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    Distance learning , Full time & Part time available

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

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  • Last Updated

    04 January 2018

Course content

The Education and Technology MA teaches students the practical and research skills to design, use and evaluate 'edtech' interventions. They will develop methodological skills to ensure that processes and products respond to the needs of educators and add value to learning and teaching. Students learn how to embed technology within educational practice, explore key issues and debates in this field, and critically appraise educational theory.

About this degree

This programme develops students' theoretical insights and practical skills in technology in education. Students learn how to apply the latest educational theory to their everyday professional practice. The research skills developed allow progression on to doctoral research and/or a strong background for a career in design and evaluation work in the edtech sector.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

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

Core modules

  • Education and Technology: Key Issues and Debates (online/mixed)
  • Researching Digital Learning (online/mixed)

Elective modules

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

The following are examples from the recommended UCL Knowledge Lab MA optional modules:

  • Design and Use of Technologies for Education
  • Technology and Education Beyond the Classroom
  • Digital Design Thinking and Making

Previous students have chosen optional modules from Psychology, Mathematics or Science Education, Higher and Professional Education and other programmes.

MA Mathematics Education Programme


All students undertake an independent project culminating either in a dissertation of 20,000 words or a report of 10,000 words, supervised either on campus or online.

Teaching and learning

Teaching is delivered through individual and group working; lectures and podcasts, student presentations and group discussion of reading and writing undertaken in preparation for sessions, both online and face-to-face; collaborative activities in face-to-face and online contexts. All modules are assessed by written assignments.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Education and Technology MA


Graduates of this programme are currently working as educators, university learning technologists, government education researchers, designers or developers of educational technology, consultants, PR and marketing managers. Some graduates continue their studies as PhD students.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • International School Teacher (Head of ICT), Rainbow International School Uganda
  • Research Officer, Institute of Education
  • Education Consultant, CfBT
  • ICT Trainer, Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education and studying MOODLE DESIGN, Unspecified Institution
  • Lecturer / Instructional Designer, National University of Kaohsiung and studying MA Education and Technology, Institute of Education, University of London (IOE)


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.

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

This programme is run by UCL's Knowledge Lab (UCLKL) where researchers explore the future of learning with digital technologies in a wide range of educational settings. This brings together scientists from a range of fields including education, sociology, and semiotics who explore design, development and evaluation across a broad range of digital media. The research is interdisciplinary in nature, with collaborations involving, for example, computer scientists, designers, and subject specialist educators. 

This programme offers a number of opportunities for networking across different sectors in educational contexts:

  • 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 Knowlege 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.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Culture, Communication & Media

78% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.

Visit the Education and Technology (MA) page on the University College London website for more details!





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