Master of Science by Coursework in Educational Assessment (Part-time)

Differences from 2022/23 to 2023/24

1. The Course shall be under the supervision of the Academic Committee of the Department of Education. 

2. Candidates must follow for six terms a course of instruction specializing in Educational Assessment. This course is available on a part-time basis only.

3. The examination shall consist of three core papers, one option paper, and a dissertation. Candidates will be informed of the available options by Friday of 0th week of Michaelmas Term in the year they start their course.

4. Papers are normally assessed by one or more coursework assignments totalling no more than 4,500 words. The details of the assessment requirements for each paper will be provided in the Course Handbook. All such assignments must be uploaded to the University approved online assessment platform by the times and dates specified in the course handbook at the start of the course. 

5. Candidates are required to submit a dissertation of 15,000 – 20,000 words, the title to be selected in consultation with the supervisor, on a topic relevant to the course. The subject and title selected by the candidate must be approved by the course director at a time to be announced at the beginning of the academic year in which the examination is taken.

6. The dissertation must be uploadedsubmitted to the University approved online assessment platform notno later than noon on the third Thursday in September in the final year of the course. 

76. If a candidate receives a failing mark for any of the summative assessments or dissertation, they may resubmit the assessment on one further occasion normally when the assessmentthis is next examined, or at an earlier date as agreed with the followingCourse yearDirector. If a candidate fails the dissertation, they may resubmit the dissertation one further time on the next occasion when this is examined. 

87. Candidates may also be required to attend an oral examination for any assessment. The oral examination will normally be on the candidate’s dissertation. 



  1. Assessment issues and practices
  2. Assessment design and evaluation
  3. Psychometrics and assessment analysis


  1. Classroom-based assessment
  2. Advanced statistical methods