The MSc programme consists of three core courses and a range of options. You can choose to complete the whole MSc or exit with a Postgraduate Certificate (two courses) or Postgraduate Diploma (five courses). View the timetable for course delivery here.

Please note that the option courses outlined below are an indication only. Option courses are reviewed regularly and options are updated each year to reflect the research expertise of the current teaching team.

Core courses

Screen displaying #mscde

An introduction to digital environments for learning

Build a strong foundation for your studies and become familiar with the programme team and our teaching methods.
Magnifying lens over a computer screen


Design and complete a programme of independent research in an area which is relevant to your own professional and academic interests, supported by your personal supervisor.
Camera on a notepad

Research methods

Develop your knowledge and understanding of approaches to research in digital education, and plan your dissertation research project.

Option Courses

Tape measure against a computer screen

Assessment, learning and digital education

Explore the purposes and guiding principles of assessment, examining present practice and its digital futures.

Course design for digital environments

Explore how to approach online course design in a designerly, well-theorised and critical way.
Tablet on a desk in a classroom

Digital education in global context

Examine the sociological and political aspects of online education, and its potential for helping learners negotiate the shifting landscape of the digital.
Red tile with a line pattern

Digital education: strategy and policy

Look in-depth at the policy context of digital education and apply your knowledge to your own organisation.
Circuit switches in a grid

Digital futures for learning

Understand the trajectory of our digital education future and build your own vision of how this might be shaped.
Sticker on a mobile phone held by fingers

Education and digital culture

Understand the emergence of digital culture, looking at how it interfaces with learning cultures, popular culture, and ideas of virtual community.

Information Literacies in Digital Education

Critically engage with the current challenges of the digital information landscape.
Computer game screenshot of a few characters interacting

Introduction to digital game-based learning

Learn how to apply digital games, narrative and role play in educational settings.
Ancient mural showing people thinking

Understanding learning in the online environment

Build your knowledge of the various theories that help us understand how people learn, form personal understandings and construct knowledge.
headphones on top of a tower block photo

Wider themes in digital education

Create a dynamic portfolio by defining your own learning activities through our innovative ‘wider themes’ approach. This course will be reviewed in 2019 and is not currently open for enrollments.