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  • Study Type

    Distance learning available

  • Subject Areas

    Education

  • Start Date

    See Course

  • Course Duration

    36 months distance learning

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

    website

  • Last Updated

    06 November 2018

Course content

This online distance learning programme engages critically with major issues in assessment, a highly significant topic for education systems across the world. It develops skills of assessment in relation to individual learners, to classrooms and schools and to local, national and international systems.

Why this programme

  • You will reflect on and critique theory, cutting-edge research and current policies and practice in assessment and consider the impact of these on social justice.
  • You will have opportunities to collaborate and network with peers from a variety of work contexts and locations, to support critical reflection, peer and self-assessment and effective use of online distance learning.
  • You will consider how research, policy and practice interact in the development of often contested innovations in educational assessment across the globe.
  • The programme blends theory, research, practice and policy and explores the relationships between assessment and the promotion of social justice.
  • You will be taught by academics who have been employed in the development of national policy in assessment and have experience in the practices of classroom education and a commitment to social justice.
  • Teaching staff have considerable experience in international cooperation: in research in assessment, as consultants to a number of governments and in employment by international organisations.

Programme structure

You will take four core and two optional courses across years 1 and 2. In year 3 you complete a piece of independent research, normally in the form of a dissertation. The programme is fully delivered online utilising innovative technologies within a fully supported and interactive learning environment.

Core courses

  • Assessment for improvement, accountability and social justice
  • Assessment for learning and progression
  • Principles and practice of research
  • Principles and theory of assessment for social justice.

Optional courses may include

  • Curriculum, assessment and pedagogy: International perspectives
  • Curriculum, assessment and pedagogy: Understanding learners
  • Socially just assessment futures in the school context
  • Theoretical underpinning and practical issues in tests and examinations.

Programme alteration or discontinuation

The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.

Career prospects

This programme addresses needs recognised as significant for local, national and international students, both teachers and policy makers. It will build a network of graduates who have high-level knowledge, skills, and capabilities in assessment. The knowledge, skills and academic and professional standing gained will enable you to contribute effectively to local and national policy making in your own context. You will also be well equipped to undertake further study through doctoral research.


Visit the Assessment in Education (MSc) page on the University of Glasgow website for more details!

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