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Course overview

Our Digital Teaching and Learning MA will deepen your understanding of learning in the digital age and explore how digital technology can transform the teaching and learning experience.

You will consider current ideas about learning through the exploration of theories from both cognitive and socio-cultural perspectives. You'll also discover how new digital learning technologies can be implemented in a variety of educational settings.

This course is informed by the work of the Learning Sciences Research Institute and draws on expertise from psychology, computer science and education. It provides a unique perspective on the theories that underpin successful learning, teaching and innovation within the fast-moving digital world.

We ensure you remain up to date with the latest innovations. For example, there may be the opportunity to participate in the largest educational technology trade show in Europe.

The course is also available as an online course.

Why choose this course?

Only UK course

certified by the NAPLeS from the International Society of the Learning Sciences

Top 50

in the world for education

Learn from experts

who are internationally recognised for their research in this area

200 years

of experience in the field of education

3rd in the UK

with 84% of research considered world-leading or internationally excellent

Course content

This course enables you to increase your knowledge and experience of digital technologies as resources for learning. You will explore the underpinning theories of learning, particularly as they inform the design and application of successful educational technologies and develop knowledge of wider social debates that impact on technology enhanced learning. 

This course is not just about books, you will have access to experts, laboratories, and digital technology itself and evaluate the use of such technologies in educational contexts. Technology you will engage with includes: tablets, smartboards, mobile learning tools, virtual learning environments, serious games, simulations, massive open online courses, computer-supported collaborative learning, and immersive/augmented reality environments. 

The taught element of the course is made up of 120 credits, plus a 60-credit dissertation. It can be completed over one year full-time, or two years part-time, plus an eight-month dissertation. There are PGDip and PGCert exit points.



Core modules

Learning Theories for a Digital Age

This module looks at how people learn and how learning is supported in a digital age. It explores current and historical theories of learning and how they inform the design of learning technologies. It will help you understand the potential of digital technology for learning in a variety of contexts (such as schools, colleges, workplaces, museums, both face-to-face and online) and help you develop an ability to critically reflect on examples of learning technologies in current use.

Digital Teaching and Learning Research Methods

This module focuses on developing an understanding of the tools, methods, and cultural characteristics of conducting research on learning. It will help you how to design research to understand and evaluate current and future examples of digital teaching and learning. It covers a variety of data collections techniques (such as experiments, surveys, interviews and observations) as well as quantitative and qualitative data analysis.

Social Contexts of Learning

This module focuses on how people learn together in pairs, teams, small groups, the classroom, or an informal community. It works through classical and modern theories of social learning, explaining the social aspects of almost any type of learning and mechanisms that boost the power of learning together.

Equipped with these theories, it explores the various technologies mediating and supporting social learning, such as social media, participation in the World Wide Web, online communities, online communication platforms and virtual reality.

The Future of Digital Education

This module looks at how digital technologies are changing how we teach and learn. It explores learning tools such as mobile phones, virtual learning environments, serious games, robotics, and immersive/augmented reality environments.

It will help you understand how to choose appropriate digital tools, how to support students to learn with them both face-to-face and online, and what the future of teaching and learning might look like.


This involves the researching and writing of a substantive piece of scholarship within the field of the course.

You will choose a topic in consultation with your course leader and an appropriate supervisor. The topic will normally be based on interests and skills you have developed in the course of the modules already studied.

The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Modules (including methods of assessment) may change or be updated, or modules may be cancelled, over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. Please refer to the module catalogue for information on available modules. This content was last updated on Monday 07 December 2020.

You can view an example PDF timetable, however this is subject to change year on year and your live timetable will be available via the online timetable system.

Learning and assessment

How you will learn

  • Seminars
  • Lectures
  • Group study

New technologies are the method as well as the focus of the teaching; as such face-to-face classes are supported by a range of online materials. These include video lectures, online platforms for social exchange and discussion, curated reading portfolios, etc.

How you will be assessed

  • Dissertation
  • Portfolio (written/digital)

Each 30-credit module is assessed by a portfolio of work equivalent to 6,000 words. You must achieve a pass of at least 50% on each assignment to complete the masters.

Contact time and study hours

Full-time students will need to commit to two afternoons a week (currently Monday and Thursday) to attend taught modules. This is one afternoon a week for part-time students, but you can participate digitally in many of the wider activities. You are expected to pursue directed private study at other times.

Each module requires an equivalent of 30 hours of teaching, plus 270 hours of independent study, assignment preparation and tutorial support.

Course leader and module convenors offer weekly office hours during the semester in dedicated time-slots or upon your request. You are entitled to meet your tutors for tutorials in each module. You are also entitled to three hours of personal tutorials with your dissertation supervisor.

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2021 entry.

Undergraduate degree2:2 (or international equivalent)
Work experienceAn interest in how you can use digital technologies to transform teaching and learning is important. Otherwise, some previous experience of teaching can also be helpful (this could be at any level, country or sector and could be paid or voluntary). Other examples of useful experience or interest include education management, or administration, software development, education publishing or technologies.


Start dates

Start date Application deadline
20 September 2021 23 August 2021 (International)
6 September (Home/EU)

Our step-by-step guide covers everything you need to know about applying.

How to apply


Qualification MA
Home / UK £8,500
International £22,000

If you are a student from the EU, EEA or Switzerland starting your course in the 2021/22 academic year, you will pay international tuition fees.

This does not apply to Irish students, who will be charged tuition fees at the same rate as UK students. UK nationals living in the EU, EEA and Switzerland will also continue to be eligible for ‘home’ fee status at UK universities until 31 December 2027.

For further guidance, check our Brexit information for future students.

Additional costs

As a student on this course, you should factor some additional costs into your budget, alongside your tuition fees and living expenses.

You should be able to access all of the readings you’ll need through our libraries (especially e-libraries), though you may wish to purchase your own copies of a research method textbook (we estimate this to be less than £75).

You will benefit from having access to your own computer and possibly a smart phone. The school covers the cost of a DBS check if required and the field trip to BETT.


There are many ways to fund your postgraduate course, from scholarships to government loans.

We also offer a range of international masters scholarships for high-achieving international scholars who can put their Nottingham degree to great use in their careers.

Check our guide to find out more about funding your postgraduate degree.

Postgraduate funding


We offer individual careers support for all postgraduate students.

Expert staff can help you research career options and job vacancies, build your CV or résumé, develop your interview skills and meet employers.

More than 1,500 employers advertise graduate jobs and internships through our online vacancy service. We host regular careers fairs, including specialist fairs for different sectors.

Graduate destinations

This course provides a solid grounding for a career in education, training, educational technology or further research. Recent graduates have gone on to have a variety of roles, such as counsellors, education advisers, language tutors, primary/secondary teachers and vocational/industrial trainers and instructors. 

Many of our graduates are already in employment while undertaking part-time study for professional development in their chosen career.

Career progression

94.3% of postgraduates from the School of Education secured graduate level employment or further study within 15 months of graduation. The average annual salary for these graduates was £28,280.*

* HESA Graduate Outcomes 2020, using methodology set by The Guardian. The average annual salary is based on graduates working full-time within the UK.

Two masters graduates proudly holding their certificates
" The interdisciplinary field of digital teaching and learning is exciting and rewarding. We combine the latest theories and developments in education, psychology and computer science with the latest technological advancements to design digitally based teaching activities. We’re shaping the future of learning. As a course leader, it is very rewarding to accompany our students through this trailblazing journey and discuss the creative and innovative uses of digital technology in the classroom. "
Dr Freydis Vogel, Course Leader

Related courses

The University has been awarded Gold for outstanding teaching and learning (2017/18). Our teaching is of the highest quality found in the UK.

The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) is a national grading system, introduced by the government in England. It assesses the quality of teaching at universities and how well they ensure excellent outcomes for their students in terms of graduate-level employment or further study.

This content was last updated on Monday 07 December 2020. Every effort has been made to ensure that this information is accurate, but changes are likely to occur given the interval between the date of publishing and course start date. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply.