Widen your range of career options in English language teaching and gain practical classroom teaching experience.
Access teaching opportunities around the world.
Study in the UK alongside others from across the globe.
Draw on current research to enhance your understanding of English language teaching.
Gain practical teaching skills through observing experienced teachers and teaching practice.
Develop research skills and conduct an independent research project that can enable a pathway to doctoral studies.
On this course, you'll join a community of MA TESOL students at all stages of their careers, along with British Council-accredited English language teachers, experienced teacher educators, and leading researchers. You'll develop as a teacher and prepare for the next step in your career.
Our lectures are timetabled so that you can attend university just two days a week. This allows you to balance the course with work and other commitments. Typical topics include English language teaching methodologies, how second languages are learned, teacher development and language analysis.
All modules allow you to focus on specific areas in TESOL, such as English for Academic Purposes, Young Learners or Assessment, and the flexible research project encourages you to specialise in a research setting of your choice.
You learn through:
collaborative activities such as lesson planning, microteaching and group work
participation in lectures
collaboration with a research supervisor
Throughout the course, we support you in observations, reflections, planning and delivering teaching experiences. Whether you are new to teaching or have years of experience, our focus on teacher development will make a difference in your future career.
You can find help at every step of your journey with us. From guidance during registration and a thorough induction programme to the excellent support from student services through Hallam Help and the award-winning International Student Experience team, you can always find assistance and encouragement.
Regular classes for MA TESOL students to improve academic writing and speaking focus on the language and skills needed for your assignments. You will be assigned an academic tutor for the year and all modules offer one-to-one support from module leaders.
Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for:
private language centres
international language schools
further education institutions
primary and high schools
Recent graduates have gone on to work as:
PhD or EdD students
Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.
Modules studied may differ depending on when you start your course.
Developing As An English Language Teacher
Research Project (MA)
Second Language Learning
An honours degree or equivalent.
If English is not your first language we also require an IELTS score of 6.5 or above with a minimum of 6.0 in reading and writing. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.5 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.
If you do not have such academic qualifications we may consider your application individually, based on your personal, professional and work experience, and other formal qualifications. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam.
Additional information for EU/International students
If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country-specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.
For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.
Home: £8,490 for the course
International/EU: £14,460 for the course
"MA TESOL offers the perfect blend of theoretical learning and hands-on, practical work. The tutors are knowledgeable and supportive and there are lots of opportunities to put what you’ve learnt into practice."
Wendy Weng, MA TESOL