About the MSc Programme

This MSc in Applied eLearning programme is intended for all education practitioners – academics and professionals – with an interest in eLearning. This includes eLearning specialists, consultants, managers, co-ordinators, researchers, lecturers, teachers, tutors, librarians, outreach workers, technical developers, learning technologists, academic developers, trainers in commercial enterprises and policy makers who wish to explore the possibilities for education, training and consultancy delivered through technology-enhanced learning. It has been designed to provide a hands-on opportunity to explore technology enhanced approaches for their own teaching and training needs. It is a unique award-winning offering in that it draws participants from these different sectors but they come together to complement each other on the programme, to share experience and their innovative energy.

MSc Award Certificate

Programme participants will explore theories and pedagogical concepts that underpin the design, development, implementation and evaluation of eLearning. Throughout the core and elective modules, participants will develop the skills, strategies and confidence necessary to develop, implement and research best practice in order to be a well-rounded practitioner in the field, and a change agent in their own professional practice.

bullet point View the timeline of the development of the MSc Applied eLearning

bullet point Download a flyer with details on the structure of the programme

bullet point Have look at the visual overview of the programme structure here

bullet point Why not have a look for yourself to see the excellent range of practice-based project work that participants have been creating since 2009, when the programme had its first graduates: View here


This programme aims to:

  • Provide participants with a comprehensive grounding in a range of relevant uses of eLearning in order that they develop the required knowledge and skills to become eLearning practitioners and/or consultants in a tertiary education or industry context.
  • Explore and encourage participants to develop the technical, pedagogical and cultural skills needed to design, facilitate, support and evaluate appropriate eLearning opportunities for students/users so that they are able to select and utilise appropriate technologies in order to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse population of learners.
  • Emphasise the appropriate use of eLearning approaches in each participant’s work and in the work of others in order that they are able to undertake a practitioner-based eLearning initiative within their own working practice.
  • Encourage participants to critically reflect upon their own professional practice and development as practitioners in particular through the applied project and evaluation of their developed artefact/resource.

So, whether you are a lecturer, learning technologist, support staff member, instructional designer or trainer in Higher or Further Education, or a consultant working in a corporate training context, the MSc will offer you the unique chance to gain pedagogic understanding, learn new technological skills, and develop resources related directly to your own blended and online educational practices. You’ll be doing this learning and working alongside fellow education professionals from a wide range of disciplines and contexts.

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