Technical Communication & E-Learning

The MA in Technical Communication and E-Learning focuses on online content development for technical and professional communication, and e-learning. UL has run programmes in technical communication and instructional design for over 20 years. This MA programme won the Grad Ireland Best Postgraduate Course (Arts and Humanities) in 2018 and 2019. The judges observed that the programme is "engaged Offered on-campus and online and responsive" and exceeds students' expectations.

The MA in Technical Communication and E-Learning is offered full-time over one-year, or part-time over two years. Alternatively, it is possible to pursue this qualification through online/blended study (either fulltime or part-time).

Entry requirements

Applicants must have a primary degree in any discipline (2.2 honours or higher at Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland). Applicants who do not have a primary degree can apply to be considered through RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning).

Applicants must have a high standard of written English, and will be required to submit a personal statement outlining their reasons for applying, as part of the application process. Applicants are expected to be proficient in using standard office applications (e.g. MS Word, PowerPoint, and Excel). They must also be proficient in searching the Internet and familiar with using electronic communication tools (including email, chat rooms, and discussion forums). Applicants may be required to attend/ participate in interviews to determine their suitability for the programme.
English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:

•Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved

•Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above

•TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)

•IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5 with no less than 6 in any one component.

•English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1

•GCE 'O' level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above

•Cambridge Assessment English –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade B

•GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6

Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education for advice.

Subjects taught

Programme Content

Autumn Semester
• Principles of Professional and Technical Communication and Information Design
• Instructional Design
• Theory of Technical Communication
• Research Methods in Technical Communication and E-Learning

Spring Semester
• Workplace Issues in Technical and Professional Communication
• E-Learning Theories and Practices
• Interactive Courseware Workshop
• Learning and Collaboration Technologies

Summer Semester
• Dissertation/ Project

Part Time programme content

Year 1

Autumn Semester
• TW5211 Principles of Professional and Technical Communication and Information Design
• EL6041 Instructional Design

Spring Semester
•TW5212 Workplace Issues in Technical and Professional Communication
• EL6072 Interactive Courseware Workshop

Summer Semester
• (No modules in the summer semester of year one)

Year 2

Autumn Semester
• TW5221 Theory of Technical Communication
• RM6031 Research Methods in Technical Communication and E-Learning

Spring Semester
• EL6052 E-Learning Theories and Practices
• EL6082 Learning and Collaboration Technologies Semester

Spring Semester
• EL6013 Dissertation/ Project


1 Year, Full Time or 2 Years, Part Time.
Offered on-campus and online.

Enrolment dates

Start Date: 09/Sep/2019

Post Course Info

Graduates will be unique in Ireland, qualified to work as both instructional designers and technical writers, and in a variety of related roles such as editing, web design, interaction design, and technology journalism.

Graduate job titles include:
Technical writer
Instructional designer
Digital project specialist
Learning developer
E-learning support specialist
Information designer
Information developer
Content developer
Publication manager
Content curator
Information development manager
Content specialist
Digital editor
Web content strategist

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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