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Assessment in Education MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Learning Assessment / Testing School Inspection / Assessment

Course type


Course Summary

In today's global learning landscape, many professionals require a better understanding of assessment approaches. If you are already researching or working in the field of educational assessment, this programme offers you the opportunity to engage with a highly significant topic for education systems across the world. Develop vital assessment skills relating to individual learners, classrooms and schools, and local, national and international systems.

You'll consider how research, policy and practice interact in the development of often contested innovations in educational assessment around the world. The online nature of the programme means there will be opportunities to collaborate and network with your peers from different fields and locations across the globe.

Our Online Assessment in Education programme blends theory, research, practice and policy, while exploring the relationship between assessment and the promotion of social justice. Our teaching staff have been employed in the development of national policy in assessment, and theyre committed to social justice.

During this programme, you will reflect on and critique theory, cutting-edge research and current policies and practice in assessment and consider the impact of these on social justice. You will also have opportunities to collaborate and network with peers from a variety of work contexts and locations, to support critical reflection, peer and self-assessment.

Our learning environment promotes engaging, socially constructive learning. Tasks promote interaction among participants and build a learning community in which the diversity of experience of the population is a resource from which all benefit. You will be encouraged to share your personal and professional experiences to contribute to a learning environment that is relevant, stimulating and challenging for all.


  • Analyse key theories, concepts and debates in education assessment
  • Understand the relationships between assessment and social justice
  • Evaluate developments in education drawing on key theories and concepts
  • Assess current practices, policies, theories and research in early-years, primary and secondary education
  • Reflect on means of aligning research, policy and practice in your own assessment practice and policy contexts
  • Analyse tensions in the field of assessment in education across the world
  • Plan and conduct a substantial piece of applied research related to research, policy and practice which supports socially just assessment in education
  • Critically analyse educational policy, practice, theory and research in specific contexts and settings
  • Critically reflect upon the interrelationship and enactment of educational policy and research and put theory into practice, drawing on your experience as learners and/or educators


This programme addresses significant needs for local, national and international students who are already teachers and policy makers. It will build a network of graduates who have high-level knowledge, skills, and capabilities in assessment. The knowledge, skills and academic and professional standing gained will enable you to contribute effectively to local and national policy making in your own context. You will also be well equipped to undertake further study through Doctoral research.

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Study mode



3 years

Start date



This course is designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge to successfully undertake and evaluate research and professional enquiry featuring qualitative, quantitative or mixed-methods research. The course has a strong practical orientation and formative activities are directly related to the summative assignments.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

A 2.1 Honours degree or non-UK equivalent qualification in any subject.

Department profile

In the School of Education, our goal is to enhance the educational experience and attainment of those living in Scotland, the wider United Kingdom and worldwide. We believe our postgraduate taught programmes are transformative and are underpinned by our core values of equity, diversity and social justice. Our world leading education and leadership programmes are preparing teachers and educators with the pedagogic knowledge and skills needed...more

University information

The University of Glasgow is one of four ancient universities in Scotland, founded back in 1451. The university is part of the prestigious Russell Group, and is one of only two universities in the UK to be awarded a 5 Stars Plus by the QS University Rankings 2017. Alumni include seven Nobel Prize winners, Scotland’s First Minister and a Prime Minister, while Albert Einstein gave a lecture on the theory of relativity there back in 1933. The...more