Research course

Research Degrees in English Language Learning and Assessment

University of Bedfordshire · Division of Language and Communication

Entry requirements

  • A Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics, Language Testing or related area, or equivalent
  • Experience of working in language learning and assessment
  • IELTS score band 7.0 or above in all four skills (for international applicants)

Months of entry


Course content

The Centre provide's supervision at the levels of MPhil, PhD and MA by research in the fields of English language assessment, and related areas of language learning. Student research proposals are particularly welcome in the areas of:

  • academic literacy and language proficiency
  • aligning tests to frameworks such as the CEFR
  • assessing English for specific purposes, e.g. aviation, medicine
  • assessing language skills across the proficiency spectrum
  • cognitive processing in language tests
  • computer technologies in language assessment
  • developing assessment literacy among test stakeholders
  • formative assessment and assessment for learning
  • test development and validation
  • the construct(s) of language proficiency
  • the history of language assessment
  • washback and the use and impacts of language tests and assessments
  • discourse analysis of speaking assessments and classroom interactions
  • materials design for language teaching

Fees and funding

For details on the financial support on offer at the University of Bedfordshire please visit the Research Graduate School website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Research Graduate School
0300 3300 073