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We live in a digital world in an information age, which influences all fields.

Within the education field, pedagogy, instruction, content distribution, administration, and philosophy are all changing in response to digitisation. These changes will likely continue and will intersect with even more change brought about by globalisation.

A key feature of digital education, one of the crucial trends for future education, is the use of digital tools and technology in instructional practice.

Digital education is concerned with how teachers, schools, and administrators can harness the power of technology to empower learners.

The MSc Digital Education programme prepares professionals for an educational field that has been disrupted by innovative technologies.

The programme is housed in the Academy of Future Education, which is dedicated to exploring, supporting, and disseminating philosophies and best practices for future education. At micro, meso, and macro levels, our students are immersed in a setting that confronts and shapes the global challenges of education.


  • You’ll learn from accomplished academic staff with a wide variety of international backgrounds;
  • You’ll have a diverse array of modules that address cutting-edge ideas and practices in education;
  • You get the chance to study at a Sino-foreign cooperative university, the first of its kind approved by the Ministry of Education in China;
  • You’ll gain advanced digital education knowledge and skills in an online-onsite blended teaching and learning environment;
  • You’ll develop professional skills via industry-involved educational and practical opportunities;
  • You’ll study and develop at the Academy of Future Education, an educational ecosystem dedicated to:

student-centred education and educational experiences
managing and leading change toward future education
technology-driven education innovation

  • The Syntegrative Learning module will provide semester-long opportunities to gauge the working environments connected to digital education, through undertaking different learning pathways in digital technology industries or finding your own under consultation with the academic staff; and
  • The Research Project module in the final semester will provide an opportunity to investigate questions and problems in digital education independently and in depth.


  • aspire to enter the education field in a job that uses digital technologies to enhance instructional practice;
  • hope to advance in your education career by equipping yourself with data and information competencies, learning analytics, and a vision of technology-enhanced education; and
  • want to explore new models for higher education that will exert a strong influence on the development and reform of education in China and the world.

Knowledge and skills

By the time you graduate from the MSc Digital Education programme, you will:

  • understand key concepts and practices of digital education in different educational contexts;
  • explore the ways through which education practices at different levels can be improved by means of digital innovations;
  • develop the ability to use a variety of digital tools and apply them in different educational settings or for different educational purposes;
  • have proficiency in online teaching and learning practices; and
  • enrich a critical thinking mindset and creative problem-solving skills using digital tools and technologies.
The MSc in Digital Education explores the intersection of advanced technology in education, modernity, and change. Students learn how instructional practice is facilitated by the use of technology through an international and interdisciplinary lens.
Dr Russell Fulmer
Programme director


  • Core modules

The University offers a broad range of activities aiming to enrich master students’ theoretical and experiential learning and professional development. Training, workshops and seminars, covering varieties of themes and topics, both generic and subject-specific, are often offered at both University and Academy/department levels. The Academy of Future Education and the Department of Educational Studies often invite scholars and professionals for featured lectures and workshops. You may be provided with opportunities to work as a teaching assistant, research assistant, or intern at XJTLU. Field trips or enterprise/organization visits may also be organized. Such courses or activities will not only support your academic studies in the master’s programme, but also provide you with important skills and capabilities for future employment and professional development.


Modules may be scheduled any time between 9:00 and 20:00, from Monday to Saturday.


MSc Digital Education prepares students for a career at the education frontier. Graduates with this degree may further their careers in the education field, such as by becoming a school instructor or an administrator, or pair their degrees with other specialities, like public affairs or media production.

The degree is multipurpose, and graduates can go into a range of jobs, such as:

  • education consultant
  • learning analytics specialist
  • digital learning specialist (project management and development of digital learning programming)
  • instructional designer
  • various positions at established educational technology (ed-tech) companies
  • various positions at ed-tech startup companies
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