Master of Learning Sciences and Technology

Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma

The Master of Learning Sciences and Technology (MLS&T) is an innovative academic program that caters to people wishing to gain expert skills and knowledge in designing successful learning experiences with technology. 

The Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are generalist qualifications. At master's level, two specialised streams are offered: Professional and Research.

Professionals in eLearning

The Professional Stream is designed for those who work, or wish to work, in the field of eLearning within companies, government organisations or educational institutions. It is intended to help those seeking to advance their careers in the field by providing them with expert knowledge, structured experience, and an internationally recognised qualification. This stream is suited to individuals wishing to work as managers, designers, advisers, educators or specialists in technology-supported learning. It includes core subjects in emerging educational technologies, and the psychology and design of eLearning, as well as change management, organisational learning and systems thinking.

Researchers of ICT-supported learning

The Research Stream is intended for those who wish to conduct research into ICT-supported learning and are likely to progress to a PhD in the field. It includes core units of study that cover emerging educational technologies, research frontiers, and the psychology and design of technology-supported learning. This stream includes a dissertation on a topic of the student's choice.

Unique to this program

MLS&T is taught by staff at the Centre for Research on Computer-supported Learning and Cognition (Coco Research Centre) which operates within Sydney's Faculty of Education and Social Work. The CoCo Research Centre is a world-leading centre for research in learning sciences and it has some of the world's prominent learning scientists. The MLS&T program is both targeted and flexible. Study options include full-time and part-time study. Units are created from the ground up using research-based expertise emerging from the learning sciences, and provide unparalleled insight into the design, management and research of technology-supported learning. Through the CoCo Research Centre, students gain access to specialised technologies and facilities, including a combination of virtual and physical space equipped with the latest learning technology.

Entry requirements

Proof of English-language proficiency must be provided with enrolment applications from some Australian and all international students for whom English is a second language.

As well, all applicants must submit proof of one of the following with their applications:

  • a bachelor's degree or equivalent in education, information technology, arts (informatics), psychology, or computer science and technology

  • any undergraduate degree from the University of Sydney or equivalent institution and either relevant postgraduate studies or one-year's full-time professional experience in a field applicable to the MLS&T course content.

Applicants with experience or qualifications that they believe are equivalent to those listed above should make an enquiry to discuss their eligibility.

Course structure

The four core units of study listed below comprise the graduate certificate; completing two units of study from the electives' list as well as the core units constitutes a graduate diploma.

The master's Research Stream comprises the four core units of study as well as a dissertation; Learning Technology Research Frontiers (EDPC5025); and either Evaluating Learning Tech. Innovation (EDPC5012) or Developing a Research Project (EDPK5003). Candidates may choose to complete their dissertations in either one semester, by enrolling in Dissertation (EDPZ6720), or two, by enrolling in Dissertation Part 1 (EDPZ6724) followed by Dissertation Part 2 (EDPZ6725).

The Professional Stream consists of the four core units of study in addition to Special Project 1 (EDPZ6730); Special Project 2 (EDPZ6731); Evaluating Learning Tech. Innovation (EDPC5012); and one elective unit of study from the list published below.

Classes in both streams are scheduled after standard working hours (normally from 5–7pm) to accommodate students in full-time employment. The four core units of study are delivered in flexible mode consisting of a mix of face-to-face meetings and online sessions of group activity.

Core units of study – both streams

Core units of study – research stream

Core units of study – professional stream

Elective units of study – research stream

Elective units of study – professional stream

Capstone units of study – research stream

Capstone units of study – professional stream

Further study

The MLS&T(Research) is tailored to for students who wish to pursue a career in research in the learning sciences and technology-supported learning. Only students who successfully complete the Research Stream with an exemplary academic record can apply to the PhD program.


Tuition fees vary according to candidates' citizenship and are reviewed annually. The most up-to-date estimate for MLS&T(Research) course fees can be found under Fees & Admissions. For the most up-to-date estimate for MLS&T(Professional) course fees can be found under Fees & Admissions. Comprehensive information about payment of international fees is available from the International Student Office fee-payment page.

More information

The CoCo Research Centre maintains an independent web presence where additional information about this course, including FAQs, is published.