Postgraduate study

Digital Education (Online Distance Learning)

Awards: MSc, PgDip, PgCert

Study modes: Part-time Intermittent Study

Online learning

Funding available

Learning, teaching and training are profoundly affected by the challenges of the digital age. Whether you are a teacher, lecturer, trainer, librarian, researcher, manager or learning technologist, the Digital Education programme (formerly known as E-learning) will give you the practical teaching skills and critical insight you need in this fast-moving and richly diverse field.

The Digital Education programme is designed as a part-time programme, with the vast majority of participants studying over a period of 3-4 years.

The programme is distinctive for its innovative design, its breadth of scope, the high level of support provided to students and its basis in the research activity of the team.

Delivered fully online, this programme gives you the opportunity to work closely with your fellow students and tutors in a properly supported, collaborative and vibrant online learning environment, studying at the times and in the places that suit you best.

You will complete one compulsory course and a number of option courses, depending on your choice of qualification.

To complete the MSc programme, you will also produce an independently researched dissertation.

Compulsory courses:

  • An Introduction to Digital Environments for Learning (compulsory for all students)
  • Research Methods (compulsory for those studying for the MSc)

Option courses may include:

  • Digital Futures for Learning
  • Digital Student Experience
  • Education and Digital Culture
  • Digital Education: Strategy & Policy
  • Digital Education in Global Context
  • Course Design for Digital Environments
  • Game-Based Learning
  • Information Literacies for Online Learning
  • Introduction to Digital Game-Based Learning
  • Assessment, Learning and Digital Education
  • Psychological and Social Contexts
  • Understanding Learning in the Online Environment

The skills and knowledge this programme provides will enable you to expand your existing career in education into the fast-moving and richly diverse field of digital education.

The research skills you gain in the MSc programme will equip you for further study and possibly an academic career if you choose.

You will also graduate with a toolkit of transferable skills, such as communication and project management, that can be applied to any career.

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a relevant discipline. You should demonstrate a professional interest in the programme.

We may also consider your application if you have relevant employment or experience; please contact us to check before you apply.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

All applicants must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of their English language ability:

  • an undergraduate or masters degree, that was taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country as defined by UK Visas and Immigration

  • IELTS: total 7.0 (at least 6.0 in each module)
  • TOEFL-iBT: total 100 (at least 20 in each module)
  • PTE(A): total 67 (at least 56 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections)
  • CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 169 in each module)
  • Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass in all four components

Degrees taught and assessed in English must be no more than two and a half years old at the beginning of your degree programme. Language tests must be no more than two years old at the beginning of your degree programme.

Find out more about our language requirements:

  • Moray House School of Education
  • Old Moray House
  • Holyrood Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 8AQ

We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. If you are also applying for funding or will require a visa then we strongly recommend you apply as early as possible. We may consider late applications if we have places available, but you should contact the relevant Admissions Office for advice first.

You must submit a reference with your application.

For September applications, a full-time option is available, in which the programme is completed over a period of one year. This option must be discussed with the programme selector before an application is made, as it is only suitable for those who are in a position to devote 35-40 hours each working week to studying online.

If you want to apply to study the programme full-time, please contact Dr Hamish Macleod in the first instance:

Find out more about the general application process for postgraduate programmes:

Further information

  • Moray House School of Education
  • Old Moray House
  • Holyrood Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 8AQ