Why choose this course

Our MA TESOL is housed in the School of Literature and Languages, a highly-ranked academic school which is international both in composition and in outlook.

Becoming a teacher of English as a second or foreign language gives you the chance to make meaningful connections across cultures and communities and open up valuable opportunities for others.

We’ve combined our practical, intercultural and applied approach to language teaching with our expertise in linguistics to create a masters course that can help you realise your full potential.

What you will study

Studying for an MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is the key to unlocking international career opportunities in a sector that is enjoying impressive sustained growth. We’ll help you to master the main theories and principles of language learning and teaching so that you can apply them with confidence and imagination in your own teaching practice. A range of optional modules will allow you to specialise, while the dissertation will enable you to carry out in-depth research into a topic of particular interest to you.

This course is a great complement to a teaching qualification, opening up opportunities to become an active member of the international academic and professional English language teaching community.


Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps.

The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits, and additionally for some masters dissertations, 90 credits.

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes:

Year 1 (full-time)

Module Title Status Semester
ELT Materials: Design and Evaluation Optional 1
Language Teaching Methodology Compulsory 1
Phonetics and Phonology for Teachers Compulsory 1
Research Methodologies Compulsory 1
Testing And Assessment in ELT Optional 1
Computer Assisted Language Learning Optional 2
Curriculum Design Compulsory 2
English Grammar for Teachers Compulsory 2
Second Language Acquisition and Learning Compulsory 2
Teaching English for Academic Purposes Optional 2
Teaching Intercultural Communication Optional 2
Teaching Young Learners Optional 2
Dissertation Compulsory Year-long
Optional modules for Year 1 (full-time) - FHEQ Level 7

If you’re studying this programme full time, you’ll take three compulsory modules and one optional module each semester, and submit your dissertation in September of your first year.

Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2:1 UK honours degree in English, Languages, or any subject where you've completed a degree in a different language to your native language, or a recognised equivalent international qualification.

Candidates may be invited for the interview, either in person or by Skype.

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.5 in Writing and 6.0 in each other element.

If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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Last updated October 4, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Oct 2020
1 - 3 years
7,700 GBP
Full-time UK/EU student: £7,700; Overseas student: £16,900. Part-time UK/EU student: £3,900/year; Overseas student: £8,500/year..
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