Year of entry 2023
- Start date
- September 2023
- Delivery type
- Online exclusive
- 24 months part time
- Entry requirements
- A bachelor degree plus relevant professional experience
Full entry requirements
- English language requirements
- IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0
- UK fees
- £8,000 (total)
- International fees
- £8,000 (total)
The PGDip in Digital Education is a part-time online distance learning course designed for education professionals (for example teachers or learning technologists) wishing to further their expertise or change the direction of their career.
The programme will introduce you to knowledge, skills, and perspectives on current research in digital education. You will have opportunities to apply and reflect on this new knowledge in relation to both your own learning and to your professional contexts.
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 projects and evaluations in your own professional settings.
You will also understand theories of learning underpinning effective use of digital tools; have skills to use and evaluate technologies that are currently available, and be able to look towards future developments in the field.
Course options – PGCert, PGDip and Masters
This PGDip 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.
The dialogic online distance learning delivery of the programme, with both material from tutors and regular student discussions, will provide a balance of opportunities to receive expertise from academic staff and also to learn from each other.
On completion of the programme you will have developed skills and knowledge which allow you to:
- demonstrate a critical understanding of theories and perspectives relevant to digital education
- take a proactive and self-reflective role in working and to develop professional relationships with others
- proactively formulate ideas and hypotheses and to evaluate these
- evaluate critically current issues and research in digital education.
The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our terms and conditions.
Year 1 compulsory modules
|Education in a Digital Society||30|
|Digital Education in Practice||30|
Year 2 compulsory modules
|Researching Digital Education||30|
|Designing Digital Education||30|
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.
Normally, a first degree 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. 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
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.
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.
This course is taught by
UK: £8,000 (total)
International: £8,000 (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.
This programme is designed to aid professional development in the field of digital education, enabling you to further your expertise 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.
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.