• Course Delivery
  • Total Credits
  • Tuition
  • Duration
    3 Years


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.


You will take four core and two optional courses across years 1 and 2. In year 3 you complete a piece of independent research, normally in the form of a Dissertation. The programme is fully delivered online using innovative technologies within a fully supported and interactive learning environment.

Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student Contract

  • EDUC5933Education Dissertation60 Credits

    You’ll complete a guided enquiry project focusing on a specific aspect of education of professional/personal relevance. If you’re on a named pathway, you will undertake a Dissertation study relevant to that pathway.

  • EDUC5934Principles and Practices of Research20 Credits

    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.

  • EDUC5947Assessment for Improvement, Accountability and Social Justice20 Credits

    This course promotes critical engagement with current discourses on uses of assessment for improvement and accountability. You’ll critically review relevant contested theories and research evidence, and apply this learning to evaluate policy and practice, particularly in your own context. You will share your experience, reflection, thinking and skills with others as members of a distance learning community. You’ll be supported by the formative use of self-, peer- and tutor assessment. A final assignment assesses course attainment.

  • EDUC5948Assessment for Learning and Progression20 Credits

    Through critical review of literature and critical reflection on practice, including your own, you will develop your understanding of the relationships among assessment processes, curriculum and pedagogy. You’ll examine in depth the key roles of inquiry-based learning and assessment in understanding what learners are learning, determining next steps in learning and informing means of progression. You’ll apply your learning to your own context, taking account of issues of social justice. As a member of a collaborative learning community, you’ll be supported by the formative use of self-, peer- and tutor-assessment. A final assignment assesses course attainment.

  • EDUC5950Principles and Theories of Assessment for Social Justice20 Credits

    This course provides an introduction to major theoretical frameworks and research approaches in assessment. Content focuses on the three purposes of assessment: formative, summative, and for improvement and accountability. As you consider issues related to the impact of assessment policy and practice on social justice, you will draw on and review your own experience and practice. As a member of a collaborative learning community, you’ll be supported by the formative use of self-, peer- and tutor-assessment. A final assignment assesses course attainment.

  • EDUC5942Curriculum, Assessment and Pedagogy: International Perspectives20 Credits

    This course focuses on critical engagement with international trends, underpinning values and theories which impact on decisions on policy and practice in curriculum, assessment and pedagogy. Drawing on knowledge of practice and policy in familiar and unfamiliar contexts, you will analyse recent powerful influences on issues of student and teacher agency, equity and student competences.

  • EDUC5943Curriculum, Assessment and Pedagogy: Understanding Learners20 Credits

    During this course, you’ll critically explore the complexities of the inter-relationship amongst curriculum, assessment and pedagogy as experienced through the eyes of learners. You’ll learn about ecological theories and perspectives on learners, learning and communities, and engage in critical discourse about tensions that exist across curriculum, assessment and pedagogy and the experiences of learners in a variety of policy and practice contexts.

  • EDUC5951Theoretical Underpinning and Practical Issues in Tests and Examinations20 Credits

    In this course, you’ll develop your understanding of the principal theoretical approaches to test and examination design, of research into factors affecting the validity of tests and examinations and of means of optimising validity. In the light of research, policy and practice in testing, you’ll examine implications for social justice of different approaches.

  • EDUC5949Socially Just Assessment Futures in the School Context20 Credits

    You’ll develop in depth your critical knowledge and understanding of current theories and research in relationships between assessment in school and the promotion of social justice. As you identify, propose, examine and evaluate likely developments in assessment policy and practice, you’ll draw on and review your own experience and practice.

Admissions Requirements

To be accepted to this programme, you must have:

  1. A 2.1 Honours degree or non-UK equivalent qualification in any subject
  2. If English is not your first language, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. This is an IELTS overall score of 6.5 with no sub-test less than 6. If you do not have an IELTS test certificate, equivalent scores in other recognised qualifications may be accepted

To apply to this programme:

You must apply online. As part of your online application, you need to submit the following:

  • A copy (or copies) of your official degree certificate(s), if you have already completed your degree
  • A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained
  • Official English translations of the certificate(s) and transcript(s)
  • One reference letter on headed paper
  • Evidence of your English Language ability (if your first language is not English)
  • Any additional documents required for this programme (see Entry requirements for this programme)

Please check that you meet the entry criteria for this programme before you apply.

You have 42 days to submit your application once you begin the process. You may save and return to your application as many times as you wish to update information, complete sections or upload supporting documents, such as your final transcript or your language test.

Tuition & Fees

  • Home/EU: £10,500*
  • International: £10,500*

*Total cost, incremental payment schedule available. Fee information is subject to change and is for guidance only.

How much does this programme cost?
Part-time fees £1,167 per 20 credits


You may be eligible for help with the cost of the programme. 

What it's like to study online

100% online for complete flexibility
Our part-time online programmes are ideal if you're working full-time or have family commitments.
Connect to campus from anywhere
All you need for our online programmes is a device with internet access.
Gain a global perspective
As an online student, you'll be part of an international community of academics and learners.
Learn from the experts
Our world-class teaching and research staff will help you realise your potential.
Interact with everyone
Community building and collaborative learning is a key focus of our online programmes.
Access a multitude of resources
Study using a range of materials, including recorded lectures, live seminars, videos, interactive quizzes, journal articles and ebooks.
Regular Assessments
During each course you will be assessed in a variety of ways which could include essays, discussions, blogs, online presentations, interactive quizzes, assignments or group work.

Want to learn more?