MA in Education: TESOL

Oxford Brookes University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Program Description

MA in Education: TESOL

Oxford Brookes University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

The TESOL (Teaching English as a Second or Other Language) pathway through the MA in Education involves six taught modules and a dissertation on a research topic of your choice. Four modules are TESOL specific, including language description, language acquisition and language teaching methodology. In addition there is a TESOL option which gives you the opportunity to focus on a professional specialism such as teaching young learners, your own mother tongue, literature, or English in professional contexts.

These are combined with two generic education modules, Educational Research and reflective practice, which introduce you to the skills of the reflective teacher-researcher. The modules also support you in the study process and the development of Masters level academic literacies.

This course in detail

The TESOL pathway includes six taught modules, which combine two education modules, three core TESOL modules, and one TESOL professional option. As our courses are reviewed regularly, the list of modules you choose from may vary from the ones shown here. In addition, the MA includes a dissertation.which is the equivalent of three taught modules.

Two Compulsory Education modules:

  • Reflective Professional Development supports your development from teacher to teacher-researcher. It invites you to review your own practice as a learner and teacher; and also prepares you to be a researcher, developing critical reading, writing and analytical skills.
  • Educational Research enables you to develop knowledge of a range of research approaches, methods and techniques and to consider ethics in educational research. You will have an opportunity to develop your research skills through preparatory work for the dissertation.

Three Compulsory TESOL modules:

  • Language Acquisition and Development
  • Language Teaching
  • Descriptions of English

Optional TESOL modules (students can select one). A selection of the modules below will be offered each year:

  • Teaching English for specific purposes (academic and occupational)
  • Contextualised learning in the modern languages classroom (online only)
  • Comparative and International Education (on campus only)
  • Literature in the Language

The dissertation:
The dissertation gives you the opportunity to specialise in a topic of your choice. It is supported by dissertation workshops and individual supervision, and leads to an extended piece of work which includes primary research on a focus of your choice, and critical engagement with the research literature.

For a more information on the modules, please see our website: Why choose this course?

  • The course content is tailored to your own professional context, with practical as well as scholarly tasks and assignments, and discussion with fellow TESOL practitioners worldwide on cutting edge practice and research.
  • The generic Education modules give you a skills and research base that involves you in wider educational debates nationally and internationally.
  • Options allow for a range of professional specialisms, including Teaching English for Specific Purposes, teaching modern languages (including mother tongue) in school setttings, or teaching literature.
  • The programme can be taken fully online at a distance, fully on campus, or a combination of the two. The programme offers the unique opportunity for campus and distance-based students to work interactively with one another online.
  • The programme builds in explicit support for the academic literacies and skills needed to be successful as an MA teacher-researcher.
  • You are also part of the Learning, Culture and Identity research community which includes talks, conferences, guest speakers and the opportunity to hear former MA students in their current work contexts.
  • There are opportunities for campus-based students to participate in a volunteer placement scheme teaching Oxford-based asylum seekers. This experience can be built into coursework and assessment.
  • The programme is taught by a highly research-active team that is well published and highly visible in the TESOL world. Students will find themselves part of an active research community.
  • As a student in Oxford you'll be at the heart of the UK's most successful economic region and in a centre for leading industries which provides you with a host of learning opportunities.
  • Because Oxford is one of the world's great academic cities, it is a key centre of debate, with conferences, seminars and forums taking place across education, science, the arts and many other subjects.
  • In addition to our own excellent libraries and resource centres, our postgraduate students have access to the world-renowned Bodleian Library, the Bodleian Law Library and the Radcliffe Science Library.
  • Oxford is a centre of multiple language schools such as St Joseph's School and St Clare's College. This makes it a thriving environment for foreign students and the practice of TESOL.

Career prospects

Recent students graduating with an MA Education (TESOL) have moved from teaching into teacher professional development, management of language schools and language businesses, materials and test writing.

Others have gone from school to university teaching and from general English to specific English teaching for academic purposes, business and law.

Entry requirements

Applicants must demonstrate that they have a first degree at 2.2 level or above.

TESOL pathway students are required to show evidence of teaching experience of two years in any context, including summer language schools, one to one teaching, or teaching assistant roles. Teaching practice acquired through CELTA or DELTA qualifications can be counted towards this. In some cases, a shorter period of teaching experience can be negotiated where there has been significant TESOL content study.

For more information about English language requirements, visas and preparation for International and EU students, please see our website:

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated November 24, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
12 - 36 months
Part time
Full time
5,450 GBP
United Kingdom - Oxford, England
Start date: Sept. 2017
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Sept. 2017
United Kingdom - Oxford, England
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
(Non-EU full time: 13,200 GBP)