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Online PGCert Design for Learning Environments

Study instructional design from the perspectives of education, digital development and data science. Develop the skills and knowledge to design effective learning environments in any sector.

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Build a brighter future in digital education

Online education has dramatically increased in recent years, and learning environments in many sectors and industries incorporate digital and physical environments.2 Our Design for Learning Environments PGCert will equip you with the skills and knowledge to design programmes of learning which meet the needs of learners and organisations.

The 2020 Covid-19 pandemic has challenged all organisations to think differently about education and professional development, and to design learning interventions in new, innovative and pragmatic ways. Graduates of the Design for Learning Environments PGCert will be exposed to ways of thinking and design which embrace such pragmatism and innovation.

We have taken an innovative interdisciplinary approach with our Design for Learning Environments PGCert. It incorporates design, technology, education, the social sciences, data science and digital development to provide you with a rich diversity of perspectives. You will work with academics, active practitioners and designers of learning environments from the fields of education, computer science, theoretical physics and engineering. Each bring their own unique disciplinary perspectives to instructional design.

Helena Feibert

Studying online ensures an internationally composed classroom. It adds substance and inspiration from different people and from different cultures. I find this enriching to online sessions, discussions and networking.

Helena Feibert, Online Graduate

Shape your own learning experience

By exposing you to different disciplines and perspectives, the Design for Learning Environments PGCert allows you to shape your own learning experience. You will be encouraged to collaborate with fellow students, academics and practitioners from diverse backgrounds to create a portfolio of assessed work, including instructional design exercises, digital development and data analysis.

If you would like to study module by module, we also offer Design for Learning Environments short courses. These courses provide the same experience as the PGCert, but are divided into individual, 8-week modules, each worth 10 credits. So, you can flexibly ‘stack’ each module to achieve the full PGCert over a longer period of time.

Key programme outcomes:

  • Explore the role of design, the processes involved and current theories and practices
  • Develop a digital artefact and use it in a learning environment, drawing on new technology
  • Analyse data sets against key tools and frameworks to evaluate teaching and learning
  • Assess the strengths and weakness of contemporary learning perspectives
  • Examine the learning environment from a social and technical perspective
  • Communicate a design proposal and plan a learning environment


World University Rankings (2019). QS Top Universities [online] Available at: <> [Accessed 07.12.2020]
MATTHEWS, A. (2019) ‘Design as a Discipline for Postdigital Learning and Teaching: Bricolage and Actor-Network Theory’, Postdigital Science and Education, 1(2), pp. 413–426. doi:10.1007/s42438-019-00036-z.


1 year

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Entry requirements:

  • 2.1 degree (or equivalent) OR 2.2 degree (or equivalent) with 2 years’ work experience (in design, computing or education) OR no degree with 5+ years’ work experience
  • Two references
  • A statement of purpose

International students:

Applicants must have an IELTS score of 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band.

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