In collaboration with Lancaster University in the UK, we are inviting Expressions of Interest from suitably qualified applicants for funding to complete the Lancaster University MA programme in Language Testing by Distance (MALT-D).

The field of language testing and assessment is growing throughout the world. Language tests can be drivers of educational reform or obstruct progress in teaching and learning methodology; they can be stepping stones to better job or education opportunities or gatekeepers to new lives; they can have a strong impact on individuals, schools, education systems, and societies.

British Council English Language Research has a strong commitment to the areas of teaching, learning and assessment. We are keen to diversify the field at a global level and these opportunities are aimed at those living and working in sub-Saharan Africa, an area that is currently underrepresented in the area of language assessment in particular.

The Lancaster University Master’s degree in Language Testing by Distance (MALT-D) is one of the most renowned post-graduate qualifications in the field. Delivered fully online, the programme runs part time over two years and is taught by some of the most well-respected academics in the field of Applied Linguistics.

Most students undertaking the MALT-D are in full or part time employment and the course is designed to be done alongside work and other commitments. It is ideally suited to those working in education or assessment environments, allowing their work and studies to complement each other. This is an excellent opportunity to become part of an exciting global network of professionals.


  • Must live and hold citizenship/permanent residency in a sub-Saharan country. 
  • A recognised undergraduate degree in one of the following areas: linguistics, applied linguistics, education, language teaching, TESOL, psychology; other areas of study may be considered on a case-by-case basis if the application is especially strong.
  • A 2.1 pass (or equivalent) on the UG degree. 
  • A good level of English: IELTS 6.5 - a minimum of 6.5 in reading and writing, and 6.0 in listening and speaking (or equivalent). 
  • Access to a computer with good internet connection for 5-10 hours per week. 
  • Good computer and technology skills, because the course will be fully online. 
  • A commitment to two years’ study alongside own work and other commitments. 
  • An attention to detail and a proven ability to work independently and meet deadlines. 
  • An interest in the broad field of language teaching, learning and assessment. 

For more information about the scholarships and how to apply, check out the detailed pdf below and the links to the course pages.

There will be a webinar held on April 25 for interested scholars. See the link below.

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