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Education (Assessment) MA UCL Institute of Education, University of London



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The MA Education (Assessment) route investigates theories, practice, policies and uses of educational assessments. Our modules focus on key issues in assessment practice including summative and formative theories and the relationships between the two. Students who take this MA learn with world-leading experts in the field of assessment and leave with key skills that they are able to use in a range of workplaces or take on to further study at doctoral level.

?About this degree

Students who complete the MA Education (Assessment) are able to interrogate assessment from practice-based, philosophical, historical and sociological perspectives. Our students learn to think critically, to engage with a range of assessment resources and understand principal concepts in educational assessment so they can engage effectively with policy and practice in assessment locally, nationally and globally.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment Department at UCL Institute of Education is a world-leading centre for the study of curriculum, teaching and learning and assessment. The MA Education (Assessment) is the only Masters level course of its kind in Europe.

The department provides an impressive range of cutting-edge MA and CPD programmes, variously presented in face-to-face, distance learning or mixed mode formats. In addition we offer a first-class doctoral programme and staff members are actively involved in an extensive range of innovative, nationally and internationally acclaimed, research and development projects.

Our students come from around the world and their input and experiences ensure a learning experience that is rich and diverse. Students on the MA Education (Assessment) include full-time students who are learning alongside part-time peers who might include practising teachers and lecturers, awarding body staff members, education policymakers and educational researchers; this diverse student body ensures a rich and engaging learning experience for all.


Graduates of this programme are employed in a diverse range of roles and educational settings, for example, as teachers, heads of department in schools and colleges, as staff in awarding organisations, education policy makers and as educational researchers. Recent graduates from our programme have used their new professional expertise to apply for promotions at work, to develop a new role focused on assessment and others have gone on to undertaken a doctorate focused on assessment.


Our graduates leave with a strong skills set applicable to a range of workplace settings; their professional in-depth knowledge of assessment systems and policies enhance any role in a school or education workplace. Our students learn to work in teams and develop key skills in time management working to a demanding set of individual deadlines. Graduates will demonstrate a genuine commitment to learning and, along with sound problem solving skills, are able to think critically about key educational issues and articulate their theoretical expertise through a range of excellent written and spoken communication skills.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Education (Assessment) MA.

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees

£23,300.00 (23,94,499) per year

Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary.




London, Bloomsbury

17-19, Gordon Street,


WC1H 0AH, England

Entry requirement for international students

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 welcomed, but not a requirement. IELTS: Overall grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each of the subtests. TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 100 with 24/30 in reading and writing and 20/30 in speaking and listening.

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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