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X9K009 Educational Assessment MSc Postgraduate Taught  2016


UCAS code X9K009
Degree MSc
Mode of study Part Time + Full Time
Duration 1 year (full-time) or 3 years (part-time)
Start Date 06-10-2016
Location Durham City
Department(s) Website
Telephone +44 (0)191 334 8374

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 programme combines the expertise of two leading institutions in assessment, the School of Education and CEM (Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring). Students learn to construct and use tests, classroom assessments, interviews, school inspections and more. The programme 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 into the conducting of assessment. Completion of the programme will enable you to apply for the status of Fellow with the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors (CIEA).

The programme aims to produce specialists who are well equipped to work in assessment within 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 programme 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.

Lectures take place 5pm-8pm on one evening per week (part-time) and two evenings per week (full-time), making the programme suitable for those who are in full-time employment.

Course structure

The programme 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
  • Classroom Assessment
  • Judgement-based Assessment
  • Research Methods in Education
  • Dissertation.

Course Learning and Teaching

Four 30 UCU taught modules are each designed to take 300 hours of student work, comprising:

  • Readings and preparation for teaching;
  • Teaching time;
  • Follow-up readings and tasks outside the taught element;
  • Independent study;
  • Assignment work.

There are 30 hours of contact teaching time per module (3 hours a week for ten weeks) with the remainder distributed through the other elements of the module.

In addition the supervised dissertation module offers one to one contact time - students are assigned individual supervisors from within the School of Education/CEM staff who assist with devising a suitable topic for study.

The aim of the academic tutorial system is to provide academic advice and support to students during the teaching and assessment of a module.

Academic support for the student is available via all of the following forms of contact:

  • Formal tutorials within teaching time.
  • Email and telephone: Students are encouraged to contact tutors with specific queries.
  • Group emails: The discussion board on DUO, the virtual learning environment, allows students to keep in touch with peers and staff to raise issues and get generic feedback.
  • Personal contact: Staff are available for individual consultation during office time.

All students are also strongly encouraged to attend research seminars at the School of Education throughout the academic year, when they will meet other students working on research degrees by thesis at Ph.D, Ed.D. or Masters level. Details of such sessions are available on the departmental website

Admissions Process

Subject requirements, level and grade

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

English Language requirements

Please check requirements for your subject and level of study.

How to apply

Fees and Funding

Full Time Fees

EU Student £7,000.00
Home Student £7,000.00
Island Student £7,000.00
International non-EU Student £15,700.00

Part Time Fees

Part-time fees are £1500 per 30 credits (home students), and £3100 per 30 credits (overseas students).

Please also check costs for colleges and accommodation.

Scholarships and funding

Career Opportunities

School of Education

Career opportunities in education are wide and include classroom teaching, educational leadership and management, administration and policy development.

For further information on career options and employability, including the results of the Destination of Leavers survey, student and employer testimonials and details of work experience and study abroad opportunities, please view our department web pages

Open days and visits

Pre-application open day

Overseas Visit Schedule

Postgraduate Visits


Department Information

School of Education


The School of Education is one of the leading departments for education in the UK. We are a large department, with around 50 academic staff, and nearly 700 postgraduate students (including our PGCE students, both primary and secondary).

We are also supported by a large number of partners from schools and colleges. We have strong international links welcoming international students, postdoctoral fellows and visiting scholars from all over the world. We are committed to research which engages with and has an impact upon practice and policy as well as influencing the wider research community to develop educational practice, education policy and future educational research.


Ranked joint 5th in the UK for World-Leading research and joint 1st for World-Leading research impact in REF 2014.