Admissions criteria

Candidates applying for the MSc Educational Assessment should meet the following specific admissions criteria.

Admissions will be dependent upon a good degree in a relevant subject such as psychology, social sciences, education, statistics or applied linguistics, normally with at least an upper second class or its equivalent. Applicants are expected to have some professional experience in assessment, but those working in a related field and wishing to enter future educational assessment professions are considered, too. The personal statement will need to make a convincing case for the applicant’s professional experience of educational assessment and/or their desire to contribute to the field in terms of research or practice.

The course is suitable for assessment professionals from all countries, irrespective of the educational assessment system that is operational in their contexts. The teaching team have a wide experience of working with different assessments and practices and in teaching in different cultural contexts, in both industrialised and non-industrialised countries.

Entry will also be dependent on:

  • Proven and potential academic excellence. Appropriate indicators will include two or more highly positive references, academic transcripts or their equivalent in English showing excellent achievement, one or two samples of work in English showing high levels of academic or scholarly ability, and good performance at face-to-face or electronically mediated interview.
  • Evidence to suggest that they have the academic ability and commitment to pursue the chosen course to a successful conclusion within the required time limits.
  • Suitability of the course to the academic interests and abilities to which they have drawn attention in their application.
  • Evidence of the ability to undertake part-time study (which may include evidence of support from an employer).

Decisions on routes through the course are made by the Course Director when applications are reviewed.

Within equal opportunities principles and legislation, applications will be assessed in the light of a candidate’s proven and potential academic excellence. Along with the specific criteria listed above, applicants will also normally meet the standard criteria:

  • All applicants are normally expected to have achieved a good Honours degree (normally 2.1 or equivalent international qualifications, such as a GPA of at least 3.6/4.0) in a relevant subject. Applicants must submit full details of qualifications (transcripts, certificates or diplomas).
  • Whilst entry is highly competitive, each application is considered on an individual basis, ensuring that candidates are well-matched to their chosen course, and have the ability and potential to benefit from the course.
  • Positive professional and academic references, supporting the applicant’s intellectual ability, academic achievement, and motivation.
  • A statement of purpose, explaining the reasons for applying to the programme and highlighting relevant academic and professional experience.
  • Performance at interview(s) that are normally held as part of the admissions process.
  • Work and professional experience in a relevant area.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English are usually required to provide evidence of proficiency in English at the higher level required by the University.

The following factors govern whether candidates are offered a place:

  • The ability of the department to provide the appropriate supervision, research opportunities, teaching and facilities for the student’s chosen area of work.
  • Limits to the numbers of students who may be admitted onto the department’s research and taught programmes.
  • Appropriate supervision may not be available for a particular area of academic study.
  • Well-qualified candidates may not be offered a place because other candidates have been judged to have greater academic ability.

Equal opportunity is promoted at every stage of the application procedure. Funding is not taken into consideration in the decision to offer a place. It is not normally possible to defer an offer of a place, and any decision to reapply will lead to a full reassessment, with decisions made in relation to the new competitive field.

Graduate supervision is the responsibility of the department as a whole and it is not always possible to accommodate the preferences of incoming graduate students to work with a particular member of staff.

It should also be noted that acceptance gives no guarantee of final success, and that all courses require the student to develop their learning and skills.

Page last modified: September 5, 2017