Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Education

MA Technology, Education and Learning (distance learning)

This part-time online programme allows you to learn more about digital technologies and education, and how technology can support learning in different settings – all while balancing your studies with your work and personal life.

Aimed at people currently using digital technology in education, the programme focuses on theoretical, professional and practical applications of digital technology. You’ll have the chance to explore microworlds and constructivism, collaborative learning, tutoring systems and more. You’ll also analyse research and development in the field of technology-enhanced learning.

While you study, you’ll gain practical experience of e-learning through using our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), where you’ll meet and discuss your research with people working around the world.

More information

Please be aware that this is not an IT skills training course. We will expect you to have basic IT skills such as word processing, email and using the internet before you start the programme.

This programme is also available to study as a full-time, Leeds-based programme over 12 months.

From the beginning of the programme you’ll take core modules that lay the foundations of your studies. In your first year you’ll consider the relationships between learning theories and digital technologies and how software applications can be used for modelling, role play, tutoring systems and other purposes. You’ll expand on this in Year Two as you think about key issues and debates in digital learning and digital technology as a whole, both in the classroom and in society as a whole.

You’ll also develop specialist knowledge when you select from optional modules in each year – you could focus on digital learning environments, language learning through technology and more. If you’re able to attend classes in Leeds, you could even choose one optional module from across the School of Education on topics from educational research to developmental disorders.

Throughout your final year, you’ll also work on your critical study – a major piece of independent research which allows you to demonstrate the knowledge and skills you’ve gained. You’ll work closely with your academic supervisor, who will guide you through your research.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • Learning with Digital Technologies 30 credits

Optional modules

  • Technology Enhanced Language Learning 30 credits
  • Design and Evaluation of Digital Learning Environments 30 credits
  • Design and Evaluation of Digital Learning Environments (examination) 30 credits
  • Technology Enhanced Language Learning (examination) 30 credits
  • Digital Learning in Practice 30 credits
  • On-screen, off-screen: children's creativity and cultures 30 credits

Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • Technology, Education and Society 30 credits
  • Dissertation 60 credits

Optional modules

  • Directed Study in Education 1 30 credits
  • Getting Started: Research Questions and Approaches in Education 15 credits
  • Philosophical underpinning of educational research 15 credits
  • Technology Enhanced Language Learning 30 credits
  • Design and Evaluation of Digital Learning Environments 30 credits
  • Design and Evaluation of Digital Learning Environments (examination) 30 credits
  • Technology Enhanced Language Learning (examination) 30 credits
  • Digital Learning in Practice 30 credits
  • Developmental Disorders II: Attention Deficit Disorder and Autistic Spectrum Disorder 30 credits
  • Developmental Disorders in the Early Years 30 credits
  • On-screen, off-screen: children's creativity and cultures 30 credits
  • Learning and Teaching Vocabulary 15 credits
  • Grammar, Learning and Teaching 15 credits
  • Learning and Language in Primary Classrooms 30 credits
  • Teacher Education for TESOL 15 credits
  • The TESOL curriculum and TESOL change 15 credits
  • Assessing Language Learning 15 credits
  • Materials Development for TESOL 15 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Technology, Education and Learning MA in programme catalogue

Learning and teaching

To give you hands-on experience of online learning, the programme is taught online. You’ll be provided with online ‘lectures’ in written and audio formats with additional reading material and activities, and you’ll discuss your reading with other students in our forum. You’ll also have online seminars with a choice of times to accommodate people living in different time zones and with varying work schedules.


You’ll be assessed using a range of methods to help you develop different skills. These will include your contribution to online discussions as well as essays, projects and project reports, presentations and reflective logs to allow you to evaluate your own learning and practice.

Some modules can be assessed by exam if you would prefer. You can either come to Leeds to sit them here, or pay a separate fee to the British Council to sit the exam in a local British Council Office.

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) and, at least, two years of relevant postgraduate professional experience.

You'll also need to have basic ICT skills - including email, word processing and the internet - and be able to use computers routinely in your academic work. You should be able to demonstrate independent facility in using ICT with appropriate technical support.

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information contact the School of Education Taught Postgraduate Admissions Team.

English language requirements

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

Improve your English

If English is not your first language, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course before you begin your studies. This can help if you:

  • don't meet the English language requirements for your course or
  • want to improve your understanding of academic language and practices in your area of study.

Our pre-sessional courses are designed with a progression route to the degree programme and are tailored to the subject area. For information and entry requirements, read Language for Education (6 weeks) and Language for Social Science and Arts: Education (10 weeks).

How to apply

Application deadlines
We usually advise that you apply before the end of July where possible to allow plenty of time for the application process. If you’re applying for any funding, you should also think about submitting your application at least a month before the deadline.


This link 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 you'll need

  • A personal statement.
  • A copy of your degree certificate and transcript of your results, or a partial one if you’re still studying.
  • Evidence of your English language qualifications if English is not your first language.
  • Two references.
  • A personal statement of 1500-2000 words, explaining your aims in applying for the course and how it will benefit you in your professional context. This can also help us to identify your needs in academic reading and writing, and gauge your ICT skills.

During the application process, you'll be engaged in online interactions using email and webcams where appropriate to ensure you're a reliable and regular user.

Admissions policy

School of Education Taught Postgraduate Admissions Policy


UK/EU: £6,750 (total)

International: £15,750 (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.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. Thats 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 at the Careers website.

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