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Education and Technology MA

The Education and Technology MA is based at UCL’s Knowledge Lab, a ground-breaking research centre that uses the latest evidence to design and implement innovative educational technology and pedagogies. Supported by scientists from a wide range of fields including education, sociology and computer science, you will develop the methodological skills to design, use and critically appraise ‘EdTech’ across a wide range of settings.

Covid-19 programme updates

Due to COVID-19, there may have been updates to this programme for the 2020 academic year. Where there has been an update, these are indicated with a red alert and a link which will provide further information.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2020

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year
Part time: 2 years
Flexible: up to 5 years
Distance learning: available

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 1 November 2019
Close: 11 August 2020
Notification
Due to the large number of applications received, this programme is no longer accepting applications for 2020/21 entry. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Applications for 2021/22 entry will open later in the year.

Tuition fees (2020/21)

UK/EU:
£8,940 (FT)
£4,605 (PT)
Overseas:
£20,110 (FT)
£10,240 (PT)


Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website. Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.

Fee deposit: All full time students are required to pay a fee deposit of £1,000 for this programme. All part-time students are required to pay a fee deposit of £500.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a minimum of a second-class UK Bachelor's degree or overseas qualification of an equivalent standard in a relevant subject (related to education and/or technology), and relevant experience in teaching, education and/or a technology related field. Applicants who do not meet these criteria may sometimes be considered on the basis of an excellent personal statement.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

Visa information

This programme is suitable for international students on a Tier 4 visa - study must be full-time, face-to-face, starting October.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

Select your country:

About this degree

This multi-disciplinary programme brings together students from a wide range of fields to explore the ways in which educational theory can be applied to the design, development, implementation and research of learning technologies. As such educators learn to incorporate new technologies into their practice, developers bring an understanding of the learning process into the design and evaluation of technologies, and aspiring researchers build the skills for an academic career in this fast-moving field. Optional modules include topic areas as learning design, design thinking, artificial intelligence and learning analytics, among others.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of two compulsory modules (60 credits), and either two elective modules (60 credits) and a dissertation (60 dissertation), or three elective modules (90 credits) and a report (30 credits).

Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MA in Education and Technology.

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Compulsory modules

You must select all compulsory modules. They are available to campus-based students, and distance learners and mixed-mode students.

Education and Technology: Key Issues and Debates
Researching Digital Learning

Elective modules

Students choose two optional modules from across the UCL Institute of Education Master's-level offering, subject to availability.

The following are examples from the recommended UCL Knowledge Lab MA optional modules. 'Digital Technologies for Mathematical Learning' is from the Mathematics Education MA and may be of particular interest to STEM teachers, EdTech consultants or other educators.

Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics in Education
Design and Use of Technologies for Education
Digital Design Thinking and Making
Digital Sociology of Education
Digital Technologies for Mathematical Learning
Learning Design for Blended and Online Education
Covid-19 module updates
Due to COVID-19, there may be updates to the modules for your chosen programme of study this year. Some modules may not be available or may need to be moved to a later term or year of study.  We have included these updates below:   Report on Education and Technology (CCME0042) and Dissertation on Education and Technology (CCME0043) are now compulsory modules. Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics in Education (CCME0123) will run in Term 2. Digital Design Thinking and Making (CCME0039) is suspended. These updates are relevant for 2020-21 academic year only.  The full list of modules will be available in the module catalogue from late August.  From the first week of September, you will be invited to complete module selection from Portico, our student record system. There may need to be additional updates or changes to modules during the academic year to allow for new guidance from the UK Government and Public Health England. Your department shall keep you updated of these changes as they become available.  

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent project culminating either in a dissertation of 20,000 words (or 10,000 words plus functional interactive educational technology prototype or similar equivalent artefact) or a report of 10,000 words, supervised either on campus or online.

Teaching and learning

Teaching is delivered through lectures and podcasts (for the distance learning students), individual and group work, student presentations and group discussions of reading and writing undertaken in preparation for sessions, both online and face-to-face. Some modules require regular weekly student collaboration in and outside the classroom, and it is thus expected that students who sign up for these can sustain the pace of this work.

Most modules are assessed by written assignments (essays) but some include group-work projects and practicals.

Covid-19 contact hours on campus
In Term One, while campus will be open, all the learning activity for the core content of your modules will take place online – including lectures, tutorials, seminars and assessments. By “core content” we mean everything you need to learn to complete the module successfully. In addition to these online contact hours, we will be offering some face-to-face educational activities for students on campus, and we will provide alternative online activities for those students unable to join us on campus. These activities, which will include contact with academic staff, will be relevant to your programme of study may include seminars, academic and employability skills workshops, small-group or individual tutorials, lab and practice-based teaching. UK Government safety guidelines will limit the amount of ‘in person’ activity we can offer and while it will vary from programme to programme, is likely to be no more than 1-2 hours per week. This will vary across departments, particularly if your programme includes laboratory/practical/studio/workshop sessions. You will be updated with more specific details as they are available and your timetable will indicate which sessions will be on campus and which will be available online.
Covid-19 assessment updates
There may be changes to the format of assessments for modules in this programme due to COVID-19. These will be summarised for each module on the module catalogue from 17 August 2020.   If any changes to assessments need to be made during the academic year due to updates in government guidance, these will be communicated to you as soon as possible from your department.    
Communicating further Covid-19 mitigation plans
We are continuing to follow UK Government guidance, as well as the expertise of our researchers, including specialists in health, education, human behaviour and infection prevention, to make sure UCL is as safe as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. If it becomes necessary to make further changes to your programme as a result of new guidance/regulations, UCL and your department will communicate these as soon as this becomes clear. We will keep you up-to-date with our plans throughout term one, so you have the information you need to be able to take decisions that are right for your circumstances. Please ensure that you keep in touch with your department by regularly checking your UCL emails, Moodle courses, the Coronavirus FAQs for Students page and any UCL online groups or social media you follow.

Additional costs

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Accessibility

Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.

Funding

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.

IOE-Clarke Scholarships

Note:
Deadline Monday 25 May 2020 (5pm London time).
Value:
Tuition fees, stipend, flights (1 year)
Eligibility:
Overseas
Criteria:
Based on both academic merit and financial need

IOE-ISH Centenary Masters Scholarships

Note:
Deadline: Monday 18 May 2020 (5pm London time).
Value:
Full tuition fees and accommodation (1 year)
Eligibility:
Overseas
Criteria:
Based on both academic merit and financial need

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Careers

Recent graduates of this programme have gone on to work as a head of ICT at an international school in Uganda, an education consultant for a multi-academy trust in the UK, an ICT trainer at a university in Nigeria, a lecturer and instructional designer at a university in Taiwan, and PhD students or research assistants at the UCL Institute of Education. Other graduates are working as educators, university learning technologists, government education researchers, designers or developers of educational technology, consultants, PR and marketing managers in the EdTech sector.

Employability

The Education and Technology MA is highly regarded within education and industry. Graduates from our programme have gone on to develop their careers in the education sector as senior teachers, learning technologists, education researchers, and to undertake PhD research.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The programme's combination of academic and applied multidisciplinary elements provides a unique skill set to either continue in research, or seek a career in the vibrant and rapidly growing EdTech sector. The blending of research and design methods with key issues and debates in the field will equip you with critical thinking skills and the ability to appraise and/or lead evaluation studies. The various optional modules provide the necessary background and specific skills to design, use and critically evaluate technology in a variety of contexts. The teaching and learning strategies of the programme prepare you with oral and written communication, as well as collaborative skills. The final dissertation/report gives you an opportunity to delve deeper in a topic that interests you and helps you develop transferable research project conceptualisation and management skills.

This programme is delivered by leading researchers in rapidly developing fields such as technology-enhanced learning, digital sociology, human- and child-computer interaction, artificial intelligence and learning analytics. It offers a number of opportunities for networking across different sectors in educational contexts, for example:

  • The UCL Knowledge Lab runs regular seminars and talks from external academic visitors, which students are encouraged to attend, and are broadcast on Moodle for distance learners, providing networking opportunities with academics.
  • Several projects within the UCL Knowledge Lab are in collaboration with tech companies, providing potential opportunities to link with industry.
  • The programme attracts students from across the world providing international networking links across different educational sectors.

The MA attracts students from a wide variety of backgrounds and nationalities, providing scope for broad intellectual discussion and debate, and opportunities for multidisciplinary working, and global networking.

Department: Culture, Communication & Media

What our students and staff say

Staff view

"The UCL Knowledge Lab (previously known as London Knowledge Lab) provides an excellent environment within which to conduct my research and teaching, with its focus on digital technologies and learning. It fosters an interdisciplinary, collaborative approach, which is critical for my research. My research focuses on emergent digital technologies (sensor, mobile, tangible), critically examining the opportunities and potential they bring for fostering new forms of interaction, ways of learning and the impact this may have on cognition. I enjoy research and being in London has had fostered the development of networks and establishing collaborations - locally, nationally and internationally."

Professor Sara Price

Education and Technology MA
UCL Institute of Education

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Application and next steps

Applications

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £80 for online applications and £105 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.

Who can apply?

This programme attracts a wide range of teachers and lecturers, software developers and technicians, NGO workers, education managers and administrators, local authority advisors, information resource managers and entrepreneurs. It is suited to those seeking continuing professional development, as well as those aiming for a research degree and academic career.

Application deadlines

All applicants
11 August 2020

For more information see our Applications page.

Apply now

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Education and Technology at graduate level
  • why you want to study Education and Technology at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

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