BA (Hons) Education Studies

This course is new in 2019 and offers an approach to Education Studies that is founded in evidence-based research in the social sciences. It offers the chance to develop a thorough understanding of contemporary issues in education, psychology and sociology, and to develop in-demand skills in research and interprofessional working.

Scotland’s newest Education Studies degree is an innovative, broad-based social sciences programme with an emphasis on wider aspects of education.


Why QMU?

  • This newly launched course offers a forward-looking, evidence-based approach to Education Studies.
  • You’ll study on an attractive, modern campus just 8 minutes from the centre of Edinburgh.
  • This is an intellectually inspiring course that will develop your critical-thinking abilities, hone your research skills and help you take your first step the career path of your choice.

About the course

Education Studies is a broad-based, interdisciplinary social sciences degree which explores education in its broadest sense. The programme examines the historical trajectory of educational provision, current trends and the direction of education for the future, both in the UK and overseas. The course is designed to offer both practical and theoretical opportunities to enable students to meet the challenges as well as recognise the rewards of working in a wide variety of formal and informal educational settings. It will prepare students for a variety of careers that involve working closely with adults, children and young people, and help them develop the knowledge they will need to help shape policies and influence laws and legislation concerning positive educational outcomes. It challenges students to conceptualise education both locally and globally.

This degree will enable students to develop a critical understanding of education and the roles and purposes to which it has been put past, present and future. Through engagement with research and policy it will deepen understanding of how education is delivered, evaluated and reformed within today’s world. This will include developing knowledge of contemporary educational policy at both global and local levels. Students will study international perspectives of education, global health and learning inequality, education for sustainable development, the impact of adversities such as homelessness, neglect and migration as well as the importance of creativity and the natural environment for our wellbeing. They will be encouraged to think critically about how curricula and teaching and learning practices are conceived and constructed and whose experience of the world they patronise and/or distort. Throughout the course students study the impact of poverty and deprivation locally and globally and bring to bear their increasing knowledge of psychological and sociological theory to better understand these prevailing injustices and their impact on the learners.

Throughout the degree students will be introduced to educational theories and theorists and will actively engage in contemporary issues in psychology and sociology developing a sound knowledge-base of lifespan development and the range of factors that affects it. In addition, students will also develop a wide range of transferable skills, paying particular attention to digital and data literacy, improving interpersonal and presentation skills, effective reading and writing, analytical thinking and critical reflection, as well as a sustained focus on the development of research skills.

There may be an option to group optional modules (electives) in relation to 2-3 pathways (subject to validation) e.g.:

  • Social and political impact of education
  • Psychology of learning
  • Cultural/creative/community education

This course will:

  • appeal to people with a social conscience who want to engage with socio-political issues and make a difference
  • provide a community based placement in an educational related setting
  • prepare you to be an autonomous, critically thinking reflective professional
  • engage you in an exciting variety of learning and assessment methods

The skills and experience you develop during your education degree prepare you for a range of careers working with learners of all ages and abilities and in all settings and contexts. For example, it could be ideal if you want to:

  • engage in educational contexts other than the traditional classroom
  • explore the field of education but are unsure of career direction
  • use the degree as a building block for postgraduate studies such as a Master of Arts in Teaching or Counselling, or a Post Graduate Diploma in Education
  • pursue overseas humanitarian roles or teach overseas
  • plan to work (or already are working ) in one or more community education settings

This is a fresh, modern and ambitious approach to Education Studies. We hope you feel as passionate about this new direction as we do and look forward to receiving your application.

At QMU we are committed to widening access to education and we welcome applications from all backgrounds and genders.


You will study for four years to develop in-demand and transferable skills in Education. You will complete a range of modules each year as outlined.

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

You’ll learn through lectures, seminars, workshops, enquiry-based student-led activity, independent study, online group tutorials and community placements.

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Students will study a variety of modules in Education Studies, Psychology and Sociology throughout the programme. More details will be available in due course.


There will be an opportunity to undertake a community placement during the 4-year programme.

Exchange opportunities


Entry requirements


Scottish Higher: BBCC

A Level: CCD

Irish Leaving Certificate: H3 H3 H3 H3

International Baccalaureate: 26 points

International: IELTS of 6.0 with no element lower than 5.5

Required subjects: Maths and English at S/Int2/Nat 5/GCSE

Mature/Access: We welcome applications from mature students with relevant qualifications and/ or experience - see www.qmu.ac.uk/study-here/access-to-higher-education/college-leavers-and-mature-students/

Direct Entry:

Associate student places


Other information

Please note that this degree course does not lead to a teaching qualification and graduates are not eligible for GTCS registration.


With this degree you’ll be prepared to enter into a wide range of professional careers that share skills with teaching including training and development; leisure, museum and arts education; and educational psychology. You will also have the expertise and confidence to forge your future in other fields.

The demand for expertise in the process of teaching and learning goes far beyond the confines of the school building. There are many jobs in a great variety of fields. Applications include working in government agencies, non-profits, hospitals, museums, private or charter schools, public policy organizations, businesses, service or volunteer organizations, youth camps, adult education programmes and more. The list below provides examples of jobs directly related to a degree in Education Studies.

Community Education Officer, Early Years teacher, Education administrator, English as a Foreign Language teacher, learning mentor, additional support needs teacher, teaching assistant.

Professional registration/accreditation


Teaching staff, class sizes and timetables

Awarding body


Please see the ‘External review’ section.





Course Overview

4 years
Start Date
September 2019
On campus
Study Abroad
Fees & Funding