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MA Digital Technologies, Communication and Education
Develop skills to manage and rapid technological change and its effect on education.

MA Digital Technologies, Communication and Education

Year of entry: 2018

Overview

Degree awarded
MA
Duration
12 months FT; 27 months PT;2 or 3 years Distance
Entry requirements

Honours degree (minimum 2:2 classification) or equivalent approved academic qualification from a recognised institution. Please submit the following documents with your application:

  • Copies of official degree certificates and transcripts of your previous study, showing the subjects taken and grades obtained. If these documents are in languages other than English please provide official translations.
  • Two written references, signed by the referee and on official headed paper
  • A personal statement detailing why you wish to study the course, your experiences, what you can bring to the course and any other information that you see as relevant to your application
  • Your CV
  • Copies of English Language Certification, e.g. IELTS, TOEFL or Pearson test score report.

Full entry requirements

How to apply
Apply online

The deadline for applications is the 31st August 2018; later applications are considered at our discretion. Please note that we receive a very high number of applications so the course may be closed to new applications before the final deadline given.

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
MA Y Y N Y

Course overview

  • You want an award-winning course that brings together distance and on-campus learners
  • You would like to use in-class ICT, social media, mobile devices, video, and satellite broadcasting
  • You prefer to learn by doing, using sponsor- or employer-led projects to gain course credits

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2018, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MA (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £9,500
    International students (per annum): £18,000
  • MA (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £4,750
    International students (per annum): £9,000
  • MA (part-time distance learning)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £792 per 15 credits £3,167 for dissertation
    International students (per annum): £792 per 15 credits £3,167 for dissertation

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

Scholarships/sponsorships

The School of Environment, Education and Development is offering a number of scholarships for 2017 entry. For further information please click here .

The Manchester Alumni Scholarship Scheme offers a £3,000 reduction in tuition fees to University of Manchester alumni who achieved a 1st and are progressing to a postgraduate taught masters course for September 2017 entry (terms and conditions apply - please contact us for further information).  

See also the University's postgraduate funding database for more funding opportunities.

Contact details

Academic department
School of Environment, Education and Development
Contact name
Linda Williams
Telephone
+44 (0)161 275 0969
Email
Website
http://www.seed.manchester.ac.uk/subjects/education/postgraduatetaught/
Academic department overview
See: The School .

Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

Honours degree (minimum 2:2 classification) or equivalent approved academic qualification from a recognised institution. Please submit the following documents with your application:

  • Copies of official degree certificates and transcripts of your previous study, showing the subjects taken and grades obtained. If these documents are in languages other than English please provide official translations.
  • Two written references, signed by the referee and on official headed paper
  • A personal statement detailing why you wish to study the course, your experiences, what you can bring to the course and any other information that you see as relevant to your application
  • Your CV
  • Copies of English Language Certification, e.g. IELTS, TOEFL or Pearson test score report.

English language

Applicants whose first language is not English should meet the following language requirements:

  • IELTS test score of 6.5 or more overall, with a minimum writing score of 6.5 and no other subsection below 6.0
  • TOEFL internet-based test score of 90 or more overall, with a minimum writing score of 22 and no other subsection below 20
  • Pearson Test of English score of 59 or more overall, with a minimum writing score of 59 and no other subsection below 51
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) overall score of 176 or above, with 176 in writing and no sub-section below 169 -OR- Grade C if taken before January 2015 (Please note that the Cambridge First Certificate in English is not acceptable)

We will consider applicants who do not meet these scores but you may be required to attend a pre-sessional English language course at the University of Manchester, or to demonstrate an improvement in your language scores prior to the start of your course.

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Application and selection

How to apply

Apply online

The deadline for applications is the 31st August 2018; later applications are considered at our discretion. Please note that we receive a very high number of applications so the course may be closed to new applications before the final deadline given.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Course details

Course description

MA Digital Technologies, Communication and Education is an award-winning course that uses digital technologies, the broadcast media and/or interpersonal, group or organisational communications techniques to enhance practice, research and the professional and academic development of educators in technology- and information-rich environments.

The course is offered in three modes, each starting in September.

  • full-time study in Manchester lasting 12 months
  • part-time study in Manchester, which normally lasts around 27 months
  • part-time study at a distance, by e-learning over two or three years.

For more information, see the MA Digital Technologies, Communication and Education website .

Aims

  • Further your career by improving your skills and knowledge base in the area of digital technologies and communication, in order that these can be applied in any educational setting.
  • Enhance your interpersonal and group communications skills in order to learn independently and make effective decisions through self-reflection on your own practice.
  • Develop  the ability to design your own educational materials using digital technologies and in particular to develop creative and innovative approaches to this work.
  • Build your confidence and ability to identify and critically evaluate the use of digital technologies, whether in formal educational settings or the informal educational processes of society, and with specific reference to your own needs and practice.
  • Develop your ability to systematically understand and critically evaluate research and research methodologies relevant to digital technologies in education, and  apply this knowledge in actual research projects.
  • Develop an ability to manage and understand rapid technological change and its effect on educational processes, institutions and policies.

Special features

Teaching and learning

Formalised lectures are rare. Instead, classes tend to mix lecturer input with group work, computer and video activities, simulations, problem-based learning and class discussions. We make considerable use of enquiry-based learning (EBL), encouraging students' critical reflection on their own practice and beliefs: formed both by their professional experiences and intuitions, and theory and research. We encourage both individual and co-operative learning and research and hope to foster an ethos of life-long-learning. As most of our participants are themselves experienced teachers, we appreciate the wealth of knowledge and practical experience that they bring to the course and we encourage all participants to use all sources of professional insights including their fellow participants. We provide training in the use of electronic databases, library resources, and computer based statistics packages. Many other key skills will be developed during the course.

Coursework and assessment

The form of the assessment varies from unit to unit, including:

  • practical project work, i.e. creation of a web site or other educational software
  • a written literature review or other essay of approximately 3,500 words
  • criticism of existing software, web sites etc.
  • creation of a teaching portfolio
  • writing reports on schools or other educational settings
  • collaborative group work.

For dissertations, you can choose between a Mode A (traditional type) or a Mode B (portfolio type) dissertation. Mode A dissertations report on a research project of your own design or, possibly, discuss or develop theoretical understanding relevant to the field and/or your professional development. Mode B dissertations are more practical, and involve you designing, testing and implementing a technological solution to an educational problem, for example, a website or piece of interactive multimedia, and then reporting on this process. Mode A dissertations are 15,000 - 20,000 words long - the length of Mode B work can be negotiated, but the overall workload is expected to be equivalent to that of a Mode A.

Course unit details

The MA is a modular course carrying 180 points. It is divided into a taught component of 120 credits (subdivided into eight course units of 15 credits) and a dissertation of 60 credits. The taught component must be successfully completed before the dissertation can be submitted.

The course is semesterised. For on-site participants, this involves Semester 1 (late September - late January), Semester 2 (February-mid-June), and, for full-time participants, a summer semester (mid June - early September) for the dissertation. Part-time participants, whether studying in Manchester or at a distance by e-learning, follow the same teaching semesters as full-time participants but with a lighter study load in each. Their dissertations can then be completed over a longer period and submitted in either April or September.

Each 15-credit course unit is normally taught in one semester either through face-to-face classes or through various types of distance/e-learning. Except where noted, all courses exist in both a face-to-face and distance version. It is possible for students to complete the degree by a mixture of face-to-face and distance methods, if this is desired. Each 15-credit course unit is designed to fill 150 hours of study time. This time includes both set activities/classes, independent study, and work on assessment projects.

TESOL Pathway

Applicants may choose to specialise in a recognised area of Digital Technologies, and currently there is a TESOL pathway available. For further information, please contact Gary Motteram .

The degree that you would be awarded if you took this specialism would be called: MA DTCE (TESOL )

A pathway student must successfully complete a 15 credit core course specialising in language learning and technology; focus on their specialism and relevant research methods in the 30 credit unit Researching DTCE; and complete a 60 credit dissertation with a focus on TESOL and technology.

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Research Methods II EDUC60452 15 Mandatory
Digital Media and Information Literacy EDUC61711 15 Mandatory
Educational Technology and Communication EDUC70140 30 Mandatory
Theories of Teaching and Learning EDUC60491 15 Optional
Intro to Educational Video Production EDUC61632 15 Optional
Blended Learning in a Digital Age EDUC70032 15 Optional
Teaching and Learning Online EDUC70050 15 Optional
Language Learning and Technology EDUC70061 15 Optional
Multimedia Design & Development EDUC70511 15 Optional
Educating for Sustainability EDUC71212 15 Optional
Intercultural Engagement at Work and in Communities EDUC71230 15 Optional
Displaying 10 of 11 course units

Additional fee information

We have planned the part-time distance/e-learning course so that completion within three calendar years is possible and we expect that most students will follow this schedule. However, we recognise that distance learning studies have to be accommodated within participants' busy personal and professional lives and sometimes unpredictable circumstances arise. In such cases, interruption of studies for up to a year is possible without any fee implications. In other cases a slower study pace can be arranged involving additional fee calculations please contact the Postgraduate Teaching and Learning Team for details. Thus, there is a financial incentive to complete within three years.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk

Careers

Career opportunities

Graduates from the course can follow a number of career paths: some continue to work in their existing posts, but often with enhanced status; some move into teacher education, materials development, publishing, the media, managing self-access facilities, testing and assessment, research; some set up their own businesses. Alternatively, graduates may use the programme as a springboard into further study, eventually leading to a PhD.

For example, we quote one student who previously studied on this course:

I was employed with my Master's degree at the Arab Open University. It is a non-profit Higher Education Institution established mainly to enable those who missed the chance of attending the University to pursue their higher education through distance learning. I I've planned two modules for this semester. One is Education and ICT, the other is Using Computer Software in Education. I'm using the best that I have experienced in Manchester to construct stimulating courses.