pages for equivalents. If English is not your first language you will need to achieve an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in any section (or equivalent).

We now accept IELTS Indicator test results as proof of your English language level.

Further information

For more information about entry requirements please email

Course content

The degree consists of five modules: four compulsory modules and one specialist module. This allows you to focus on an area of interest within leadership or pedagogy.


  •  Core
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  •  Optional
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Please note: it is possible that a module listed on the website will not be able to run due to reasons beyond our control. For more information please refer to our course information disclaimer.

Career opportunities

This Master's programme supports your long-term career development. This is evident from the high proportion of graduates who achieve internal or external promotion to middle and senior educational leadership positions.

Graduates of this programme are well placed to pursue doctoral studies on either a Professional Doctorate (Doctor of Education) or a PhD.

The Careers Service has more information on careers and postgraduate study options available to Education: Pedagogy (Edinburgh) students who have started their studies at St Mary’s.

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How the degree is taught

Teaching methods

This degree is taught within the Gillis Centre (formerly St Margaret's Convent and School) in Edinburgh.

Teaching methods include a combination of lectures, group seminars, workshops and individual tutorials.

Modules are taught either at St Mary’s through intensive Saturday Schools (approximately monthly) or study days in school holidays or fortnightly twilight sessions.

Assessment methods

Learning is assessed through a variety of methods:

  • Reflective journals
  • Research proposals
  • Essays
  • Case studies
  • Portfolios
  • Seminar and conference presentations

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The tuition fees listed are for the duration of the course. Part-time applicants should check our part-time fee information.

September 2022

  • Home: £6,990
  • International: £14,550

Part‐time fees

Part‐time students will be charged for the modules undertaken per academic year. Module prices are calculated as a percentage of credits against the total credits and cost of the degree.

Tuition fees are subject to an inflationary increase each year, meaning if your course runs over more than one academic year you may pay an increased fee per module for each subsequent year of study. Tuition fee increases for returning students will be capped at the higher of 5% per annum or the rate of Consumer Price Index inflation in the United Kingdom.


We are offering bursaries of £500 to parishioners of all dioceses in Scotland participating in a full postgraduate programme at the Gillis Centre beginning in September 2022, provided this is matched by a similar contribution towards the fees from the parish.

As part of the 3forRE scheme, RE teachers wishing to pursue postgraduate study may be eligible for Culham St Gabriel’s grant. The funding available is £1,500 a year and more details can be found on the Culham St Gabriel’s website

Government-funded loans of over £11,000 are available to many Home postgraduate students.

For guidance about financing your studies, including information about the government-funded loans, please check out Fees and Funding section.

Home and International students may also be eligible for external sources of funding. Please visit our alternative postgraduate funding webpage for more information about external scholarships and grants for postgraduate taught and postgraduate research programmes.

International Students should check their eligibility for our International Scholarship.

Alumni discount

A 20% tuition fee discount is available for our alumni (undergraduate and PGCE) planning to study this Master's degree. Those studying for a PGDip of PGCert are not eligible for the discount.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme.

Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken For further information about additional costs please contact


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Further information

Previous dissertations

  1. How can we develop the argumentation skills of middle ability Key Stage 4 science students?
  2. How can the research school engage nursery pupils in Forest Schooling?
  3. Exploring how spelling strategies taught during interventions can raise attainment and confidence in low ability pupils.
  4. Gender stereotypes and the STEM gender gap: exploring how boys taught in single-sex institutions perceive women in science.
  5. How does discrete, systematic teaching of number affect children’s mathematical development and understanding in Reception?
  6. How can teaching assistants use intervention to raise levels of progress and attainment in grammar and punctuation?
  7. Exploring the effectiveness of different strategies for teaching new vocabulary in primary school.
  8. How can a Talk 4 Writing intervention support the development of English as an additional language for children displaced as a result of war?
  9. How does teaching of science in primary school reflect the needs of learners in Piaget's Stages II and III of development?
  10. How do children in KS2 use mathematical language?

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