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The MSt in English Language Assessment is aimed at English language teachers and other educational practitioners, and other professionals seeking to enhance and consolidate their knowledge in English language assessment. The course is delivered  jointly by Cambridge Language Sciences IRC and by Cambridge Assessment English, with input from the Institute for Automated Language Teaching and Assessment (ALTA), and therefore offers a unique combination of cross-disciplinary expertise. 


Teaching & Assessment


The Academic Director for the MSt in English Language Assessment is Dr Roberto B. Sileo - view Roberto's profile

Pre-course and induction (online)

Before the first residential period, preliminary reading and formative assessment in a range of formats, such as multiple-choice tasks, based on core aspects of the course will be offered online through the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). 

Residential periods

Face-to-face teaching will be delivered over two residential periods, each lasting two weeks, with 6-hour teaching a day. There will be one residential for each year of the course (April/May). Course content will be delivered across all of the following six modules during the two residential periods. Prior to each residential teaching block students will be expected to engage for at least eight hours per week with online study materials which will include readings, videos, online forum discussions and self-assessment. Before and after the residentials, participants will be fully supported and engaged in the programme through the VLE. 

  • Module 1: Understanding speech and language and how they are learned (20 contact hours) 
  • Module 2: Language learning in instructed contexts (20 contact hours)
  • Module 3: Principles of assessment; the role of assessment and how it contributes to learning (20 contact hours)
  • Module 4: Use of technology in language learning and assessment; how technology can be used to enhance learning (20 contact hours)
  • Module 5: Principles of research; mixed methods; introduction to statistical methods and statistical analysis for language assessment (20 contact hours)
  • Module 6: Critical view of language assessment tools (20 contact hours)

The residential period for Year 1 is 28 March - 10 April 2022.



  • Essays for Modules 1- 3 (totalling 5,000 words per module)
  • For Module 4 there will be assignments and online tasks in a range of formats (such as multiple choice, hands-on practical exercises, designing assessment tasks)
  • 3,000-word essay for Module 6

There is a formative preparatory assignment of between 1,500 and 2,000 words undertaken before the first module. Students may be required to give individual presentations or contribute to group presentations, on which the students would receive constructive feedback.


  • Dissertation: 15,000-18,000 words (including footnotes and appendices but excluding bibliography)

Course dates

03 Jan 2022 to 01 Jan 2024

Course duration

2 Years

Apply by

23 Aug 2021

Course fee

Home: £10,000
Overseas: £20,000

Academic director


Various locations
United Kingdom

Qualifications / Credits

180 credits at Master of Studies

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