Digital Education MA

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Start date
September 2023
Delivery type
Online exclusive
24 months part time
Entry requirements
A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) plus relevant professional experience
Full entry requirements
English language requirements
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any subject
UK fees
£12,000 (total)
International fees
£12,000 (total)

Course overview

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The Masters in Digital Education is a part-time online distance learning programme that will equip you with the skills you need to further your career in the field of digital education.

If you’re a learning technologist, education professional or teacher looking to enhance your knowledge of digital education and broaden your career opportunities then this qualification is for you. This online Masters degree will help you grasp the theories underpinning digital education, learn to use and evaluate the latest learning technologies, and look towards future developments in the field.

Specialist modules such as Digital Education in Practice and Designing Digital Education will help you acquire work-based practical skills, and our excellence in digital education means you will have the opportunity to engage, collaborate and learn in creative ways at a pace that suits you.

You’ll benefit from studying digital education practice whilst being an online learner yourself, and the interactive, collaborative and community-based delivery of this Masters programme will provide opportunities to engage with fellow professionals while harnessing the expertise of our academic staff.

In a field where research can often overstate conclusions from short-term interventions, you will learn to approach research critically and develop skills to carry out research and evaluations in your own professional settings both during and after the programme.

Course options – PGCert, PGDip and Masters

This Masters is part of a suite of postgraduate programmes available in Digital Education at Leeds.

We offer PGCert, PGDip and Masters level options, all by online distance learning, as we know that not everyone can commit the time required for a full masters and it can be a challenge to balance professional development with work and home life.

Take a look at the ‘Related courses’ section at the bottom of this page to check the other course levels and choose the right one for you.

Course details

The modules on this programme provide a strong foundation of knowledge and practical skills in digital education and research methods training. You will learn about different perspectives and current research in the field of digital education. You’ll develop the skills needed to plan, develop, analyse and evaluate digital learning resources and will be able to directly apply your learning in work-based contexts.

There are four taught modules each worth 30 credits and one independent research study module worth 60 credits. Each taught module provides a range of interactive learning content in which you will learn to critically engage with learning theories and educational technologies in the context of digital education practice.

You will have access to cutting-edge research-informed digital education practice and a team of digital education researchers and practitioners with international reputations.

You will also have access to the Pathways to Success online resource as you commence the programme. This will introduce you to online learning, research-based learning, and the University of Leeds.

Course structure

The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our terms and conditions.

For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Digital Education MA in the course catalogue

Year 1 compulsory modules

Module Name Credits
Education in a Digital Society 30
Digital Education in Practice 30

Year 2 compulsory modules

Module Name Credits
Researching Digital Education 30
Designing Digital Education 30
Dissertation in Digital Education 60

Learning and teaching

Teaching methods will include content delivery through online audio, video and text lectures plus online readings and additional resources. In addition, there will be weekly online (synchronous) seminars for group discussion and student support plus weekly asynchronous group activities using a range of digital tools. This interactional approach will not only deepen learning but also provide a sense of community as you will be able to build relationships with fellow students.

On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.


Each module will take a different approach to assessment, enabling you to gain practical experience of presenting information using a range of digital technology tools. For example, you might be asked to present work as a poster, a multi-modal presentation, a website, an audio presentation with quizzes or a video.


Entry requirements

A bachelor degree (hons) with a 2:1 or non-UK equivalent plus evidence of relevant professional experience.

Relevant professional experience could include teaching (at any level), education management, supervision or administration, software development, education publishing, education media, and roles involving the implementation, support or management of educational technologies. Other professional experience may be relevant and each case will be considered on its merits.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any subject. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

This pre-sessional course is designed with a progression route to your degree programme and you’ll learn academic English in the context of your subject area. To find out more, read  Language for Education (6 weeks) and Language for Social Science and Arts: Education (10 weeks).

We also offer online pre-sessionals alongside our on-campus pre-sessionals. You could study a part-time online course starting in January, or a full-time course in summer. Find out more about online pre-sessionals.

You can also study pre-sessionals for longer periods – read about our postgraduate pre-sessional English courses.

How to apply

Application deadlines

International – Thursday 29 June 2023

UK – Friday 18 August 2023

If you intend to apply for funding, you should submit an application for a place on your chosen course at least one month before any specific scholarship deadline.

The ‘Apply’ link at the top of this page takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.

If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Documents and information we will need include:

• Original or certified copies of your transcripts
• Original or certified copies of your degree certificate
• Original or certified copy of your IELTS/TOEFL results (if English is not your first language)

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

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UK: £12,000 (total)

International: £12,000 (total)

Read more about paying fees and charges.

For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.

Additional cost information

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government.  Find out more at Masters funding overview.

The School of Education usually offers a number of scholarships each year. Find out more on the School's scholarships page.

Career opportunities

This programme is designed to aid professional development in the field of digital education, enabling you to apply for promotion or a higher level post within an existing career path or to change career direction, for example, into CPD provision, educational software development or full time-learning technology support.

Research methods training will also be very useful to enhance your own professional practice and that of your institution, and could lead on to a doctorate if desired.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more about Careers support.