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The University of Edinburgh: Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary)

Institution The University of Edinburgh View institution profile
Department Moray House School of Education and Sport
Study type Taught


The Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) Secondary is for graduates who want to become subject-specialist teachers in the secondary sector. This programme is the Scottish route to qualified teacher status.

This is an intensive programme of study, divided equally between University-based and school-based activities.

We designed the programme to prepare you for the range of roles that teachers are expected to play:

  • A competent, reflective classroom practitioner

  • A collaborator who contributes to the wider informal curriculum of the school

  • A subject specialist and a curriculum developer

  • A teacher in society, whether building strong relationships with parents or contributing to national policy debates

You will develop the capacity to become a transformative teacher, making a positive impact on the outcomes of learners, with the capacity to become a future leader in the profession. To this end, we focus on teaching student teachers to use their powerful subject knowledge to create interesting, relevant and progressive teaching.

We currently offer our secondary programme in the following subjects:

  • Art and Design

  • Biology

  • Chemistry

  • Design and Technology

  • Drama

  • English

  • Geography

  • History

  • Mathematics

  • Language Education (Chinese, French, German)

  • Music

  • Physical Education

  • Physics

Dual Qualification status Dual qualification means that a teacher is qualified to teach two different subject areas within schools, such as Mathematics and Physics.

We welcome applications for dual subject qualification and can accommodate the following combinations:

  • Geography and History

  • Mathematics and Physics

  • any two science subjects, for example, Physics and Chemistry.

for Language Education:

  • Any two from French, German and Chinese

  • French and Spanish

  • German and Spanish

  • Chinese and Spanish

  • French and Italian

  • German and Italian NB: Spanish and Italian can only be taken as second subjects. Chinese with Italian is not possible.

Applying for dual qualification status In your UCAS application, simply make your application for the first subject and state your second subject in your personal statement. At the same time as submitting your UCAS application please inform Admissions of your stated preference via

You must have an additional 80 credits in the second subject area and meet the GTCS requirements for teaching this subject.

Mental health and wellbeing partnership All initial teacher education programmes include access to our mental health and wellbeing programme.

This is provided through our unique partnership with children’s mental health charity Place2Be and helps you to support mental wellbeing in your classrooms and in yourself.

Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (Scotland)

Edinburgh. Extraordinary futures await.

The University of Edinburgh is one of the world's top universities, consistently ranked in the world top 50, and placed 22nd in the 2024 QS World University Rankings.

Our position as one of Britain’s leading research universities was reaffirmed by the results of the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF). The University of Edinburgh is one of the world’s top research-intensive universities, ranked 4th in the UK for research power (Times Higher Education, Overall Ranking of Institutions), with 90% of our research activity classified as world leading or internationally excellent in the 2021 Research Excellence Framework.

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