Program Description

The Doctor of Philosophy in Education: Measurement and Assessment is a pioneering program in the region. It is the first postgraduate program in the UAE to offer the state-of-the-art training in highly advanced and sophisticated techniques and methods in the field of educational measurement and assessment to advance the frontiers of knowledge locally and globally. Students will develop highly advanced and complex problem-solving and analytical reasoning skills through the conduct of independent, original research to solve pressing problems in the field of education locally, regionally and globally.


The Doctor of Philosophy in Education: Measurement and Assessment Program is offered in Abu Dhabi and Ajman as follows:

  • Abu Dhabi – Emirates College for Advanced Education
  • Ajman – Teachers Training Institute

Class timetables

All classes are offered during weekdays in the evening as ECAE Graduate degrees are offered as part-time programs. Allocated timetables with the location, time and duration of all lectures will be released towards the program start date on September 1, 2019.

Program Structure

Year 1 - Semester 1
DOCM730 - Quantitative Research Methods
PHDMAC710 - Advanced Topics in Generalizability Theory
Year 1 - Semester 2
PHDMAC720 - Advanced Topics in Structural Equation Modelling
PHDMAC730 - Advanced Topics in Multilevel Modelling
Year 2 - Semester 1
PHDMAC740 - Advanced Topics in Rasch Measurement Theory
PHDMAC760 - Setting Standards on Educational Assessment
PHDMAC770 - Advanced Methods for Causal Inference from Data
Year 2 - Semester 2
PHDMAC750 - Advanced Topics in Item Response Theory
PHDMAC780 - Bayesian Psychometric Modelling
Year 3 - Semester 1
PHDC760 - Research Apprenticeship
PHDMA810 - Seminar 1
Year 3 - Semester 2
PHDMA910 - Dissertation Research
Dissertation - Research (Over 3 Semesters)
PHDMA820 - Seminar 2
Year 4
PHDMA910 - Dissertation Research (Continued from Year 3- 3 Semesters)

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Doctor of Philosophy in Education: Measurement and Assessment program is open to interested individuals provided they meet the following criteria:

  • Hold a Master’s degree in physical, natural and social sciences or humanities from an accredited university or have a foreign qualification, which has received equivalence from the Ministry of Education in the UAE.
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the Master’s degree
  • All applicants must demonstrate a strong background in educational measurement and assessment.
  • All applicants must demonsrate a strong background in applied statistics, applied mathematics, or econometrics.
  • Hold a current International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 or equivalent (TOEFL IBT or Pearson PTE Academic or EmSAT) or higher.

In addition to the minimum qualifications stated above, candidates will be required to pass an admissions interview.

ECAE will give preferential consideration to national applicants.

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