MA degrees

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

  • Introduction to the Learning Sciences
    • where we consider learning theories for a digital age
  • Social Contexts of Educational Technology
    • how do social and cultual factors influence digital learning
  • Educational Technology Research Methods
    • how should you evidence claims about digital teaching and learning?
  • New Directions in Technology Enhanced Learning
    • what is the future going to look like?

These are followed by an dissertation on a topic of your choice which puts into practice this 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 be at the forefront of advances in learning theory and digtial 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.

LSRI room used for teaching

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).

A pile of theses

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