University of Nottingham
This masters degree is a blended learning programme, taught in partnership between the University of Nottingham and Piraeus University of Applied Sciences (PUAS) in Athens, Greece.
"Blended" means that you experience a mix of online learning and occasional classroom-based workshops, so you can study part-time and move at your own pace. It is designed for students in Greece who have a particular interest in understanding the role of new technologies in supporting teaching and learning, in order to apply this to their own educational practice.
The Nottingham contribution is supported by researchers at the Learning Sciences Research Institute (LSRI), which is a collaboration between the Schools of Psychology, Education and Computer Science.
This course provides a scholarly overview of central issues relating to the practices and management of learning. It will have a focus on learning in schools, non-school learning environments, training and personal development and it will dwell upon the development of innovative educational methods with new technology.
The course offers the following opportunities:
- Gain a postgraduate qualification in education from prestigious universities
- Become an international student reading and writing in the English language
- Learn from leading researchers in the field of educational studies
- Be a registered student in two university institutions
- Have access to a vast online library of books and periodicals
- Be a member of a cohort of like-minded students and enjoy regular communication
- Experience studying online but with periodic working in traditional classrooms
The course will focus on the issues of innovation and implementation that arise around the adoption of educational technology. It will explore how the management of such practical issues illuminates more general principles of educational practice, management and evaluation. Consideration of these issues will require students to address topics central to the psychology of teaching and learning, as well as societal and institutional dimensions of educational practice.
- Introduction to the Learning Sciences
- Leading Learning
- Dissertation Education
- Research Methodology 1 and 2
- Learning Difficulties and Disabilities Communication and Literacy
- Technology, Media and Society
- Educational Research Data Collecting, Generating and Producing
How is the course taught?
Students will study a mixture of online modules from the University of Nottingham, and on-campus modules at the Piraeus University. They will therefore learn through a variety of methods, including:
- Direct teaching/tutorial work with individuals
- Individual critical evaluation of relevant literature
- Group analysis, evaluation and critical discussion of relevant literature
- Group analysis, evaluation and critical discussion of relevant practice (video material)
- Electronic conferencing and tutoring
- Reflective diaries and associated dialogue personal reflection
How is it assessed?
Students will be assessed by examinations, coursework and a dissertation.
- be graduates of an approved university or other institution of higher education with at least the equivalent of a UK second-class honours degree (we will advise), or be holders of an approved professional qualification deemed equivalent to a second-class honours degree
In addition, a candidate must either:
- have the subject of education or a social science as a significant element of study within their first degree OR
- have some form of relevant professional experience in an educational setting
Because the programme is entirely taught in English, candidates are required to have the following English language qualifications before they can register:
- IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
- TOEFL paper-based 573 (no less than 4.5 in TWE)
- TOEFL computer-based 230 (no less than 4.5 in essay rating)
- TOEFL iBT 88 (no less than 19 in any element)
You can also view a list of other tests whose results may be treated as equivalents. Find out more about taking an IELTS test.
On successful completion of the degree, students will have gained a range of essential skills and specialist knowledge, which will enhance their career opportunities in the field of education. These include:
- A critical awareness of information and communications technology (ICT), in the context of national policies for education
- An understanding of the history of ICT innovation in the UK and other countries
- Knowledge of theories of the information society from social, economic and cultural perspectives
- Critical thinking
- The skills of analysis and synthesis
- The ability to identify assumptions and evaluate evidence
- Proficiency in developing a sustained and substantial academic thesis that links research findings, empirical enquiry and balanced argument