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Online PGCert Design for Learning Environments

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Build better ways to learn

Advance with world-class learning at a top-100, leading university

Adopt diverse skills in design, technology, social science, data science and more to excel as an innovative learning designer across multiple industries with the Online PGCert Design for Learning Environments from the University of Birmingham. As one of the largest providers of distance and blended learning in the UK, you’ll learn how to educate others from experts in education whilst interacting with a rich culture of predominantly international students. If you’re not quite ready for this programme, try one module at a time with our online short courses option, where credits count toward this certificate!

The University of Birmingham has the strength and variety of programmes to suit your individual needs and interests, backed by the academic expertise and influence, support and facilities of a top 100 public research and teaching university. You’ll benefit from both academic and personal development to achieve success and ensure your degree is an asset in your future prospects.

“Studying online ensures an internationally composed classroom. It adds substance and inspiration from different people and from different cultures. I find this enriching to online sessions, discussions and networking.”

Helena Feibert, Online Graduate

Enjoy short sessions and unique coursework to improve others’ learning outcomes

Designed for working professionals who demand a flexible option for advanced learning, this specialised certificate offers you the opportunity to build up a skill set that directly translates to practice. You’ll be taking part in interactive learning with some of the best practitioners and designers in today’s learning environments. Get crafty with innovative techniques as you participate in hands-on experiences that build both digital and traditional learning platforms knowledge. Here are the courses included in this 60-credit programme:

Design and design thinking

Learn about the role and skills of the designer and examine the processes used to develop designs and designed artefacts that deliver user experiences in any learning environment.

Developing digital artefacts for learning

In this course, you’ll further enrich your understanding of the learning process by creating your own digital artefacts for use in a learning environment using a piece of contemporary technology.

Communicating design stories

Learn to pitch an idea and present a design to a variety of different stakeholders while enhancing your own learning experience through group feedback and ‘flipped learning’.

Applied data science for learning environments

Understand the fundamentals of data analysis using appropriate tools and frameworks to evaluate teaching and learning and report findings to a variety of audiences with the aim of understanding the effectiveness of learning.

Perspectives on learning

Exploring different perspectives on how we learn and how to help others learn, you will cover the behavioural, cognitive, social and networked perspectives on learning and evaluate approaches for application in your own learning environment.

Sociotechnical learning environments

Analyse learning environments from the perspective of connecting the social, physical and digital in networks of the human and non-human to challenge perspectives of online and offline learning.

Entry requirements

To be eligible to apply for the Online PGCert Design for Learning Environments, you will need to have obtained (or be predicted to obtain) an upper second-class degree or postgraduate diploma from a UK university OR an equivalent qualification from a recognised institution OR a lower second-class degree with 2 years’ work experience (in design, computing or education) OR no degree with 5+ years’ work experience.

International students

If English is not your first language, you will need to also supply an up-to-date English language certificate. We accept up-to-date Academic IELTS certificates with a score of 6.0, and no less than 5.5 in any of the elements.

Start dates

  • February
  • June
  • October


1 year

Create learning environments that propel students forward

Enrich your career with an advanced level of learning processes knowledge. As our global population seeks to advance in their careers through online learning platforms, more skilled professionals like you are needed to step into roles that prepare them with exceptional learning environments. Whether it’s in a workplace, home setting or an in-person experience, learning platforms, courses, manuals, storyboards and more must be developed and designed by professionals possessing this unique skill set. The field of instructional design is ready for graduates of this programme. Become an e-learning professional as an instructional designer1 to step into a rewarding career, enhancing existing courses with technological components.2

Top 10 roles for instructional designers

  1. Learning designer
  2. Head of e-learning
  3. E-learning designer
  4. Learning technologist
  5. Academic developer in learning technology
  6. Digital learning officer
  7. Learning adviser
  8. Learning developer
  9. Instructional designer
  10. E-learning developer

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