Taught course

Educational Assessment

Institution
Durham University · School of Education
Qualifications
MSc

Entry requirements

A good honours degree at 2:1 (or equivalent). Significant relevant experience will also be considered.

Months of entry

October

Course content

The MSc in Educational Assessment has been developed to meet the need for specialists in educational assessment within schools and more widely within the education system. The course is based on the extensive expertise in the School of Education at Durham University. You will learn to construct and use tests, classroom assessments, interviews, school inspections and more. The course is 'hands-on'; candidates learn about the theory of assessment and the challenges associated with assessment, but there is also a strong focus on providing training in the conducting of assessment. The course has strong links to the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors (CIEA).

The course aims to produce specialists who are well equipped to work in assessment in many areas of education. We want these specialists to have good knowledge and skills and be well prepared for the tasks they undertake. Specifically, the course aims:

  • To develop knowledge and awareness of the importance and many roles of assessment in education, and to enable students to engage with debate and to reflect on how to meet the challenges of effective educational assessment;
  • To equip students with knowledge, understanding and relevant skills that will help them develop, deliver and analyse assessment at all levels of education, and to facilitate further research and scholarship in this important field.

This course will be of interest to international students as having effective assessment is a common challenge to any educational system. Looking around the world, we also find that trends in assessment, such as the drive towards assessment for learning and computer-based assessment, are an international rather than a local phenomena. The techniques and understanding achieved from the MSc in Educational Assessment, for this reason, are relevant to most nations. The intention of the full-time international programme is to bring together students from different nations and educational systems, including the UK system, to demonstrate and explore general issues in a local context. Generic theories and techniques will be taught, but students are encouraged to choose examples from their own educational system when exploring these in assignments and other tasks.

It is, understood that studying in a different country includes extra challenges. We therefore run special tutorial groups for international students. This happens every week during term time, and students are taken through a programme designed to enhance and develop the academic skills required at a UK university. These tutorials also have a strong social element, providing an opportunity to meet with staff and students on other courses (the tutorials share many of the sessions with international students from other postgraduate courses in the School of Education).

Course structure:

The course comprises four x 30 credit taught modules plus a 60 credit dissertation of up to 15,000 words. On a part-time basis, students study two modules per year in both year one and in year two and the dissertation in year three. On a full-time basis, students study all modules and the dissertation within one year.

Core Modules:

  • Standardised Tests and Exams (30 credits) – Part-time students must take this module as a pre-requisite to the Judgement-based Assessment module
  • Classroom Assessment (30 credits)
  • Judgement-based Assessment (30 credits)
  • Research Methods in Education (30 credits)
  • MSc Dissertation (60 credits).

Information for international students

Please check the English langauge requirements for your subject and level of study.

Fees and funding

UK students
7350
International students
17350

Please see the funding page for more details.

Qualification and course duration

MSc

part time
36 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Enquiries
Email
study@durham.ac.uk
Phone
(0)191 334 1000