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MSc Education (Learning, Technology and Society)

MSc Education (Learning, Technology and Society)

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Sociology Of Education Educational Technology Education Studies

Course type


Course Summary

Programme overview

Sociotechnical changes create a wide range of challenges and opportunities for educators and those who participate in and support learning around the world. Digital technologies (such as microcomputers, digital games, mobile devices, massive online open courses, artificial intelligence, robots, social media, big data, and virtual or tangible technologies) are increasingly becoming embedded in our societies and being used in both educational settings and our everyday learning. The Learning, Technology and Society pathway is designed for those who wish to take a critical perspective on the use of technology in diverse educational settings.

It is suitable for people with a variety of educational backgrounds and experiences, including teachers and lecturers, creative technologists and those who support informal learning settings such as museums and public spaces.

The pathway will provide you with a firm foundation for developing your career in teaching and facilitating learning in formal and informal settings, education leadership, research or learning technology. You will develop an in-depth understanding of sociotechnical change and a critical perspective on if and how digital technologies can support learning in a wide variety of settings. In addition, the pathway will prepare you to undertake further research in this rapidly developing field.

This pathway is taught in an international centre of excellence in teaching, research and educational technology. The tutors on the course are world-class academics with excellent research records in the field of education, technology and society.


We offer academic and personal development opportunities to equip you for the intellectual, social and personal challenges you will encounter during your career.

Our overarching goal is to enable our education graduates to display the following characteristics:

equipped to demonstrate impact, excellence and distinctiveness in your chosen field;
visionary, imaginative, innovative, reflective and creative;
high ideals and values, including a strong sense of social justice;
highly employable throughout the world;
adaptable, with the potential to be a leader in work and in the community.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This unit focuses on how research (educational and non-educational) can inform the design of effective learning technologies and how the design process can inform our understanding of learning. It reviews relevant learning concepts from a range of diverse perspectives and how these may be creatively interrelated in the design of learning approaches that exploit new and emerging sociotechnical developments. This might encompass exploring new challenges such as those arising in cloud computing, mobile platforms, data-driven learning and assessment, creator culture, agile approaches to change and open content and through a fuller understanding of the educational potential of developments such as in the social and semantic web, and in augmented reality and immersive environments. Concepts spanning education and the sciences of mind and brain will be brought together in this unit to enable students to develop insight into learning with and designing new technologies.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

A good UK undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent qualification) and normally some appropriate professional experience, which may include voluntary work or internships, as well as paid employment.