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How long you will study
1 - 2 year

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How you will study
full-time, part-time

Course starts
January, April, October

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About Educational Assessment at University College London

This masters degree will:

  • investigate the purposes and potential uses of formative and summative assessment and the relationship between the two
  • critically review assessment of learning and assessment for learning
  • deepen your understanding of the principal concepts of educational testing and their uses.

This masters degree provides the opportunity to:

  • join the only MA programme in London affiliated with the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors (CIEA)
  • become an automatic member of the CIEA
  • benefit from fast track to chartered assessor status, on successful completion of the programme
  • submit articles to Passed Papers, the CIEA journal.
Who is this programme for?

Teachers, educational administrators, examinations officers, inspectors and education policy-makers who want to improve their skills and understanding about assessment issues and practices – assessment for learning, formative and summative assessment, educational measurement and research.

Entry requirements

A good first degree.

Core topics
  • Assessment issues and practice
  • Educational testing.
Related topics
  • Assessment for learning
  • Education research.
How are you assessed?

By coursework assignments of up to 5,000 words, and a 20,000-word dissertation or a 10,000-word report.


Face-to-face sessions.

Where do our students go?

This is a recently established MA programme. Graduates of IOE studies in education and assessment are currently working as:

  • staff at the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors
  • head of department, deputy heads and headteachers in UK schools
  • researchers and lecturers in universities.


Core modules
  • Assessment: Issues and Practice
  • Investigating Research Into Schooling, Curriculum, Teaching And Learning
Recommended modules
  • Assessment for Learning
  • Educational Testing

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1. Students are normally required to have a minimum overall IELTS score of 7.0 for direct entry, with a score of no lower than 6.0 for writing and 6.5 for reading. 2. A good first degree.

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