MSc Education (Learning and Technology)

Please note: the Learning & Technology pathway was suspended in 2018/19 and will not be running in the future.

Technology is at the heart of modern education systems, workplaces and learning environments, and is critical to its success. However, sustainable innovations require a critical research-informed stance. The MSc Education (Learning and Technology) provides you with the opportunity to engage with research, practical application and collaborative exploration of this exciting and challenging field.

This MSc will develop your skills and knowledge needed to progress as researchers and professionals who will engage with all aspects of the intersection between learning and technology in a wide range of contexts across the life course and globally.

The key themes of the MSc Education (Learning and Technology) programme are:

  • Theoretical and methodological foundations
  • Policy and practice in learning and technology
  • Researching learning and technology
  • Advanced theoretical perspectives
  • New modes of learning and participation within a networked society
  • Exploring the futures of learning and technology

The course is delivered through seminars, collaborative workshops, lectures and individual tutorials: approximately 200 hours contact time during the year.

  • generic and ICT-related research skills are developed by an extensive Foundations of Educational Research programme
  • opportunities are provided throughout the course for practical investigation and experience in a range of educational settings
  • the course is assessed through coursework and a final dissertation reporting an extended research study within the field.

The MSc Education (Learning and Technology) student group (October 2017)

Applying for the course

We welcome applications from all parts of the world, from people with interests and backgrounds in education or information technology, or related fields.

This MSc is aimed at people who intend to become:

  • researchers in the field of educational technologies
  • teachers, trainers and lecturers using educational technologies
  • e-learning specialists and co-ordinators
  • policy makers & managers

Students are encouraged to participate in the activities of the Learning and New Technologies Research Group, and are encouraged to participate in its seminar programme. Students benefit also from access to a wide range of experts from across the University. We work in close collaboration with the Learning Technologies Group in the University’s Computing Service, and also with the Oxford Internet Institute and TALL (Technology Assisted Lifelong Learning).

Examples of recent dissertations

  • Andrew Barnes Exploring the Role of Difference to Support Collaboration in the Zone of Proximal Development
  • Erin Young Synaptic Scholarship: An investigation of Technology Mediation in Interdisciplinary Research within Higher Education
  • Kelsey Finkel Writerly Uses of Technology: a Study of the Explanations and Rationales of Five Professional Writers
  • Landon Newby Education, Technology and Conflict: the Use and Perceptions of the Internet in Palestinian Higher Education
  • Nabeel Gillani Learner Communications in Massively Open Online Courses
  • Jiajie Liu Opportunities and Challenges of Mobile Learning: A Case Study of Chinese Students Use of the Mobile App “WeChat” To Engage in English Learning Practices
  • Jennifer Hall Navigating Literature in Digital and Printed Text: A Qualitative Study on Student Reading Behaviours and Perspectives
  • Joy Buolamwini Increasing Participation in Graduate Level Computer Science Education: A Case Study of the Georgia Insitute of Technology’s Online Masters of Computer Science
  • Evgenia Vafeiadou Museums in the Digital Era: The Role of Technology in Museum-based Learning

You are welcome to ask for further guidance about this course from the Course Co-ordinators Dr Niall Winters or Dr Rebecca Eynon or contact the Higher Degrees Office.

Page last modified: April 24, 2018