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Online and Distance Education

At the Institute of Educational Technology (IET) you are guaranteed high-quality modules and programmes developed by leading academics and world-class experts, some with over 30 years' experience.  We are pioneers and world-leaders in the design, content and delivery of open and online distance education.  Our MA in Online and Distance Education (ODE) (F10) has been successful since it began in 1997.  It offers you the opportunity to study theory and practice of online, open and distance education supported by our online tutors, working with materials written and developed by IET's experienced academics.  You will work at the forefront of the latest developments, experiencing online learning at first hand. 

You can study wherever you can access the internet – our student groups are international. The ODE postgraduate programme is ideal for those who want to study part-time at a distance for postgraduate qualifications in this rapidly expanding field. Find out what some of our previous students say about how the programme has benefited them.

The ODE Programme comprises the following postgraduate qualifications:

Pathways through the MAODE modules can be found in this downloadable PDF.

The qualification you gain will depend on how many modules of the ODE Programme you choose to study.

Our postgraduate Certificate, Diploma and MA degrees are open to applicants from many areas of education and training who have a first degree or are otherwise equipped to study at postgraduate level..  Two 60-credit modules and three 30-credit modules are offered within the ODE Programme.

The ODE qualifications are intended for your professional development. We offer a flexible approach to learning that allows you to fit studies alongside professional and domestic commitments.  Our innovative methods include using Blackboard Collaborate for online tutorials and the Moodle Virtual Learning Environment.

The programme has been designed to meet the academic and professional needs of practitioners (and intending practitioners) in a variety of areas such as education, health care, voluntary organizations and the public and private sector, such as lecturers, teachers, trainers, support staff, educational technologists, media specialists, learning systems managers, librarians, learning centre advisory staff, etc from a range of knowledge domains.

For further details on individual modules please click on the links below:

Learning outcomes for this qualification can be found at

Learning outcomes for each module can be found at:

The Professor Robin Mason prize is awarded annually in her honour via a competition for MAODE alumni.  Read what the winners say about what the MAODE means to them.