Lancaster University

Lancaster University

Language Testing

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 3-day orientation seminar to launch the course, give 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.

Entry requirements

A good 2nd 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. Applicants whose 1st language is not English require an IELTS score of 6.5 overall, with at least 6.0 in listening and speaking and at least 6.5 in reading and writing (or equivalent qualification).

Course modules

Modules include: Language test construction and evaluation; background to applied linguistics for language testing; issues in language testing; language test construction and evaluation; research methods; statistics for language testing.

Assessment methods

Assessment is by coursework and a dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Distance learning £ 5,950 per Academic year (home fees) 24 months
MA Distance learning £ 12,880 per Academic year (overseas fees) 24 months
MA Distance learning £ 5,950 per Academic year (EU fees) 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Lancaster University Lancaster LA1 4YW North West

Key information

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