Our TESOL course is an advanced training and professional qualification for people who either work in, or plan to work in, any area of teaching English to speakers of other languages. You’ll graduate with the knowledge and practical classroom skills to be a confident, critically reflective and enterprising teacher.

Delivered by experienced professionals who have lived and taught around the globe, the course offers an excellent balance between theory and practice using a range of cutting-edge, innovative teaching methods. It also draws on best practice from across the TESOL sector, focusing on the development of advanced professional capabilities and knowledge in language learning and teaching.

As a TESOL student at the University of Stirling, you'll also have an opportunity to apply for a placement at one of our partner universities in Germany or Hungary, and put your learning into practice.

Top reasons to study with us

#1 1st in Scotland and top 15 in the UK for Education (The Guardian University Guide 2018)

#2 You’ll be taught by experienced professionals who have lived and taught around the globe

#3 Apply for a placement opportunity at one of our partner universities in Germany or Hungary

Course details

The module details given below are subject to change as the University regularly revises and refreshes the curriculum of our taught programmes. The modules outlined below represent those offered in 2017/18 on this course of study.


Delivery of modules is carried out mainly through seminars, workshops and video tutorials. Practical teaching skills are developed through classroom observation and videoed peer teaching sessions. Learning and professional development is facilitated by regular guided group work tasks.

In the most recent study by QS, staff from the University of Stirling received a 5 out of 5-star rating for teaching (QS World University Rankings 2018).


Progress is assessed by coursework assignments and, for the MSc, the dissertation.

  • The Postgraduate Certificate in TESOL is awarded on the successful completion of 60 coursework modules worth 60 credits.
  • The Postgraduate Diploma in TESOL is awarded on successful completion of coursework modules worth 120 credits.
  • The Masters (MSc) TESOL is awarded upon successful completion of coursework modules worth 120 credits plus a dissertation of 15,000 words.

Study abroad

As a student on our MSc TESOL programme you have the fantastic opportunity to gain valuable work experience teaching English to non-English speakers in 33 European countries through Erasmus+ traineeships.

The University of Stirling has also developed close working partnerships with universities around the world to make finding a placement as seamless as possible and give you tailored teaching and learning opportunities. If you meet the eligibility criteria, you can apply for a placement with:

Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany

Undertake class observation, small group work supervision and teaching assistance in a local high school. During the school holiday, you will have a chance to work with materials development or with writing support at the university.

Széchenyi István University, Hungary

Get involved in class observation and teaching at the university or the university’s practice school.

More information on applying for these opportunities will be provided to students undertaking our MSc TESOL course.

Course director

Anne Lawrie


+44 (0) 1786 467681

Fees - 2018/2019

  • Home/EU: £6,300
  • Overseas: £15,250
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Last updated November 14, 2018
This course is Campus based
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12 - 24 months
6,300 GBP
Home/EU: £6,300 - Overseas: £15,250
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