Applicants who have achieved an upper second-class honours
degree (or better) in a primary degree. Equivalent qualifications
or experience are taken into account. Preference will be given
to applicants who have at least three years in teaching, training
or instructional technology development. A qualification in
Computer Science is not required but applicants are expected
to be computer literate. Applicants meeting the necessary
requirements will normally be interviewed.
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Months of entry
The course aims to meet the needs of 21st century learners,
teachers, instructors and researchers in the context of the
emerging Knowledge Society, by providing its students with the
opportunity to participate in a research led Masters programme
exploring the integration of learning and technology. The focus
for the students is on technology mediated transformative
learning experiences. The course addresses areas such as
creativity, critical reflection, collaboration and meta-cognition
through the active design, construction, use and evaluation of
a range of learning technologies. Course learning activities and
themes are research led and are closely aligned with the ongoing
research activities of the Centre for Research in IT in Education.
This degree was launched in 1999 with the aim of producing
a cohort of people who would be able to play a leadership
role in the development and use of information and
communication technologies (ICTs) in all aspects of learning.
To date graduates have been equally divided between
those working in the formal educational system, teachers
or lecturers, and those involved in a variety of roles in the
workplace ranging from instructional designers to training.
On the educational side, graduates of the course gain a deep
understanding of the theories of learning that are relevant to the
use of ICT and will have a realistic view of the real enhancements
to learning that ICT can facilitate. On the technical side, graduates
of the course gain a good knowledge of the principles of web
design, multimedia authoring, digital video and computer
operation. Although aspects of computer programming are by
necessity touched upon it is not an aim of the degree to produce
people who can program. In the second year of the course
students carry out a substantial piece of research which typically
involves the design, implementation and evaluation of a learning
experience in which ICT plays a key role.
The course is run on a part-time basis. In the first year
there are formal classes on Friday afternoons and Saturday
mornings. The second year is devoted to the completion of a
research dissertation. This course has been co-funded under
the National Development Plan (Graduate Skills Conversion
Programme) for EU fee paying students.
Information for international students