UCL Graduate degrees


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 that shape the future of education and learning. Supported by scientists from a wide range of fields including education, sociology and computer science, you will develop the skills to design, use and critically appraise ‘EdTech’ across a wide range of settings.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2021

Modes and duration

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

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 9 November 2020
Close: 31 May 2021
Applications may close earlier if all places on the programme are filled.

Tuition fees (2021/22)

£10,500 (FT)
£5,250 (PT)
£23,300 (FT)
£11,650 (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: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees. 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

Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English

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.

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 Student 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.

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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.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

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

Students must select all of the compulsory modules. These 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
  • Learning Design for Blended and Online Education
  • Digital Technologies for Mathematical Learning

Visit the UCL Institute of Education website for more information, including module descriptions, which can be seen by clicking on the module title.


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.

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.


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


Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.

Digital Media Programme Bursary

£5,000 (One year)
Based on financial need

IOE Windle Trust Scholarship

Deadline: 31 December 2020
Full tuition fees and some allowances (Up to 3yrs)
Based on both academic merit and financial need

IOE Centenary Masters Scholarships

Full tuition fees and accommodation (1 year)
Based on both academic merit and financial need

IOE-Clarke Scholarships

Tuition fees, stipend, flights (1 year)
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.


Recent graduates of this programme have gone on to work as heads of ICT at UK and international schools, education consultants e.g. for a UK multi-academy trust, 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 established entrepreneurs or working as educators, university learning technologists, government education researchers, designers or developers of educational technology, consultants, and PR and marketing managers in the EdTech sector.


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.

Why study this degree at UCL?

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.

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


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.

This programme requires two references. Further information regarding references can be found in our How to apply section.

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: 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
31 May 2021

For more information see our Applications page.

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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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