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MA Technology and Education Futures

Please note: The below is for 2025 entries. Click here for 2024 entries.
UCAS code 1234
Duration 1 year full time
Entry year September 2024
Campus St Luke's Campus
Discipline Education and Teacher Training

Programme Director Dr Judith Kleine-Staarman
Web: Enquire online
+44 (0)1392 723192

Typical offer

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Normally a 2:2 Honours degree – other qualifications and experience may be accepted

Contextual offers


  • Learn about how technology impacts learning, the curriculum and possible futures of education
  • Develop a thorough understanding of the complex relationship between education and technology
  • Develop in-depth knowledge and skills around new approaches to teaching and learning, focusing on a variety of new and emerging educational technologies, teaching thinking and teaching for creativity.
  • Learn about important issues and current discussions related to 21st Century education
  • Join a diverse and international student community that brings together a wealth of different educational and cultural experiences and perspectives
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Programme Director: Dr Judith Kleine-Staarman

Web: Enquire online

Phone: +44 (0)1392 72 72 72

100% of our Education research has internationally excellent impact*

Based on research impact rated 4* + 3* in REF 2021*

Top 150 in the world for Education

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2023

Home to one of the largest Education libraries in the UK

Entry requirements

We will consider applicants with a 2:2 Honours degree with 53% or above (or equivalent) in a relevant subject area such as social sciences, humanities or education. While we normally only consider applicants who meet this criteria, if you are coming from a different academic background which is equivalent to degree level, or have relevant work experience, we would welcome your application.

We welcome applications from students who hold qualifications and degrees that are not in education. These may include degrees and qualifications undertaken in the social sciences, natural sciences, humanities, arts or business studies. Please note that this list is not exhaustive and every application will be considered on a case-by-case basis. We would encourage applicants to use their personal statement to indicate their interests in education and any relevant work experience.

Some modules require Disclosure and Barring Service checks.

Entry requirements for international students

Please visit our entry requirements section for equivalencies from your country and further information on English language requirements.

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Entry requirements for international students

English language requirements

International students need to show they have the required level of English language to study this course. The required test scores for this course fall under Profile B2. Please visit our English language requirements page to view the required test scores and equivalencies from your country.

Course content

Our two Technology and Education Futures modules will develop your understanding and knowledge around approaches to learning and teaching which meet the needs of learners in the 21st century. The Education Studies module will expose you to the range of possible approaches to educational studies, helping you to contextualise some of the teaching and learning approaches you learn about in other modules.

Optional modules enable you to tailor your programme according to your professional and academic interests. “Reflecting on Educational Practices” offers skills which can be helpful in finding employment following the course. The dissertation or portfolio offers you the opportunity to develop follow your own research passions, either by doing a research study in an area you are interested in, or through the creation of an authentic practice-based artefact that is relevant to a current issue in education.

You must take 180 credits in total to qualify with an MA qualification. This will either consist of taught modules to the value of 120 credits and a dissertation worth 60 credits, or a combination of modules, dissertation and accredited prior learning or experience.

You must take 180 credits in total to qualify with an MA qualification. This will either consist of taught modules to the value of 120 credits and a dissertation worth 60 credits, or a combination of modules, dissertation and accredited prior learning or experience.

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.


2024/25 entry

UK fees per year:

£10,300 full-time

International fees per year:

£24,300 full-time


We invest heavily in scholarships for talented prospective Masters students. This includes over £5 million in scholarships for international students, such as our Global Excellence Scholarships*.

For more information on scholarships, please visit our scholarships and bursaries page.

*Selected programmes only. Please see the Terms and Conditions for each scheme for further details.

Learning and teaching

Teaching and learning approaches vary across our modules and may include:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Peer-led activity
  • Online resources
  • Digital Maker Space work
  • Field trips and school visits

Our Education Studies module provides a grounding in education research, theory and practice. Every other week students participate in activity sessions such as:

  • A discussion and practical activity with a range of psychology practitioners
  • Designing your own materials which might help to address racial inequalities in school
  • Working with an expert in young people's relationships education
  • Short series of pedagogy-focused sessions for students who want to work with young people in educational settings in the future


All modules are assessed through course work and there are no final examinations. Assessments are varied and include:

  • Essays
  • Digital artefacts
  • Digital Portfolios
  • Virtual Presentations
  • Reflections on practice

Facilities and support

You'll be assigned a personal tutor and have access to module tutors via face-to-face and/or email or online tutorials. You'll also have access to a range of support including lecture notes, presentations, film clips and reading materials through our online learning environment.

Campus-based modules are taught at theSchool of Education at the St Luke's Campus in Exeter, which offers an excellent range of specialist facilities and one of the UK's largest Education libraries. 

Research-led teaching

You will join a vibrant postgraduate community at the School of Education, studying with some of the leading scholars in their disciplines.

You will benefit from our active research culture, which promotes the sharing of ideas and knowledge to encourage innovation. Our research centres provide a focus for research and discussion for academic staff, researchers and practitioners, and organise seminar series, visiting speakers, conferences and other events.

Partnerships, collaborations and research

In addition to benefiting from the expertise and experience of our academics, on this course you will also engage with high profile visiting researchers, local partners in educational technology and local schools, including:

Broadclyst Community Primary School: Broadclyst Community Primary School has developed a local, national and international reputation for its innovative use of IT and digital media. It is part of the Cornerstone Academy Trust, a multi-academy trust that provides 21st century education across four schools as well as professional teacher training through the Cornerstone Teaching Academy.

Real Immersive Plymouth: Home to Plymouth’s awe-inspiring 15m immersive dome featuring an impressive 19.1 speaker system and 360-degree visuals.

Last year, invited presentations related to the MA Technology and Education Futures course were given by:

  • Professor Kristiina Kumpulainen (Playful research on children’s ecological imagination with augmented storying)
  • Professor Neil Selwyn (Better Ed-Tech - why we need to develop forms of Ed-Tech that are better for people, better for communities & better for the planet)

The MA Technology and Education Futures staff are also involved in a range of research projects relevant to the course. For instance, staff was involved in the Generative AI in Higher Education project, aiming to understand the perceptions of staff and students of the potential role of ChatGPT for higher Education. We are also working with a local robotics volunteer organisation and local schools to explore the role of robotics in education and are exploring the use of technology for primary school narrative writing in an externally funded research project.

Optional modules outside of this course

Each year, if you have optional modules available, you can take up to 30 credits in a subject outside of your course. This can increase your employability and widen your intellectual horizons.

Proficiency in a second subject

If you complete 60 credits of modules in one of the subjects below, you may have the words 'with proficiency in [e.g. Social Data Science]' added to your degree title when you graduate.

  • A Foreign Language
  • Data Science
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Innovation
  • Law
  • Leadership
  • Social Data Science

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The flexibility of this programme means it is ideal for students from a range of subject, professional and career backgrounds including teachers, lecturers, administrators, education advisors, or other related professions. 

Students considering an academic career and progression to PhD are advised to undertake the MSc Educational Research.

Graduate destinations

The University has an excellent reputation with graduate recruiters and our students compete very successfully in the employment market. Our graduates have gone on to a range of careers in the UK and overseas with examples given below.

We are aware that Chinese students may want to go on to become teachers in China after graduating from the programme. We have assisted programme alumni previously with translating the qualification into terms which work within the Chinese teacher training system. Whilst we cannot promise success, we are happy to work with students to support them in this way where appropriate.

Please note that, due to data protection, the job titles and organisations listed below are independent and do not correspond.

Job Titles

  • Teacher
  • Subject Specialist Teacher (including design and technology)
  • Special Needs Teacher
  • Head of Department
  • Education Technology Manager
  • Education Officer
  • Headteacher/Principal
  • Education Consultant
  • Online learning developer/ consultant
  • Lecturer


  • Ofsted
  • Devon Education Authority
  • Jersey States Education Department
  • Plymouth City Council
  • FEA Training and Development Centre
  • Camden LEA
  • Exeter College
  • Hong Kong SAR Government
  • Danish National School of Contemporary Dance
  • Ministry of Education, Cyprus
  • Saltash Community School
  • University of Reading

Career support

Careers support including skills training, internships, jobs vacancies, employment fairs and other events is available through the Career Zone.

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