Taught course

Digital Literacies, Culture and Education

University of Sheffield · Department of Education Studies

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a 2:1 degree in a related field, a 2:2 is acceptable if combined with a minimum of 12 months relevant work experience.

Applicants with a degree in a non-relevant subject are acceptable with a minimum of 12 months relevant work experience.

Relevant work experience can include (but is not limited to): Working in the community, Educational publishing, Higher and Further Education Institutions (including English Language teaching), Local Authorities, Ministries of Education/Government Departments, NGOs, Professional Associations and Schools (Nursery, Primary and Secondary).

For students whose first language is not English, the School requires an IELTS score of 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

Digital media are integral to the lives of children and young people, providing rapidly changing opportunities for communication, creativity and participation. This has important implications for literacy and learning, prompting urgent questions which need to be addressed. How do children learn literacy in the digital age? How can we support young people to be authors as well as players of games? How do we ensure contemporary teaching of literacy is inclusive and socially just?

This programme has been designed to enable teachers, educators and creative practitioners to respond to these challenges. We will provide opportunities to develop expertise in the contemporary media cultures that children and young people are engaging in, reflecting on how these shape their literacy (ies) and learning at home and at school. There will also be opportunities to develop new schemes of work, learning resources or materials relating to teaching digital literacies. We offer a module focused on how to make media with children and young people in order to extend creativity and criticality.

The programme is underpinned by research in the area of new and digital literacies and a key feature of the programme is the link to the existing programmes of activity of our ‘Literacies Research Cluster’, with opportunities to participate in current projects, an active reading/viewing group and a seminar programme. We are also part of a vibrant network of regional and national organisations who are working with us to provide students with opportunities to engage with new digital tools and resources as they are being designed.

Information for international students

University of Sheffield International College

See Entry requirements for International students.

If you do not meet the entry requirements for our full time Masters degree programme, there is still an opportunity for you to consider making an application through the University of Sheffield International College to do a Pre-Masters course.

Our International College offers student pathways and progression routes to the University. If you successfully complete the Pre-Masters course, you may progress onto the full-time Masters programme.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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