Language Testing MA


Key information
Source: HOTCOURSES, November 2016.


Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Linguistic Studies

Course type


Course summary
Source: HOTCOURSES, November 2016.

This programme is designed to meet the needs of professionals who have responsibilities for language testing and evaluation at institutional, regional or national level. It provides you with a solid grounding in language test design, construction and evaluation, and in research design. This ensures that the testing and evaluation policies you create within your own contexts conform to international standards of validity and reliability.

With a compulsory three-day orientation seminar in Lancaster to launch the course, five online modules, and a dissertation, it is ideal for part-time learning. It offers opportunities to base your coursework and dissertation on issues within your own educational contexts.

Different course options
Source: HOTCOURSES, November 2016.

Study mode

Distance without attendance


24 months

Start date

Contact University

These are the sub-topics that you will study as part of this course.

Source: HOTCOURSES, November 2016.

Language Test Construction and Evaluation (distance) - Core

This module will familiarise you with the ways in which tests are constructed and evaluated. It will enable you to construct and evaluate your own tests and enable you to critically evaluate test items.

Background to Applied Linguistics for Language Testing (distance) - Core

This module will provide an overview of the background disciplines which contribute to language teaching, and indicate what their contribution has been.

Issues in Language Testing (distance) - Core

The central aim of this module is to explore and discuss a range of current issues in the field of language testing. It will consolidate key testing concepts introduced in Modules 1 and 2. It will familiarise you with recent developments in validation research, and enable you to critically discuss a range of key topics in language testing.

Tuition fees
Source: HOTCOURSES, November 2016.

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements
Source: HOTCOURSES, November 2016.

Students need to have a good second class Honours degree, or its equivalent. Applicants must normally have 3 years of teaching experience and/or hold a post with responsibility for language test design, construction and evaluation.