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Digital Literacies and Learning

Develop your understanding of digital literacy issues on this new Masters programme at Liverpool John Moores University. This distance learning programme invites you to fit your studies around your existing commitments.

•Obtain in-depth understanding of UK and international digital literacy issues, practices and policies
•Develop the skills, principles and practices to use digital tools effectively, safely and ethically
•Design and lead digital literacy initiatives in schools, universities and other sectors

Flexible provision is at the core of this distance learning programme. Study at your own rate and fit your learning around your other commitments, without travel and accommodation costs.

As a part-time student you will study two taught topics per year in years one and two and the dissertation in year three.

Core areas of study will include research approaches and methodologies and you will also complete a 60 credit dissertation.

LJMU has a comprehensive collection of digital resources for off-campus study. Our team of expert librarians and dedicated subject specialists are on hand to offer support and advice remotely.

Entry requirements

Entrants should hold a relevant bachelors degree or equivalent in the social sciences, education or an education-related discipline at 2:2 level or higher. Applicants who do not hold an honours degree in one of the above areas will be considered on their individual merits in relation to the programme. Professional experience, publications, CPD activities and other suitable evidence of accomplishment and aptitude will be taken into consideration.

LJMU welcomes applications from international students. In addition to normal entry requirements, you will be expected to demonstrate a very good level of English language competence, for example an IELTS score of 6.0-6.5 or equivalent. Please note: specific courses may require higher levels of English language competence.

If you have applied to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PhD at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. It can take four to six weeks to receive an ATAS certificate, so please make sure you apply as early as possible. You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website. Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance.

Please note: international students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part time. Students entering the UK on alternate types of visa may be in a position to study part time. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details before making your application.

In order to obtain a visa you will also need to show evidence that the money required to cover your tuition fees and living expenses has been in your bank account for at least 28 days prior to submitting your visa application. So please make sure that your finances are in place before applying. For more details, go to our international website.

Course modules

Modules include: Digital literacies dominant theories and practices; the digital practitioner or researcher; internet and information literacy; the social aspects of data and information in practice; use of information and record management systems; ethics and data visualisation; research approaches and methodologies; dissertation.

Assessment methods

Modules are assessed entirely by coursework. Typically, coursework assignments are up to 5,000 words and your dissertation will be up to 20,000 words.


All full and part-time students enrolled on postgraduate taught programmes at LJMU are liable to pay an annual tuition fee. You can opt to pay your tuition fees in full at the start of each academic year or pay by instalments. 


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MA Part-time September 2018 GBP 35 (Credit) Home/EU 2 Years

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