MA Education (Masters of Arts in Education)

Technology, Creativity and Thinking specialism

Specialism leader: Dr Judith Kleine Staarman

‌Delivery: campus-based and/or distance learning

Duration: one year full-time / two to three years part-time

primarygirlscreativeDigital technology offers teachers new opportunities to help students learn and work together more effectively. Investigate how the teaching and learning needs to adapt to meet the needs of future learners. Explore new digital technologies and current approaches to teach creativity and thinking skills. This programme can be studied on campus or via distance learning.

The syllabus may include:

  • Context and issues: emergence of digital technologies and new demands on learners and their implications for education: the changing role of the teacher

  • Technology – how specific tools such as twitter, wikis, social media, blogs, multi- touch technology and gaming can support learning. Practical projects and peer review.

  • Challenges – how to manage the dilemmas posed by new demands on learners due to a shift towards a global knowledge society

  • Thinking skills – Learn to support the teaching of thinking skills;  encourage creativity and group learning 

  • Future implications – providing teachers with the skills to anticipate and take advantage of the new technologies; how to adapt in the fast changing world of education

You must take 180 credits in total to qualify with an MA qualification.

To qualify with the degree title MA Education: Technology, Creativity and Thinking, you will need to take a minimum of 60 credits in the specialist area, usually chosen from the taught modules below, and write a dissertation on a topic relating to this specialism. 

Compulsory dissertation module

Specialism modules

EFPM315* Teaching thinking in the internet age Campus-based or distance learning   30
EFPM316* Digital Futures for Education Campus-based or distance learning   30
EFPM303 Creativity and Education Futures Campus-based or distance learning   30
EFPM317  Educational Technology in Practice Campus-based or distance learning   30
*These modules are compulsory on the full time route, but are not compulsory on a part-time route.

Optional modules

In addition to the core modules, you will undertake 60 credits of optional modules.

EFPM228 Arts in the Curriculum 30 Campus-based
EFPM265 The Arts & Educational Futures 30 Campus-based
EFPM272 International Perspectives: inclusion, disability & diversity 30 Campus-based
EFPM273 Critical Perspectives in Inclusive & Special Education 30 Campus-based or blended learning


Prior learning and experience

If you are registering for the MA Education, you may be able to accredit a maximum of 90 credits as a result of the learning you have achieved through your certificated qualifications and/or experience. Find out more.

Flexible design 

If you don’t wish to complete a full Masters programme, you can study modules individually with the option of building up credits towards a postgraduate qualification. Visit the Professional Development in Education pages for more information. 

Delivery: campus-based and/or distance-learning

Duration: one year full-time / two to three years part-time 

You can choose to be taught either through a combination of face-to-face teaching and tutoring, supported by online activities and resources, or entirely via distance learning.

We believe the use of online learning tools will be of dual benefit to our students, in that it will provide you with practical experience in using educational technology, while providing extra support for your studies. Assessment methods vary depending on the modules you choose and may include group discussions, written work, project work, and presentations.

Facilities and support

Our campus-based modules are taught at St Luke’s Campus, which offers you an excellent range of specialist facilities including the UK’s largest Education library.  You’ll be assigned a personal tutor and have access to module tutors via email and/or face-to-face tutorials. You’ll also have access to a range of support including online discussion forums, lecture notes, presentations, reading materials, film clips, and case studies through our online learning environment.

Research-led teaching

The specialism is aligned with the Centre for Teaching Thinking and Dialogue which brings together academics and practitioners with the aim of promoting thinking - including creative thinking, self efficacy, metacognition and distributed thinking - with technology and dialogue.  

The course has challenged my conditioned approach to teaching. I had to review and reflect upon my teaching, making me realise I had been using one theory for a long time. I have changed my approach and I believe my students now have a better experience and their learning has improved. 

This course reawakened my excitement, interest, motivation and enthusiasm for teaching, which had severely waned. Learning about new, unique and novel ways of using technology in teaching, and modelling lessons, was fantastic, something I believe all teachers should do regularly.

Rod Mounsden
Masters student