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Educational and learning technology
Technology-enhanced learning

Technology-enhanced learning

Qualifications Duration Start dates Application period
PhD or Professional doctorate PhD:
Full time: 3–4 years
Part time: 6–8 years
Professional doctorate:
Part time: 4–8 years
October November to January
PhD or Professional doctorate
Full time: 3–4 years
Part time: 6–8 years
Professional doctorate:
Part time: 4–8 years
Start dates
Application period
November to January

The Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) Cluster is located within the Institute of Educational Technology (IET).

Research interests in the TEL Cluster include Open Educational Resources (OER), citizen science, inquiry learning, participatory learning, accessibility of learning systems, learning design, technology-enhanced assessment, mobile learning, game-based learning, learning analytics, informal learning, social learning, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), professional and organisational learning, and understanding the changing experience of distance learning. Our expertise in these fields is world renowned and our researchers carry out exciting projects funded by organisations such as The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, ESRC, the Leverhulme Trust, the European Commission, Nominet Trust, and the UK Research Councils. IET has a strong background in linking research and practice, directly influencing OU teaching, and providing expertise for FutureLearn. In 2013 IET was granted the first ever Regius Professorship in Open Education to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Students’ research will be within one of the Institute’s four Research and Innovation programmes:

  • Learning Futures
  • Learning in an Open World
  • Learning Analytics and Learning Design
  • Professional and Digital Learning.

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree (or equivalent) and an MA or research methods training at MA level (or equivalent). If you are not a UK citizen, you may need to prove your knowledge of English.

Potential research projects

Current/recent research projects

  • ADMINS (Assistants to the Disclosure and Management of Information about Needs and Support)
  • EduCS (Educating citizens and organisations in Citizen Science methodologies)
  • E-SLP (European SLPs for continuous professional development and lifelong learning)
  • Fleming Fund: Tackling Antimicrobial Resistance
  • LEARN CitSci (LEARN CitSci: Learning and Environmental science Agency Research Network for Citizen Science )
  • nQuire
  • OWL (Open World Learning)
  • CitSci Edu (Understanding and improving the experience of educators engaging young people in citizen science activities)

Potential supervisors

Fees and funding

PhD fees

UK fee International fee
Full time: £4,500 per year Full time: £11,426 per year
Part time: £2,250 per year Part time: £5,715 per year

Professional doctorate fees

UK fee International fee
Part time: £3,427 per year Part time: £8,702 per year

Some of our research students are funded via The Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership and the Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership; others are self-funded.

For detailed information about fees and funding, and to see current funded studentship vacancies across all research areas, visit Fees and studentships.


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How to apply

Get in touch

If you have an enquiry specific to this research topic, please contact:

Dr Inma Álvarez, Director of Postgraduate Research Studies
Phone: +44 (0)1908 659169

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