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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:


  • Application Closing Date:

    8th February 2020

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 All other applicants are invited to undertake a new 30 credit online Certificate in Media Design and Development (CR_HDMTE_8) which runs from September to December.

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.


Media Communications

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All part-time programmes at CIT will run subject to sufficient student numbers. Where a programme cannot proceed, applicants will be contacted and advised on alternative study options.

An Information session will take place on Tuesday 3rd September 2019 from 5.30pm to 7.00pm at the CIT Bishopstown Campus. Institute staff will be in attendance to offer career guidance and assistance.

Students should note that Fees quoted relate to the academic year 2019-2020 only and are subject to change on an annual basis. Except where stated, course fees cover the cost of tuition only.

Course fees must be paid before attending lectures.

For more information on Fees, please visit fees/students


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Course fee

€5,250 for both EU and non-EU applicants

Union of Students in Ireland (USI) Levy
The USI membership levy of €7.00 has been introduced as a result of a referendum where students opted to affiliate to the national Students’ Union. This levy must be paid before the start of Semester 1.

Delivery & Duration

Online 2 semesters (January to September).

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.


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 made e-learning a central imperative of their political educational rhetoric and provide substantial funding initiatives to support its development and mainstreaming. Related policies, practices and requirements with regard to lifelong learning, and continuous education combine with the benefits and wider acceptance of e-learning as a delivery and support tool to make e-learning one of the most rapidly growing areas in both the worldwide education and training sector and the digital media sector today.

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.


Master of Arts in E-Learning Design and Development (Level 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications).

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.

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All modules are 5 credits (ECTS) unless otherwise noted. 

The course is delivered full-time over just 2 semesters. The first semester, which runs from February to May consists of five taught modules. Semester two runs from June until September and incorporates the development and piloting of an innovative e-learning solution, and the completion of a traditional academic thesis.

Semester 1 February - May Semester 2 June - September
E-Learning Instructional Design
Education Research & Proposal (10 ECTS)
New Media Workplace
Narrative & Games for Learning
E-Learning Authoring

E-learning Thesis (20 ECTS)
E-learning Project (10 ECTS)



The student’s e-learning project is to be developed in tune with both contemporary learning theory and contemporary e-learning practice. As part of the thesis element of the programme students are, in addition, required to pilot or field test their project outcome with real learners. Data analysis, findings and conclusions resulted from same are, finally, to be presented in context of a formal academic thesis incorporating, as appropriate, a literature review and technical/use case background.

  • Online application is open for course commencing in January 2020.
  • Please note that applicants will be required to pay an acceptance fee of €500 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.
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*Please note choice of modules for those taking the programme on a part-time basis will be stipulated by the course co-ordinator. Please make contact for further details.


Course Coordinator: Dr Gearóid Ó Súilleabháin
T: +353 21 433 5933

Rose McGrath, Head of Department of Media Communications
T: +353 21 433 5812