MSc Educational Assessment

This new two-year part-time MSc programme has been introduced at a time when high quality educational assessment is recognised as a core element of a strong education system.

The aim of the course is to provide researchers and professionals with the skills to develop and improve educational assessments in their own settings.  Students will gain technical and statistical knowledge in assessment and engage with the design and evaluation of educational assessments, as well as come away with a sound understanding of the field, including high stakes assessment systems.

The course combines teaching sessions within the Department and online support through the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (WebLearn).  In the second year of the course students will receive supervision of dissertation projects from a University supervisor with expertise in a particular subject.

Assessment will be through an assignment for each unit, plus a dissertation in the final term of the second year.  Areas covered in the assessments include:  assessment issues and practice, assessment design and statistical evaluation of assessment data; assessment analysis; teacher assessment; international large-scale assessments; advanced analysis techniques.

On completion of the course, graduates will have a sound understanding of the design of assessment systems, the options available and their implications.  They will be able to analyse the quality of assessments and engage in research, policy and practice questions in an informed and critical manner.

This Masters qualification will have an impact upon the quality of educational assessments in a wide range of settings by enhancing assessment skills and increasing opportunities for progression to senior positions in educational assessment organisations both nationally and internationally.

The MSc is directed by Dr Jenny Lenkeit. A wide range of lecturers from across the Department teach on the course providing students with core generic and subject-specific teaching and supervision.  As well as the course director, lecturers include Professor Jo-Anne Baird, Dr Therese Hopfenbeck, Dr Joshua McGrane, Dr Daniel Caro and Dr Yasmine El Masri.  Guest lectures may also be given by Visiting academics and practitioners.

Please ensure that you read the MSc Educational Assessment FAQs and notes of guidance provided by the Graduate Admissions Office before submitting your application.

Any enquiries about the course should be directed to the Professional Programmes Office:

University of Oxford
Department of Education
15 Norham Gardens
Oxford OX2 6PY
Tel: 01865 274021



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