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Learning Technologies (MSc)

Course Description

This Master's degree in learning technologies provides the technical and pedagogical knowledge necessary for designing, developing and evaluating learning technologies from the perspective of state-of-the-art artificial intelligence and computer science techniques, learning theory and teaching practice. It is ideal for those with a background in computing (academic or practitioner) and also for those without a computing background. It develops a sound foundation for entry to a career in learning technologies or to a research degree in the subject.

This Master's programme is targeted towards those with a computing background (academic or practitioner), who wish to move into a career in the development of learning technologies, or to increase their pedagogical and technical knowledge, if they are already working in the learning technologies sector. It will also appeal to those who wish to undertake a 1-year (or 2 years part-time) postgraduate degree with a view to continuing onto an MPhil/PhD based at the joint Birkbeck/UCL London Knowledge Lab.

The programme is also suitable for those without a computing background, who wish to gain knowledge of both the computer science and the learning theory that together underpin the development of learning technologies.

Why study this course at Birkbeck?

Provides academic grounding for the profession of learning technologist.
Taught by senior academics from 2 world-class departments at Birkbeck and the UCL Institute of Education. You will have access to the world-class facilities at both institutions.
Distinctive in its twin focus on computer science and learning theory that together underpin the optimal development of learning technologies.
You will have 24-hour access to several laboratories of networked PCs with a range of language compilers, database and other application software. We are connected, via the SuperJANET network, to the computers of other academic institutions in London, elsewhere in the UK and abroad.

Visit the Learning Technologies (MSc) page on the Birkbeck, University of London website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Joel Armando

4062.jpg Joel says: ‘The programme is flexible and you can take different paths according to your academic history and interests. I am studying several technical modules. The classes are very intense, but at the same time Birkbeck provides a lot of support and you have access to all of the resources that you need.’

‘I've worked with the Argentinian government and with a network of universities in Chile, Bolivia and Spain in different projects, among others the creation of a repository of educational materials that people can access, modify and share. The knowledge and skills that I am gaining at Birkbeck will give me more confidence as I work on this kind of project and also enable me to be involved in the production of new materials, as well as the design.’

When choosing where to study for her Master’s, Joel was impressed by Birkbeck’s reputation in informatics and the quality of research at the College. She says that the Santander Scholarship which she was awarded was really important. ‘Having the Santander Scholarship means that I can focus on my course without having financial worries distracting me. The scholarship will enable me to really make the most of my time at Birkbeck.’

As Joel works at a university herself, she has been impressed with the services that Birkbeck offers to students. She says: ‘London is a big city with lots to do and Birkbeck staff are really supportive and offer you all the help that you need to settle in. If you want to meet different people and partake in different activities they provide you lots of opportunities to do this. I’m learning a lot about the kind of things that a university can offer to students.’

Joel realises that her year at Birkbeck will also offer opportunities to grow professional networks. She says: ‘I am a professional and I wanted to study alongside other professionals, rather than 21 year olds. That was a big attraction to studying at Birkbeck.’

‘London also offers many opportunities to learn about innovation in industry – there are a lot of startup companies working in my field in London, whereas in Argentina most of the work in this area is taking place within universities or government. I’m looking forward to meeting people working at the forefront of my field.’


Postgraduate Support Scheme for final-year undergraduates (full-time) - 20+ Awards

We are pleased to announce that, for October 2015 entry, Birkbeck has a limited number of new £10,000 postgraduate scholarships. These scholarships are for students progressing from a full-time undergraduate degree to a part-time Master’s degree starting in 2015/16.

Value of Scholarship(s)



To be eligible for the scholarship you must be:Starting a 2-year part-time taught Master’s degree in 2015/16
Domiciled in the UK/EU
Progressing from an undergraduate course for which you were charged the higher tuition fee (applicable since 2012–13)
Studying at postgraduate Master’s level for the first time

Application Procedure

If you want to apply for this support, you must follow these steps:Submit an application for your intended course
Submit an application for the Postgraduate Support Scheme

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A second-class honours degree or postgraduate degree in computing, or in another scientific, mathematical or engineering subject, provided that a significant part of the degree included object-oriented programming and the fundamentals of computing; or equivalent professional experience in computing or in the development of learning technologies. Graduates in other subjects are also welcome to apply; such applicants may be required to demonstrate aptitude for programming prior to admission. International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

Course Fees

Part-time home/EU students: £ 3975 pa Full-time home/EU students: £ 7950 pa

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