The Educational Assessment MA investigates the purposes and potential uses of formative and summative assessment and the relationship between the two. The course provides opportunities to review assessment of learning and assessment for learning, it develops students' understanding of principal concepts in educational testing and encourages critical engagement with policy development in educational assessment.
The programme provides students with the opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of assessment issues, practices and policies both in the UK and internationally. They will join the only MA programme in London affiliated with the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors (CIEA), benefiting also from fastrack to chartered assessor status, on successful completion of the programme.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of one core module (30 credits, and either three optional modules (90 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits), or a 30-credit report plus an additional optional module (credits).
There is just one core module for the MA Educational Assessment
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a 20,000-word dissertation or a 10,000-word report.
Depending on the modules taken, the programme is delivered through face-to-face evening sessions, intensive five day face-to-face daytime sessions, and or on-line. A typical evening face-to-face session consists of two and a half hours of lectures, dialogue, small group discussions, presentations and/or a range of other activities.
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.
Normally applicants are expected to have a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, and a clearly expressed interest in educational assessment, gained largely through experience. Teaching, assessment development and implementation, and/or policy experience is very welcomed, but not a requirement.