Taught course

Language Testing (Distance)

Lancaster University · Linguistics and English Language

Entry requirements

A good second class honours degree, or its equivalent. Applicants must normally have three years of teaching experience and/or hold a post with responsibility for language test design, construction and evaluation.

Months of entry

January, October

Course content

This programme is designed to meet the needs of professionals who have responsibilities for language testing and evaluation at institutional, regional or national level. It provides you with a solid grounding in language test design, construction and evaluation, and in research design. This ensures that the testing and evaluation policies you create within your own contexts conform to international standards of validity and reliability.

With a three-day orientation seminar to launch the course, five online modules, and a dissertation, it is ideal for part-time learning. It offers opportunities to base your coursework and dissertation on issues within your own educational contexts.


Language Test Construction and Evaluation

Background to Applied Linguistics for Language Testing

Issues in Language Testing

Research Methods

Statistics for Language Testing

Information for international students

IELTS: 6.5 (with at least 6.0 in listening and speaking and at least 6.5 in reading and writing) or equivalent.

Fees and funding

UK students
Annual Fee £3,770
International students
Annual Fee £8,060

See website for more details on funding.

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Coordinator
+44 (0)1524 593028