The MA TESOL and Applied Linguistics is an exciting and innovative new course that will equip you with the skills essential for a career in one of the worlds fastest growing professions.

The course is delivered by lecturers with years of experience in English language teaching and postgraduate supervision.

Learner-centred teaching allows you to reflect on the practice and theory of TESOL with expert support, in light of the most recent advances in the understanding of language teaching and learning. The programme combines the study of theories, methods and materials with a detailed analysis of language and an awareness of practical research methods. It will prepare you for work in multiple educational environments and is also an excellent preparation for further postgraduate study.

Postgraduate loans are available for this course.

This course is available to study on campus in Manchester, and also from anywhere in the world via online distance learning.

Online distance learning: You can participate in the programme through the university online learning platform, this will follow the same course outline as those attending in person (with the exception of Uniwide language units). Teaching and learning are tailored for distance-learning students and includes online discussion groups and tutorials.

Features and benefits of the course

  • Fereshte Goshtasbpour is the subject advisor for the MA Applied Linguistics. A successful graduate of the course, she has subject-specific insight into the requirements of students and offers a range of workshops tailored precisely to the programme.
  • A study in a truly international environment. Recent courses have had students from Bangladesh, China, Egypt, Germany, Iran, Korea, Libya, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan and Thailand.
  • Benefit from a strong focus on the practical realities of classroom teaching and learning, using a problem-solving approach.
  • Teaching is in small classes, allowing a good balance of individual, team and group work. You will have the opportunity to join in seminars involving discussion, debates, presentations, video-based activities, and practical research projects.
  • Receive guidance throughout your studies, including extensive support in the form of tutorials, feedback on assignments, writing and study skills sessions, dissertation workshops, study group feedback and personal consultations to help you make the most of your studies.
  • Extra support for academic writing available to all students through The Writing Project and also specifically for International students through Coaching for Academic English.

Course details

This programme is aimed at those interested in the exciting and challenging profession of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). It is suitable for those at an early stage in their careers, those who are looking to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the area, and those interested in going on to PhD studies. Lectures and seminars are delivered by motivated, dedicated expert lecturers with many years of experience in both English Foreign Language teaching and postgraduate supervision. Assessment patterns are varied, practical and enjoyable. The teaching is engaging and learner-centred, and we make full use of the latest teaching and learning technology and techniques.

Core units

  • Language Teaching
  • Second Language Acquisition and Learning
  • Sound, Structure, Meaning: Describing Language
  • Assessing Second Language Learners
  • Course Design and Academic Management
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation

Option units

  • Language in a Globalised World
  • Learning and Teaching Vocabulary
  • Multimodality, Technology and Language Teaching
  • Forensic Linguistics
  • Social Psychology of Language
  • Educational Linguistics
  • Independent Study
  • Uniwide Language (this unit is available for on-campus delivery only)

Entry requirements

You will normally have at least an upper second-class undergraduate UK honours degree (or international equivalent) in TESOL, Linguistics, English Language, English, Education or a related/compatible subject or combination of subjects. Candidates with a lower second-class degree or degrees from unrelated disciplines are however encouraged to apply and will be considered on their merits, as will people with non-traditional qualifications. Some teaching experience is desirable, but not essential, provided applicants can show evidence of sustained interest in TESOL.

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Last updated October 28, 2018
This course is Online, Campus based
Start Date
Sep 2019
1 - 3 years
8,500 GBP
UK and EU students: Full-time: £8,500 to £9,250 per year. Part-time: £1,417 per 30 credits studied per year. Distance learning: £1,417 per 30 credits studied per year. Non-EU and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £14,500 to £15,000 per year. Pa
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