New religious education teachers for secondary schools

By Press Office

QMU is to create the next generation of Religious Education teachers by offering a new one-year postgraduate degree which will qualify graduates to work as teachers of Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies in Scotland’s secondary schools.  

The University is now accepting applicants for its new PGDE Secondary (Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies) which will be attractive to graduates who already have undergraduate degrees in a related subject such as religious studies, philosophy, theology, or divinity. 

Simon Hoult, Associate Head of Psychology, Sociology and Education at Queen Margaret University, explained: “This degree follows on from the success of QMU’s other teaching qualifications – a degree in primary education and a postgraduate diploma in home economics.” 

"In our modern world with all its local, national, and global challenges, there has never been a more important time to learn the necessary skills and knowledge to help transform young lives. It is essential that we educate young people to contribute positively to their communities, as well as to global wellbeing. Queen Margaret University’s new PGDE Secondary (Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies) will help develop a new generation of Religious Education teachers who can advocate for social justice, sustainable lifestyles and health and wellbeing, and enable young people to grapple with moral and ethical issues, equipping them to face the challenges of 21st century citizenship."
Simon Hoult, Associate Head of Psychology, Sociology and Education at Queen Margaret University

Queen Margaret University has a team of highly experienced teacher educators on this course whose work is steeped in the theme of social justice, which is a core value running through all of Queen Margaret University’s work.  

Discussing the benefits of the new postgraduate teaching degree, Simon confirmed: “One of the great features of this course is that successful graduates have guaranteed secure paid employment for one year in a secondary school in Scotland as a RMPS teacher. 

“The University’s teaching degrees are very focused on outdoor learning as a fun and engaging way to educate young people. Students on the PGDE Secondary (Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies) will have plenty of opportunity to develop their outdoor learning skills within the attractive grounds of Queen Margaret University. As the year progresses, the University will be further developing its Outdoor Learning Hub to support the education of all of its teaching students, and that of the wider teaching profession.”  

Sir Paul Grice, Principal of Queen Margaret University, concluded: “Our initial teacher education courses take a fresh and vibrant approach to learning to teach in Scotland. Our strong focus on social justice allows us to attract and educate people who want to make a real difference to the world around them. What better way to do that than to educate and inspire our future generation of young people – supporting them to develop as engaged global citizens who can make a positive contribution to shaping our communities and the health of our nation.” 

To find out more about the PGDE Secondary (Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies) and/or to apply for the place, visit: PGDE Secondary (Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies). 

Notes to Editor

This course may interest graduates who have degrees covering significant areas of Religious Studies, Philosophy, Theology, Divinity, Sociology of Religion, Anthropology of Religion or Psychology or Religion. 

Course details can be found at PGDE Secondary (Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies) and further information about the University’s initial teacher education can be found at Initial Teaching FAQs. 

For further media information contact Lynne Russell, Communications Manager, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, E: (copy to E: M: 07711 011239.