12 months
4290 GBP/year
4290 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Gain the skills and knowledge to design innovative teaching programmes which meet the diverse needs of learners and organisations.

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Build a brighter future in digital education

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.

This year has challenged organisations to think differently about education and professional development, and to design learning interventions in new, innovative and pragmatic ways.  

As such, students on this Design for Learning Environments programme from University of Birmingham online  will be exposed to ways of thinking and design which embrace such pragmatism and innovation.

The course incorporates design, technology, education, social sciences, data science and digital development to provide you with a rich diversity of perspectives. You will work with academics, active practitioners and designers of learning environments from the fields of education, computer science, theoretical physics and engineering - each bringing their own unique disciplinary perspectives to instructional design.

Shape your own learning experience

By exposing you to different disciplines and perspectives, the Design for Learning Environment PGCert shapes your own learning experience. You will be encouraged to collaborate with fellow students, academics and practitioners from diverse backgrounds to create a portfolio of assessed work, including instructional design exercises, digital development and data analysis.

If you would like to study module by module, we also offer Design for Learning Environments short courses. These courses provide the same experience as the PGCert, but are divided into individual, 8-week modules, each worth 10 credits. So, you can flexibly ‘stack’ each module to achieve the full PGCert over a longer period of time.

Programme Structure

The Online PGCert Design for Learning Environments is a 60-credit programme which takes one year to complete. There are six 10-credit modules, each module lasting 8 weeks in total. 

  • Design and design thinking   
  • Developing digital artefacts for learning   
  • Applied data science for learning environments   
  • Perspectives on learning   
  • Sociotechnical learning environments 
  • Communicating design stories 

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS admission requirements IELTS


60 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS

Other requirements

General 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 equivalent from a UK university or an equivalent qualification from a recognised institution. 

If you do not meet the academic entry criteria, we will accept applications with a second-class degree or equivalent qualification from a UK university or recognised institution with evidence of at least 2 years of relevant work experience in design, computing, or education. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    4290 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4290 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    4290 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4290 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
  • This can be paid in full or in instalments of £715 every 8 weeks.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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