Education and Technology MA

London, Bloomsbury

The Education and Technology MA offers students the opportunity to develop both theoretical and practical approaches to education and technology. The MA is available for both campus and distance learning modes. The MA is based at UCL Knowledge Lab, a ground-breaking research centre that uses the latest evidence to design and implement innovative educational technology and pedagogies that shape the future of education and learning. As such, students are supported by teaching staff who are all active researchers from a range of fields including education, sociology and computer science. Students will develop the skills to design, use and critically appraise education and technology across a wide range of settings (e.g. schools, universities, professional contexts, informal learning environments). Students will learn to adopt a research-based approach to education and technology that equips them for a variety of careers in the education and technology field.

We make the most of digital methods in our teaching, and all students can expect to engage in active synchronous and asynchronous learning experiences. Campus based sessions are designed to maximise discussion, debate and developing practical and collaborative skills. Teaching is delivered through tutor presentations, 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.
Distance learners join in asynchronous learning activities with campus students and have dedicated Zoom sessions for live discussion of concepts and ideas.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2023/24)
£11,800
£5,900
Programme also available on a modular (flexible) basis.
Overseas tuition fees (2023/24)
£29,000
£14,500
Programme also available on a modular (flexible) basis.
Duration
1 calendar year
2 calendar years
5 calendar years
Programme starts
September 2023
Applications accepted
All applicants: 17 Oct 2022 – 31 Mar 2023

Applications open

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.

The English language level for this programme is: Level 2

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

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

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

Equivalent qualifications

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

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

About this degree


This is a multi-disciplinary programme that 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 concepts and evidence from learning sciences 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 such as learning design, design thinking, artificial intelligence and learning analytics, among others.

Who this course is for

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.

What this course will give you

The programme's combination of academic and practical multidisciplinary elements provides a unique skillset for a career in the rapidly developing Education and Technology sector, across academia and industry.

  • 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 optional modules provide the necessary background and skills to design and critically evaluate technology in a variety of contexts.

The teaching and learning strategies of the programme develop students' communication and collaborative skills, preparing them to work in interdisciplinary teams. The final dissertation/report gives them an opportunity to delve deeper in a topic that interests them and helps them develop transferable research project conceptualisation and management skills.

This programme is delivered by leading researchers in rapidly developing fields such as learning design, 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, providing networking opportunities with academics.
  • Several projects within the UCL Knowledge Lab are in collaboration with edtech 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.

The foundation of your career

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 and lecturers, learning technologists and digital education specialists, consultants, education researchers, and to undertake PhD research. Several entrepreneurs have chosen this masters to bring concepts from the learning sciences to create evidence-informed learning technologies. Alumni work both in industry and non-profit sectors and many have set up their own businesses. Students have access to a lively alumni community, and we regularly invite alumni back to share their experiences with current students.

Employability

Our graduates have a combination of critical and practical skills that position them as leaders in education and technology. Graduates are able to appraise and design approaches to education technology from a diverse range of perspectives. Graduates who focus on learning analytics have the skills to research and evaluate learning with technology and the contributions of Artificial Intelligence for learning. Graduates who focus on digital design thinking and making have the skills to design new technological approaches to learning. Graduates who focus on learning design have the skills to lead the design of online and blended learning. Graduates develop their specialism through their dissertation and their research orientation to education and technology differentiates them from the crowd.

Teaching and learning

Most modules are assessed by coursework (essays) but some include individual and group-work projects and practicals, which can take various digital formats (e.g. video reflections, knowledge representations or learning designs).

The Dissertation module is an extended written assignment, and allows students (with prior approval) the option of developing a prototype.

Modules

The programme consists of two compulsory modules (60 credits). Students also choose two optional modules (60 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits). Exceptionally, students may choose three optional modules (90 credits) and a report (30 credits). Students are free to select one of their optional modules from the wider range of MA level modules offered across IOE/UCL subject to availability.

Students take a total of 180 credits over 2 years. In year one, students take Key Issues and Debates and two optional modules (total 90 credits). In the second year, students take Researching Digital Learning and either an optional module and a Report OR a Dissertation. Students are free to select one of their optional modules from the wider range of MA level modules offered across IOE/UCL subject to availability.

Students can take between 2 and 5 years to complete the programme (180 credits) to suit their own pace. It is recommended to take Researching Digital Learning in the same year as your Dissertation or Report. Students are free to select one of their optional modules from the wider range of MA level modules offered across IOE/UCL subject to availability.

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 are subject to change. Modules that are in use for the current academic year are linked for further information. Where no link is present, further information is not yet available.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded an MA in Education and Technology.

Accessibility

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Online - Open day

Graduate Open Events: IOE, UCL's Faculty of Education and Society Virtual Event series

Please note that there are 27 sessions across a range of subject areas. IOE is ranked number one for education for consecutive nine years and the world's leading centre for research and teaching in education, culture, psychology and social science. If you’re interested in enhancing and progressing your career in education and related social sciences, why not join our open events? You’ll get to meet the programme team, ask any questions you have and find out what it’s like studying at UCL.

Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time Part-time
Tuition fees (2023/24) £11,800 £5,900
Tuition fees (2023/24) £29,000 £14,500

Programme also available on a modular (flexible) basis.

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

Additional costs

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.

Students should take into account any travel, accommodation and expenses involved in their Rreport or Ddissertation.

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

Funding your studies

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

IOE Centenary-Windle Trust Scholarship

Value: Full tuition fees and stipend (online study only) (1 year)
Criteria Based on both academic merit and financial need
Eligibility: EU, Overseas

IOE Windle Trust Scholarship

Value: Full tuition fees and stipend (1 year)
Criteria Based on both academic merit and financial need
Eligibility: EU, Overseas

IOE-Clarke Scholarships

Deadline: 2 May 2023
Value: Tuition fees and a stipend of £17,609 (1 year)
Criteria Based on both academic merit and financial need
Eligibility: EU, Overseas

IOE-ISH Centenary Masters Scholarships

Deadline: 2 May 2023
Value: Tuition fees and accommodation at International Students House (1 year)
Criteria Based on both academic merit and financial need
Eligibility: UK, EU, Overseas

Next steps

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 £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at Application fees.

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.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes (or one application for the Law LLM) in any application cycle.

Choose your programme

Please read the Application Guidance before proceeding with your application.

Year of entry: 2023-2024

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