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MSc in Education (Digital and Social Change)

University of Oxford

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Course options

  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    University of Oxford

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    12 months

Course summary

About the course

New for 2021, the MSc Education (Digital and Social Change) is an exciting and innovative programme, in which you will develop a strong theoretical understanding of new technologies, education and society.

At the core of the programme is a strong commitment to digital inclusion and social justice that addresses contemporary issues regarding the impact of digital and social change in education. You will conceptualise and design learning technologies through participatory approaches, examining how they impact the marginalised in the UK and globally.

Aims of the course

  • Critically assess and understand the role of technology in education across the lifecourse
  • Develop the expertise to address the challenges posed by digital inequality
  • Understand how to embed innovative learning technologies in practice
  • Cultivate design prototyping skills
  • Understand the relationship between social justice, technology and learning


For each of the six core and option modules, you will complete a 2,000 word formative essay. Course convenors will provide feedback on these formative assignments prior to setting of the summative questions.

Five of the modules (Foundations of Educational Research parts 1 and 2, Key Concepts in Digital Education and Social Change, Education, the Internet and Society, and Social Justice Technology) will be summatively assessed by essays of 2,500-3,000 words in length. For each, you will be able to select from a choice of three to five questions set by the course convenor.

Graduate destinations

The most recent Oxford University Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey made contact with 635 master's course students who graduated from the Department of Education between 2012 and 2014. Altogether, 90.2% of alumni were in work and 5.8% in further study with only 2.0% looking for work, ranking the department in the best three of the 20 departments in Oxford's Social Sciences Division.

Although this is a new pathway for 2021, it builds on the success of our MSc Education (Learning and Technology). Alumni from that pathways have gone on to academic and research careers at universities in the UK and abroad, including MIT, LSE, Stanford, The Turing Institute and UCLA. Others have worked for international NGOs, various international organisations and also founded their own technology and consultancy start-ups.

Tuition fees

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(international fees)

£ 25,900per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Oxford

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  • Campus address

    University of Oxford, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 2JD, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    1st out of 85

  • Entry standards

    / Max 217
    212 97%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    84 84%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5

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