MA in Instruction of English as a Foreign Language


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Program Description

This full-time master’s degree program is designed to provide participants with the knowledge, skills, and experience that will enable them to become fully-fledged professionals in the field of teaching of English as a foreign language. It includes three main components:

  • A series of taught modules (on-campus seminars and lectures) covering relevant subject areas in both semesters;
  • A period of supervised hands-on teaching practice (50 hours during the second semester) during which participants work with real learners of English as a foreign language;
  • A research-based dissertation or other project-based work, to be submitted any time within two years after the participant has earned all the credits on the taught courses.

The program enables participants to:

  • explore relevant subjects in-depth, reaching a high level of specialist knowledge and skill;
  • develop and expand their understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of current principles and practices of English language teaching, focusing particularly on theories of language learning and teaching, the English language as a system, and general pedagogy;
  • use appropriate language for setting up and managing classroom activities, to interact with students smoothly in the classroom, to use complex and rich language to engage in professional discussions and to display proficient presentation skills at professional events;
  • develop their learners’ language skills effectively, use authentic materials and ICT tools, respond to individual learner differences, and adopt methods of differentiation accordingly, use traditional and alternative ways of assessment, select and apply effective error correction techniques, give constructive feedback, adopt principles of reflective teaching and, based on their own reflections, to start planning their own professional development;
  • benefit from access to seminars across the wider university in optional courses.

The program is regarded as a ‘second-cycle’ qualification under the Bologna Declaration and consists of 60 ECTS credits, 55 of which are allocated to the taught courses and the teaching practice, and 5 are allocated to the dissertation.

This program is recommended to applicants who:

  • have already completed their BA studies and wish to obtain professional knowledge and skills through an MA degree in a one-year full-time postgraduate program;
  • wish to gain practical knowledge and skills they can immediately apply to their teaching practice;
  • wish to study at a prestigious Hungarian University on-campus in the center of Budapest.

Strength of program

  • The lecturers involved in the program are internationally recognized experts with international teaching experience who regularly give talks, presentations, and teacher training courses at universities and conferences around the world in the field of ELT.
  • Besides the hands-on teaching practice, the program includes a high proportion of face-to-face teaching, with a combination of tutor and student input, including various group activities and students’ presentations and a low number of course participants on the course to ensure the quality of teaching and learning
  • The program collaborates with local and international ELT experts to ensure that students develop their professional skills, share best practices and can network.


  • Methodology of English language teaching
  • Descriptive linguistics from a pedagogical perspective
  • Language for the teacher
  • Classroom studies
  • Intercultural communication
  • Testing and assessment
  • Materials design
  • Information technology in ELT
  • Teaching practice

Plus a selection of elective courses offered by the School of English and American Studies.

Career opportunities

Career prospects for our graduates vary depending on their ambition but entrants of our MA English Language Pedagogy courses typically come with the specific intention of entering the ELT/TESOL profession. The specialist knowledge gained enables the participant to take senior or specialist roles (e.g., in CALL, ESP, teaching young learners or testing), not only in the classroom but also in educational advice and management, program evaluation, syllabus design, and teacher education.

For those wanting to take their research interest even further, within our University we run a Language Pedagogy Ph.D. program, where we offer teaching and research supervision in language acquisition, language learning, and language teaching; culture and communication; psycholinguistics; language disorders and sociolinguistics.

Job examples
  • English as a Foreign Language teacher at language schools or company courses
  • Teacher educator
  • Syllabus designer
  • Materials writer
  • ELT manager
  • ELT counselor

Admission requirements

Entry requirements

Applicants must hold a university bachelor’s degree (or an equivalent college degree) in the fields listed below. Full credit acknowledgment is only given for a bachelor’s degree in the fields of Liberal Arts and Educational Sciences.

In the case of a BA or MA degree from another field of study, each degree will be considered individually, and transcripts from your BA or MA degree as well as course descriptions will be requested. The applicant must have at least 50 credits to enter the program from the fields of Liberal Arts and Educational Sciences.

The educational and outcome requirements are defined by the Ministry of Human Capacities, Regulation No. 18/2016. (VIII. 5.). Details of the application and admission process are defined by the Organisational and Operational Regulations of ELTE.

Language requirements
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System): 7.0
  • CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference): C1
  • TOEFL IBT (Internet-based test): 83-120
  • The language of instruction for the entire program is English.

Depending on its (academic) profile, the applicant might be offered preparatory courses if the level of proficiency has not been reached yet.

Documents to submit with the application
  • Online application form
  • Secondary school certificate (Notarized copy only on request)
  • Bachelor-level degree (An official copy of your completed Bachelor degree)
  • Transcript of records
  • CV
  • Motivation letter (A maximum of 500 words)
  • Copy of the main pages of the passport (needs to be valid)
    Scanned, in color all personal details and expiry date must be shown. The passport must be valid.
  • Copy of application fee transfer
  • Copy of the Entrance exam fee transfer
  • Language certificate
    Official test results or certificate must be provided; see program specific proficiency requirements.
  • Other: An official English translation of the certificates and the records if the language of the original is not English
Optional documents for admissions
  • Curriculum Vitae in English
    In MS Word format with one low-resolution photo
  • Research Proposal
    Please consult with the coordinating department for more information
  • Letter of Reference
    Also called "Letter of recommendation." From a former instructor and/or employer.
  • Letter of Authorization
    If the applicant uses the services of a non-contracted third party during the application process, a Letter of Authorization must be signed. Applications will not be processed without.
Application procedure

The application starts in the online application system. Students need to register in the system, fill in the online application form, upload the required documents and follow the instructions during the application process.

The educational and outcome requirements are defined by the Ministry of Human Capacities, Regulation No. 18/2016. (VIII. 5.). The details of the application and admission process are defined by the Organisational and Operational Regulations of ELTE.

Last updated Jun 2020

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