Postgraduate Taught

January 2022


There will be opportunities for you to meet and work flexibly within your MyAberdeen Ultra teaching environment with other students and your course tutors from the onset and as you begin your learning journey with us. 

In the meantime you should complete the University's Orientation programme.

The University of Aberdeen Orientation programme has been designed to take you through all of the essential information you will need for your student life. We have broken it down into 2 parts.  You should get started on Part 1 now by working through the interactive modules.

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Reading Lists

Reading lists for individual courses will be available through MyAberdeen via course areas and online induction later in the summer. In the meantime, you can engage with critical reading and writing skills and learn more about the University and using Ultra at our award-winning Toolkit website.


Courses will be assessed by online formative tasks leading to summative assignment submissions. These will be graded, and feedback provided online. Specific requirements will vary from programme to programme and assessment details and submission deadlines will be provided in the course content section of every course from the start date.


September 2021

Induction Information

The MA Education tutor team are delighted to welcome you to the University of Aberdeen and look forward to working with and supporting you during your studies.  Whether you are a new or returning student, we hope you enjoy your year of study with us during this academic session.

Download the Induction booklet

Reading Lists

Reading lists for individual courses will be available through MyAberdeen later in the summer. In the meantime, you can engage with critical reading and writing skills  and learn more about the University at our award-winning Toolkit website.

MA1 Reading List

Blackwell’s, the University Bookshop, has worked with the department to organise a book bundle of 6 key titles covering all the main textbooks for your 1st full year of Primary Education and beyond as some of books will used throughout your full degree. This bundle is especially made and discounted to be cheaper than anywhere else online for this course. The bundle is now available for FREE UK delivery or to pre-order for collection from the shop at the start of term.

Included in this bundle are:

  • Learning to Teach in the Primary School
  • Learning Theories in Childhood
  • Language in Education
  • Writing Skills for Education Students
  • Philosophy of Education
  • Reflective Teaching in Schools

Order here

You have 2 different ways to order:

  • If local to the shop already you just reserve online and they will contact you by email to tell you when your bundle/books are ready for collection. 
  • If looking for free UK home delivery or want to pre-order for collection at the start of term, please contact the shop by email ( with a delivery address (if applicable) & daytime telephone number and they will organise payment over the phone.  This bundle is not available for sale online and is exclusive to Blackwells Aberdeen.

If you have any questions at all, please contact the shop by email and they will be more than happy to help. They are currently open Monday to Friday 12 - 4 PM, but from early August they will be returning to normal term hours of 9 - 5 PM Monday to Friday.


Assessments may include essays, presentations, online exercises, and timed assessments online. This will vary from course to course, and there will be specific details in every course guide at the start of term.

Practicals, fieldwork and placements

If your course includes  practical sessions, we will aim to provide these, subject to safety constraints, or create online alternatives. If your course includes a placement, we will follow national guidance and health and safety requirements from the General Teaching Council Scotland (GTCS).

Elective Options
First Course
ED1008 Radical Reconstructions of Mathematics
ED1080  Body Mind and Nature: Learning Outdoors Foundations
EF1005 Doric Language and Culture
ED101E Teaching Primary Science Through Fiction
CO101A (First Half Session) Counselling Skills 
CO151A (second half session) Counselling Skills 
CO201A (first half session-Level 2) Counselling Skills 
CO251A (second half session-Level 2) Counselling Skills 



August 2021

PGDE Primary
Induction Booklet

Please familiarise yourself with the induction booklet which you can download here.

Download the semester timeline.
Meet the Team info
Cathy Francis
Programme Director and Curriculum lead
Alyson Young
Assessment Lead & Deputy Programme Director
Kirsten Darling-McQuistan
Inclusive Practice lead
Lorna Stewart

Primary recruitment co-ordinator
and School Experience Lead

Livia Tanasie
Programme administrator
Tracy Collier
Gordon Stewart
Professional Studies Leads


PGDE Secondary
Guide to Day 1

Online registration will take place in the week commencing 9 August 2021, and further information about this will be communicated over the summer. Your first teaching inputs will take place on Tuesday 17 August, online, via Collaborate (part of our Virtual Learning platform). You will have a welcome lecture commencing at 0930, followed by a day of curricular studies. Further information about how to access these online inputs will be communicated in due course.


Induction Booklet

Congratulations on achieving a place on the Professional Graduate Diploma of Education (PGDE) Secondary Programme.  The University of Aberdeen, School of Education and the PGDE Secondary tutor team are delighted to welcome you and look forward to working with and supporting you during your studies. 

The purpose of this induction booklet is to enable you to access the first day of teaching (Tuesday 17 August 2021) and to plan for your first week and the year ahead, prior to commencing your studies with us.

Download the induction booklet here


The following timeline is subject to change, and you should check back before the start of the programme to ensure you have the most up-to-date version of this document. This outlines the dates for live, timetabled teaching (Curricular Studies and Professional Studies) and for School Experience (SE) placements; you will also have asynchronous, independent learning with which you will engage in your own time.

Meet the Team info

For PGDE general enquiries please email:


Programme Director Faye Hendry
School Experience Co-ordinator Alan Grieve
Assessment Co-ordinator Steph O’Reilly stephanie.o’  
Professional Studies Co-ordinator Colin Christie
Recruitment Co-ordinator Fraser Hepburn
SoE Disabilities Co-ordinator Katrina Foy 


Curricular tutors

Biology Leigh Bjorkvoll
Business Education Alan Grieve
Chemistry & Physics Fraser Hepburn
Computing George Drew 
Drama Will Barlow
English David Johnston
Faye Hendry
Home Economics Janine Lowe

Maths Helen Martin
Modern Languages Colin Christie
Music James O’Neill james.o’
RMPS Graeme Nixon
Social Subjects Steph O’Reilly stephanie.o’


Professional Studies tutors

Leigh Bjorkvoll
Yvonne Bain
Colin Christie
George Drew
Alan Grieve
Faye Hendry
Steph O’Reilly stephanie.o’


Postgraduate Research

As well as being a Postgraduate Research Student in the School of Education you are also part of a wider PGR community through the Postgraduate Research School

Key School Contacts

Dr Elizabeth Curtis
PGR Co-ordinator

Dr David Johnston
PGR Co-ordinator

Sarah Milne
School  Support Co-ordinator for Research


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We are looking forward to welcoming you to campus to start your research journey with us. As a Postgraduate Research student you will have the opportunity to attend a University wide induction in addition to your school induction.

The University of Aberdeen Orientation programme has been designed to take you through all of the essential information you will need for your student life. You can get started now by working through the interactive modules.

There are a series of modules that you can work through before you arrive. Once you have registered you can access the remaining modules and complete your mandatory training programme through your bespoke PGR training platform on our virtual learning environment.

There will be a school welcome event for Postgraduate Research students. This will provide an opportunity to meet Postgraduate coordinators and PhD supervisors. There will also be time to answer any questions you may have. Further details regarding the welcome event will follow in due course.

Audit Masters courses

As a PGR student you may have the opportunity to audit Master‘s courses to augment your research training. Please discuss this with your supervisor and check out the postgraduate taught pages above.

The PGR School also offers a comprehensive training programme to support your research journey.

Timelines and Milestones

The PGR School training and development programme offers academic, professional, and personal development through a number of training workshops, resources and opportunities, all intended to support the PGR community at the University of Aberdeen.

Find out more here.