Structure and modules

The course lasts four years, and is divided into two parts. Part One consists of five compulsory modules aimed at offering you guided study in important and topical areas of technology enhanced learning and e-research. There will be two four day compulsory residential meetings in Part One. In Part Two you will carry out an original piece of research under the supervision of a member of staff.

Participants will need to spend about 12-15 hours studying per week. This includes reading and responding to online discussions, two or three times a week (or as often as you are able to) throughout the programme. This will, of course, vary from participant to participant and from time to time. The flexibility of the VLE medium and form of learning should allow each participant to manage this in ways which suit their professional and personal life, as well as allowing them to participate fully in the online activities associated with the Doctoral programme.

Part One (Years 1 and 2)

(Part 1 modules do not always run in this order)

  • Module One: Research Methods in Education and Social Science Settings: Philosophy, methodology, techniques and tools. 40 credits.
  • Module Two: The Development of Professional Practice. 30 credits
  • Module Three: Researching Technology Enhanced/Networked Learning, Teaching and Assessment. 40 credits.
  • Module Four: Groups and Communities: Researching the Design of Technology Enhanced Learning. 40 credits.
  • Module Five: Interculturality and Globalisation in TEL. 30 credits.


Part Two (Years 3 and 4): Preparing for the Thesis

  • Module Six: Researching and Reflecting on Technology Enhanced Learning in Educational Settings. This module includes the writing of a research proposal, for the individual research carried out in Part Two and written up in the thesis.
  • Thesis (approx 50,000 words). The qualification awarded is a PhD.

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