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  • Study Type

    Distance learning , Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas


  • Start Date

    January, September

  • Course Duration

    MSc: 1 year FT or 2-6 years PT, PgDip: 1-4 years PT, PgCert: 1-2 years PT

  • Course Type

    MSc, PgDip, PgCert

  • Course Fees

    Tuition fees vary between degree programmes. Find the specific fees for your chosen programme on our website.

  • Last Updated

    29 October 2018

Programme description

Learning, teaching and training are profoundly affected by the challenges of the digital age. Whether you are a teacher, lecturer, trainer, librarian, researcher, manager or learning technologist, the Digital Education programme (formerly known as E-learning) will give you the practical teaching skills and critical insight you need in this fast-moving and richly diverse field.

The Digital Education programme is designed as a part-time programme, with the majority of participants studying over a period of 3-4 years.

The programme is distinctive for its innovative design, its breadth of scope, the high level of support provided to students and its basis in the research activity of the team.

Online learning

Delivered fully online, this programme gives you the opportunity to work closely with your fellow students and tutors in a properly supported, collaborative and vibrant online learning environment, studying at the times and in the places that suit you best.

Programme structure

You will complete one compulsory course and a number of option courses, depending on your choice of qualification.

To complete the MSc programme, you will also produce an independently researched dissertation.

Compulsory courses:

  • An Introduction to Digital Environments for Learning (compulsory for all students)
  • Research Methods (compulsory for those studying for the MSc)

Option courses may include:

  • Digital Futures for Learning
  • Education and Digital Culture
  • Digital Education: Strategy & Policy
  • Digital Education in Global Context
  • Course Design for Digital Environments
  • Introduction to Digital Game-Based Learning
  • Assessment, Learning and Digital Education
  • Understanding Learning in the Online Environment
  • Learning Analytics: Process and Theory
  • Wider Themes in Digital Education

Career opportunities

The skills and knowledge this programme provides will enable you to expand your existing career into the fast-moving and richly diverse field of digital education.

The research skills you gain in the MSc programme will equip you for further study and possibly an academic career if you choose.

You will also graduate with a toolkit of transferable skills, such as communication and project management, that can be applied to any career.

Visit the Digital Education (Online Learning) (MSc/PGCert,/PGDip) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!




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