MA degrees

LSRI current welcomes applications to our two MAs degrees on Digital Teaching and Learning. They share an identical curriculum:

  • Learning Theories for A Digital Age
    • both historical and current views about how people learn
  • Social Contexts of Education
    • how do social and cultural factors influence digital learning
  • Digital Teaching and Learning Research Methods
    • how should you evidence claims about digital teaching and learning and how to apply both quantitative and qualitative methods?
  • The Future of Digital Education
    • what is the future going to look like as we learn with AI, games, augmented reality, robots etc?

These are followed by a dissertation on a topic of your choice which puts into practice the theories and methods you have learnt.

They differ in only in that one is taught face to face on campus using a “flipped” model of seminars, videos and interactive activities whereas the other one is solely online and so replaces face to face seminar with a wide variety of technology-mediated activities. Both courses put into practice our commitment to being at the forefront of advances in learning theory and digital technologies.

Students from these courses have gone on to have a wide variety of careers including educational technologist, English teacher, company trainer, and academic faculty.

Follow the links to find out how to apply to the University of Nottingham to study either the online course or the face to face one. Pryce Davis (Pryce.Davis @ and Freydis Vogel (Freydis.Vogel @ are the course leaders of these degrees and welcome informal inquiries.


Over the last 25 years, well over 50 students have successfully completed a PhD with us here at Nottingham. They have researched topics as varied as children’s play, learning by creating and sharing videos, pictures and social media, drawing in medical education, games and learning, tangible technology, wonder and magic in primary schools, scientific reasoning and the list could go on and on (in fact look here if you want to see some examples).

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What they have in common is a commitment to advancing our understanding of learning (in formal and informal educational contexts) by the design of innovative experiences for learners (and their teachers, parents, lecturers). We welcome carefully thought through applications which share this vision from students with relevant prior experience. Informal inquiries can be addressed to Professor Shaaron Ainsworth (Shaaron.Ainsworth at  to ascertain if your research interests align sufficiently closely with ours. She has also written a blog post on this topic. Formal applications are via the University of Nottingham and more information about the process is available here