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E-learning Design and Development (MA)

  • Course Code


  • Field of Study

    Design Communication,Multimedia,Education

  • Type of Course:

    Masters Degree

  • Type of Qualification:


  • Type of Study:

    Full time

  • Application Closing Date:

    Friday, 12th December 2014

Full-time course duration:

ONLINE: 2 Semesters (January to September)

Admission Requirements:

Direct entrants to this 60 credit award would typically require a Level 8 qualification in fields such as multimedia, digital media, media applications or a relevant area of design. Applicants without such qualifications will also be considered if they can show an equivalent level of learning gained through practice or any other means (see CIT’s policy for Recognition of Prior Learning)

In all cases final admission to the course will be on the basis of interview.

If you are interested in making an application for the programme but are not sure if your qualifications are sufficient please make contact with the course co-ordinator or head of department.


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E-learning as a field of study, as an approach to teaching and learning and as an industry has evolved considerably over the last decade and a half. Governments and policy makers have consistently underlined its importance and provide substantial funding initiatives to support its development and mainstreaming. Related policies and requirements with regard to lifelong learning, the knowledge-based economy, work-based learning and globalisation, combine with the benefits of e-learning as a delivery and support tool to make e-learning one of the most rapidly growing sectors in the worldwide education and training and digital media industries.

In addition, E-learning has now become a key practice and service at all levels of education and training. In this context there arises a concomitant need – separate to direct employment in the e-learning industry – for individuals to support existing e-learning systems while also guiding future developments in this fast changing area. Recent years for instance have seen a wider use of job titles such as “Learning Technologist”, “E-learning Officer” and “E-learning Instructional Designer” to capture the roles and responsibilities of those charged with providing guidance, encouragement and support for the effective use of technology to facilitate learning.

Programme Aim and Orientation

In the above context the programme seeks to produce developers of cutting edge, educationally effective e-learning solutions. Our graduates, subsequently, will go on to work as designers and developers either directly as part of the burgeoning e-learning sector or in support of in-house e-learning and learning technology departments which are becoming mainstream in a number of other areas and industries.

The programme is a Master of Arts and, as such, reflects a special orientation towards, variously, creativity, culture and design, rather than technology per se.

Programme Delivery

The programme is delivered entirely online using many of the same e-learning tools and technologies which also form the course curriculum. All registered students are also, uniquely, given access to a virtualised desktop which provides all their multimedia software and remote storage requirements for the duration of the course. This means the programme may appeal to those who, for whatever reasons, cannot commit to attending regular face-to-face lectures and labs or who simply find the flexibility and convenience of studying at a distance attractive.

CIT has developed a website which gives full details of all modules for all courses. The website also has information on recommended textbooks, average weekly workload, assessments and exams.

For detailed module information please click here

  • Applications are open online. Course will commence in January 2015. The closing date for receipt of completed applications is Friday, 12th December 2014.
  • Fees for EU applicants currently stand at €3,300.
  • Please note that applicants will be required to pay an acceptance fee of €250 online if a place on a course is offered. This fee is deductible from the overall course fee.
  • Note: You will not be charged for applying for the programme by clicking the 'apply now' button, you are only asked to pay an acceptance fee if a place is offered to you and you wish to accept it.




Course Coordinator: Dr Gearóid Ó Súilleabháin
021 433 5933

Head of Department of Media Communications: Rose McGrath
021 433 5812