Master of Arts in E-Learning Design and Development

Course Code: CR_HELDE_9 Delivery: Full-time, Online Fees €5,250 Duration:  2 Semesters (Jan-Sept) Software Orientation Videos Hosting Academic Department: Media Communications

Graduate testimonials


Who is this course aimed at?

This programme is aimed at those wishing to pursue a qualification in the burgeoning e-learning sector to work as designers and developers for e-learning and learning technology units which are becoming mainstream in a number of other other sectors and workplaces, including, in particular, the broader education and training sector. 

The programme is delivered entirely online using many of the same e-learning tools and technologies which also form the course curriculum. 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.

What skills will I learn?

The programme seeks to produce developers of cutting edge, educationally effective e-learning solutions. 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.


Course co-ordinator Dr Gearóid Ó Súilleabháin talks about e-learning and the CIT MA in E-learning Design and Development on a recent episode of the “ByteSize” tech podcast. Click here to listen to the episode. 


What are the benefits of doing the course online?

This programme was specifically designed to be delivered entirely online. 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. Our online teaching model makes use of an online community for students and lecturers to communicate and our live synchronous environment allows students to attend lecturers live and view the recorded content at a time that is convenient to them. 

Other Noteworthy Elements:

The MA in E-Learning Design and Development was shortlisted for a Grad Ireland Higher Education Award in the Design & Innovation category.

The programme was also shortlisted, through CIT's Department of Technology Enhanced Learning, for Best Online Learning Experience at the 2017 Education Awards.


Read some testimonials from our recent graduates and from industry experts on the MA in E-Learning Design and Development here

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 evidence an equivalent level of learning gained through practice or any other means. Applicants without the appropriate certified or practice-based learning may wish to consider undertaking a single semester online Certificate in Digital Media Design and Development.
  • 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.
  • This course can also be taken on a credit accumulation basis over two or more years. 



The course modules are listed below. For detailed module information please click here.

Semester 1: Semester 2:
E-Learning Instructional Design E-Learning Thesis
Education Research and Proposal E-Learning project
New Media Workplace  
Narrative and Games for Learning  
E-Learning Authoring  



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