Education and Technology MA

London, Bloomsbury

The Education and Technology 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. Supported by tutors who are all active researchers from a wide range of fields including education, sociology and computer science, you will develop the skills to design, use and critically appraise education and technology across a wide range of settings. Available for campus based and distance learning pathways.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
£10,800
£5,400
Programme fees on a modular (flexible) basis.
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
£26,600
£13,300
Programme fees on a modular (flexible) basis.
Duration
1 calendar year
2 calendar years
5 calendar years
Programme starts
September 2022
Applications accepted
All applicants: 18 Oct 2021 – 31 Mar 2022

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.

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

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.

Visa information for non-UK students

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 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 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 applied multidisciplinary elements provides a unique skill set either to continue in research, or to 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 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 prepare you with oral and written communication, as well as collaborative skills to work in interdisciplinary teams. 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.

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, learning technologists, 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.

Employability

Recent graduates of this programme have become successful EdTech entrepreneurs, teachers and lecturers, heads of digital learning at schools and higher education, learning technologists, government education researchers, designers or developers of educational technology, consultants, and PR and marketing managers in the EdTech sector.

Teaching and learning

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.

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

Modules

Full-time

The programme consists of two compulsory modules (60 credits). Students also opt for: either two optional modules (60 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits); or three optional modules (90 credits) and a report (30 credits).

Part-time

Students take a total of 180 credits over 2 years. In year one, students take Key Issues and Debates and one or two optional modules. In the second year, students take Researching Digital Learning and/or optional modules along with a Report or Dissertation.

Flexible

Students can take between 1 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.

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.

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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Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time Part-time
Tuition fees (2022/23) £10,800 £5,400
Tuition fees (2022/23) £26,600 £13,300

Programme fees 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 report or dissertation.

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.

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.

Digital Media Programme Bursary

Applications will open: early January
Value: £5,000 (One year)
Criteria Based on financial need
Eligibility: UK

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 in any application cycle.

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. The programme may remain open if places are still available after 31 March 2022 and will be closed as soon as it is full or by 30 June 2022.

UCL is regulated by the Office for Students.

This page was last updated 28 Sep 2021