In everyday life, work, sports, and in research, we are constantly comparing and ranking people and their achievements. You are and have been tested, assessed, and evaluated throughout your life. The goal of the Master’s in Assessment, Measurement and Evaluation is to train students to become measurement specialists in the social and behavioural sciences.
About the programme
Measurement is the cornerstone of science and evidence-based practice. In the social sciences, we face the challenge of measuring human behaviour, thoughts, opinions, learning, performance, and so much more. A focus on evaluating the two key quality criteria for measurement instruments – reliability & validity – runs as a leading thread throughout the master programme.
Assessment refers to a wide variety of methods and measurement tools used for multiple purposes:
- Assessment of learning involves measurement of learning and achievement against set standards. It can happen on the individual, institutional or system level.
- Assessment for learning involves gathering evidence about individuals' knowledge, understanding and skills, throughout the teaching and learning process to inform instruction practices.
- Assessment as learning involves individuals actively monitoring their own learning and using a range of strategies to decide what they know and what they need to learn next.
Assessment data are systematically collected, analysed, and used to evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of various interventions, policy changes, programmes and project innovations. As assessments and evaluations have become essential in evidence-based education and business, there is a growing demand from both public and private sectors for professionals that bridge the field of academic research and professional practice.
The academic staff in the programme comes from many different countries across all continents. This allows us to give you a Norwegian, a Nordic, and an international perspective on assessment, measurement and evaluation. All courses are fully taught in English.
The University of Oslo is a publicly funded university and charges no application or tuition fees. This also applies to international students, no matter which country you come from.
This master's programme brings together students, teachers, and partner organisations from across the world.
- Courses are taught in English
- The academic staff come from many different countries across the continents. This allows us to give you a Norwegian, a Nordic, and an international perspective on assessment, measurement and evaluation.
- Through the overarching research centre CEMO, this academic programme connects with activities, applications, and partner organizations in government & industry. For some master's students, it will be possible to collaborate with one of these partners while writing your thesis.
Further studies and career opportunities
Upon completing the programme, you will have a versatile background that qualifies you to continue working as researcher within the social sciences or to work with statistics, data analytics, and measurements in private or government-owned enterprises.
Your methodological background gives you an edge when applying for PhD positions in different fields across the social sciences, both in Norway and abroad.