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Part time October MA 24 months, part-time

About the course

Our programme aims to meet the needs of professionals who have responsibilities for language testing and evaluation at institutional, regional or national level. The programme gives you the opportunity to develop a solid grounding in language test design, construction and evaluation, and in research design. Through the programme, we aim to support you in creating testing and evaluation policies within your own context that conform to international standards of validity and reliability.

The programme is also available as a Postgraduate Certificate - see details below.

With a short orientation seminar to launch the course, five online modules, and a dissertation, our programme is designed for part-time study over two years. We also offer opportunities to base your coursework and dissertation

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Entry Requirements

2:1 Hons degree (UK or equivalent) in a language/linguistics related degree or one with a number of language/linguistics-related subjects.
You will need to have three years of teaching experience and a current post with responsibility for language test design, construction and evaluation. We may consider alternative language teaching or testing backgrounds.


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Student Profile(s)

Gerard Seinhorst

The MA in Language Testing (by distance) is an ideal course for anyone who wants to acquire a thorough understanding of language testing but who cannot stay away from home or work for an extended period of time. The teaching staff makes every effort to compensate for the lack of face-to-face communication by giving personal, thought-provoking feedback on individual and group work. I have benefited greatly from this well-structured course, as it covers a wide variety of issues and topics pertinent to my workplace situation. I feel privileged to have been able to study under the guidance of such internationally renowned language testing experts.


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