Masters in Education (ICT)

Postgraduate Programmes in Educational Technology



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Most questions about Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in education have shifted from how to use technologies to understanding how to teach and learn with technologies. While there is an increasing recognition of the role of ICT in transforming both the teaching and learning practices, the lack of pedagogical knowledge among educators and practitioners is the foremost reason why emerging technologies remain unexplored in education or under utilised. The other challenge is the inadequate theorisation of the phenomenon of teaching with ICT as opposed to teaching ICT. This is particularly pronounced in the education systems in developing nations where much focus of ICT in education has tended to emphasise technologies that institutions provide (e.g. computers) which student do not often personally own. Thus, this postgraduate programme, jointly offered by the School of Education and the Centre for Educational Technology, and facilitated by some the leading experts in the field is one of the programmes of its kind in Africa aimed at addressing the said educational conundrum.

Depending on the relevance of an applicant’s qualifications and prior experience work prospective applicants may enroll for a:
โ—    Post graduate diploma in educational technology (1 year coursework)
โ—    Masters by research
โ—    PhD (includes 6 months provisional registration and 3-4 years thesis) (for details visit



The primary objective of the Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Technology (PGDip ET) is to provide potential and practicing educators, corporate trainers, and anyone responsible to e-Learning with an opportunity to understand the effects that any use of emerging technologies have on the practice of learning, and how pedagogies need to be aligned to ensure positive learning outcomes. Thus, the programme responds to the challenges and opportunities of the 21st Century education in developing nations through the lens of global trends.  

Programme for 2014

Our programmes are offered using mixed mode delivery approaches. There are four modules, each offered in a block format (i.e. 6-full days on campus, sandwiched by online activities pre and post the contact week).

Module    HEQF credits HEQF level Dates for 2014 Conveners

Emerging Technologies in Education


30  8 24-29 March Assoc Professor Dick Ng'ambi (SoE)

Learning, Teaching and Emerging Technologies


30        8 26-31 May Dr Cheryl Brown (CET) & Dr Joanne Hardman (SoE)

Online Learning Design


30    8         14-19 July Assoc Professor Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams (CET)

Research and Evaluation of Emerging Technologies


30    8        1-6 September Assoc Professor Dick Ng'ambi (SoE) & Dr Cheryl Brown (CET)


MEd by Research

All students enrolled for Masters attend an Advanced Educational Research Design and Methods module. This module is also strongly recommended for PhD students. The module prepares students on how to write a research proposal that answers an educational technology research question. The outcome of this module is a research proposal. A proposal is a prerequisite for registration into a masters or PhD studies.

In 2014 the Advanced Educational Technology Research Design and Methods module for is scheduled as follows:

Course    Provisional Dates for 2014 Course co-ordinator
EDN6015F Advanced Educational Research Design and Methods 3-8 February

Assoc Professor Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams  (CET) & Assoc Professor Dick Ng'ambi (SoE)

An applicant considering enrolment for a masters by dissertation only is required to satisfy the following requirements:
i)  The applicant should have a level 8 qualification (e.g. honours or equivalent qualification) with an average result of 65% or above.
ii) The content of the prior qualification should inform the proposed study
iii) The applicant should submit a working proposal (Guidelines with regard to the format are available on the SoE web site re
iv) Prior research experience would be an added advantage
In addition, acceptance is subject to the availability of a supervisor that has expertise in the proposed field.]



For more information about a PhD in the School of Education please see



Fees & Financial assistance

Fees 2014 -

Financial assistance

There are a small number of General scholarships available to UCT students and it is recommended that you contact the Postgraduate Funding

Funding specific to this programme

Competitive scholarships, courtesy of the Centre for Educational Technology through generous support of the Carnegie and Mellon foundations, are available to students who are citizens of an African nation.

The scholarship is specifically for PGDip (ET), MEd ICT in Education and a 2013-2016 PhD fellowship (Terms & Conditions apply).

(PLEASE note that you apply to UCT and for the Carnegie/Mellon Scholarship separately. The Scholarship is a departmental initiative and is dependent on UCT admission granting us your application qualification.

General funding -


Application procedure

Step 1:
If you considering studying for any of our programmes in 2014, kindly please complete the following online pre-application form:
 Every year we have more applicants than we can accept, so apply early.

Step 2:
Apply online at Please be careful: it is not a URL starting with www.
Do submit the declaration, certified copies of transcripts certificates from previous studies and passport.

Closing Date: 31 October, 2013

Please consult the stream leader A/Prof Dick Ng'ambi for any queries relating to these programmes.
School of Education
Tel: +27(0)21 650 4760

Admission queries
Mr Pedro Beziek
Graduate School of Humanities
Tel: + 27 (0)21 650 2462
Fax: +27 (0)21 650 5751

Carnegie/ Mellon Foundation Scholarship queries
Ms Wilma Adams
Centre for Educational Technology
Tel: + 27 (0)21 650 3477
Fax: +27 (0)21 650 5045
Associate Professor Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams
Centre for Educational Technology
Tel: +27(0)21 650 5030/3841
Fax: +27(0)21 650 5045

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