About your course
Develop your understanding of digital literacy issues on this new Masters programme at Liverpool John Moores University. This distance learning programme invites you to fit your studies around your existing commitments.
- Obtain in-depth understanding of UK and international digital literacy issues, practices and policies
- Develop the skills, principles and practices to use digital tools effectively, safely and ethically
- Design and lead digital literacy initiatives in schools, universities and other sectors
Benefit from the flexibility of digital learning
Introduction to the School
Our School of Education has a well established reputation for delivering high quality postgraduate programmes.
Our academic staff have years of professional experience behind them, as Teachers, Head Teachers, Department Heads, Inspectors and Advisors.
Members of the team have been involved in national projects and have significant expertise in current school-focused initiatives and curriculum design.
When it comes to educational research, within our Centre for Educational Research and Evaluation we are working on projects across Early Years, Primary, Secondary and Higher Education; sports education; leadership studies and both formal and informal learning.
In the 2014 REF, LJMU's education-related research was ranked fourth in the UK’s Post-92 Universities, with over 60% of work considered world leading or internationally excellent. This research helps ensure our postgraduate courses are at the forefront of developments in the field and that you have an opportunity to study alongside leading experts.
Why study this course at LJMU?
This course offers an opportunity to develop digital literacies beyond the capabilities that are fundamentally underpinned by the technical mastery of digital technologies. More importantly, it considers the digital transformation of users, data and practices.
Digital technologies are playing an increasingly important role in configuring concepts of self, social relationships, communities, embodiment, human-non-human relations, space and place and what counts as ‘social’ itself. This course will contribute to your professional development by engaging you in the examination of the digital aspects of literacies and learning as they relate to new developments and social change in the family, workplace, education system and economy.
The course will also enhance your understanding of the informatics-based techniques and computational thinking that are essential to digital literacy and learning. The literacy it offers goes beyond a fluency with digital tools, devices and the Internet. It is characterised by concepts, methods, philosophy of technology and information that emphasise the increasing need to use and access data and information effectively, safely and ethically.
Programme outline and structure
Flexible provision is at the core of this distance learning programme. Study at your own rate and fit your learning around your other commitments, without travel and accommodation costs.
As a part-time student you will study two taught topics per year in years one and two and the dissertation in year three.
Core areas of study will include research approaches and methodologies and you will also complete a 60 credit dissertation.
LJMU has a comprehensive collection of digital resources for off-campus study. Our team of expert librarians and dedicated subject specialists are on hand to offer support and advice remotely.
What you will study on this degree
Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.
- Digital literacies - dominant theories and practices
- The digital practitioner or researcher
- Internet and information literacy
- The social aspects of data and information in practice
- Use of information and record management systems
- Ethics and data visualisation
- Research approaches and methodologies
Further guidance on modules
The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules.
Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.
Academic Framework reviews are conducted by LJMU from time to time to ensure that academic standards continue to be maintained. A review is currently in progress and will be operational for the academic year 2016/2017. Final details of this programme’s designated core and option modules will be made available on LJMU’s website as soon as possible and prior to formal enrolment for the academic year 2016/2017.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you require further guidance or clarification.
How will I be assessed?
The programme comprises four 30 credit modules and a dissertation.
Modules are assessed entirely by coursework. Your dissertation will be assessed by two independent examiners. Typically, coursework assignments are up to 5,000 words and your dissertation will be up to 20,000 words.
Staff research interests
Our academic staff actively research across a wide range of subjects.
Course tutors will guide you to the most up-to-date international research, theories, principles and practices in digital literacy and learning.
Entry requirements (Home)
Entrants should hold a relevant bachelors degree or equivalent in the social sciences, education or an education-related discipline at 2:2 level or higher. Applicants who do not hold an honours degree in one of the above areas will be considered on their individual merits in relation to the programme. Professional experience, publications, CPD activities and other suitable evidence of accomplishment and aptitude will be taken into consideration.
Entry requirements (International)
LJMU welcomes applications from international students. In addition to normal entry requirements, you will be expected to demonstrate a very good level of English language competence, for example an IELTS score of 6.0-6.5 or equivalent. Please note: specific courses may require higher levels of English language competence.
If you have applied to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PhD at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. It can take four to six weeks to receive an ATAS certificate, so please make sure you apply as early as possible. You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website. Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance.
Please note: international students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part time. Students entering the UK on alternate types of visa may be in a position to study part time. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details before making your application.
In order to obtain a visa you will also need to show evidence that the money required to cover your tuition fees and living expenses has been in your bank account for at least 28 days prior to submitting your visa application. So please make sure that your finances are in place before applying. For more details, go to our international website.
For advice on any aspect of the application process, please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team.
For international students, if English is not your first language, an IELTS score of 6.5 (minimum Level 6) in both spoken and written English or Pearson score between 58-64 (minimum 51 in each component for UKVI purposes) or any equivalent as recognised by LJMU will also be required.
6.5 (Minimum of 5.5 in each component)
58-64 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Applications for RPL will not be accepted on this programme.
Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.
All full and part-time students enrolled on postgraduate taught programmes at LJMU are liable to pay an annual tuition fee. You can opt to pay your tuition fees in full at the start of each academic year or pay by instalments. If you need advice about how you will pay your tuition fees, please email to LJMU’s Student Funding Team as soon as possible.
Sources of funding
Postgraduate Masters loans are available for the 2017/18 academic year. The new loans, of up to £10,000, are available for students attending eligible full and part-time Masters courses, in line with the existing qualification framework for England. Administered by the Student Loan Company, the loans will be available to those under 60 at the start of their course.
Loan repayments will begin the April after course completion, with the first cohort of borrowers commencing repayments in April 2019. Repayments will be made at a rate of 6% of income above an earning threshold of £21,000. This threshold will be frozen until 2021. For details of loan terms, conditions and eligibility, go to: ljmu.ac.uk/postgraduate-funding LJMU Alumni Award
Final year undergraduates and alumni of the University are eligible to apply for a 20% reduction in their postgraduate tuition fees if they choose to progress onto a higher degree programme at LJMU. Both Home and international LJMU students and alumni can apply for this award (subject to eligibility criteria*).
Postgraduate International Scholarships
LJMU offers scholarships for international applicants accepted onto taught masters programmes (excluding distance learning programmes) and research degrees. Current LJMU international students and alumni interested in pursuing postgraduate study and research at the University are eligible to apply for these scholarships along with new applicants.
English for Postgraduate Studies Bursary
A Bursary is also available for international students who need to improve their IELTS score prior to enrolling on their postgraduate course or research programme at the University. This course is run by LJMU’s International Study Centre.
Earn While You Learn
Working while you study means you may be able to pay for your course without taking out any further loans or at least reducing the amount you need to borrow. Working while you study also gives you the skills valued by employers, such as managing your workload and prioritising your time.
LJMU’s Vacancy website can help you find graduate vacancies, sandwich/industrial placements, internships / summer work, part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities and work-based learning placements. Over 1,000 local and regional employers regularly list opportunities on the website.
Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL)
Many students fund their postgraduate studies via Professional and Career Development Loans. This is a bank loan which you will have to pay back once you’ve completed the course. However, while you are studying any interest on the loan will be paid for you by the Skills Funding Agency. PCDLs worth between £300 and £10,000 are available for eligible postgraduates to fund up to two years of study (three if the course includes work experience). The loan is split into course fees and living costs.
Some organisations and companies fund the cost of postgraduate studies for their employees as they recognise the value of having well qualified staff. Check out our courses and see if there are any on offer that could enhance your current career. Remember, employer support doesn’t always have to be financial; it can take other forms too, such as flexible working arrangements, day release and time in lieu of study.
Support for disabled students
Disabled Students’ Allowances or DSAs are designed to help meet the extra course costs students can face as a direct result of a disability, on-going health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty. DSAs don’t have to be paid back and the type of support you receive will be determined by your specific needs not your household income. Please contact LJMU’s Disability team for further advice: 0151 231 3164/3165.
Council tax exemption
All full-time postgraduate students studying courses lasting one year or more are eligible for a council tax exemption certificate.
This programme leads to excellent career opportunities in a wide range of sectors, both linked directly to education and in areas where transferable skills are valued.
Typical careers for graduates may include: Academic or Content Developers, Digital Learning Services Manager, Learning Technologists, Student Learning Managers, Lecturers and IT Skills Trainer.
Some graduates will continue to doctoral research and there are various postgraduate scholarship schemes providing funding for eligible students.
The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.
Further guidance on programme changes