MSc Education - Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

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Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law
Awards available MSc
Programme length One year full-time
Two to five years part-time
Part-time study available Yes
Open to international students Yes
Number of places Not fixed
Start date September 2016

Programme overview

This flexible programme has been developed for teachers and other TESOL professionals (eg inspectors, curriculum developers) and for those planning to undertake doctoral study in TESOL/Applied Linguistics. The programme is part of the Graduate School of Education provision in the TESOL/Applied Linguistics field, which also includes an EdD Pathway, and a PhD programme.

The programme particularly values the professional experience that participants bring to the course and it provides a learning context where you can reflect on:

  • your professional practice;
  • the policies and diverse contextual factors which frame it;
  • the theoretical frameworks which inform it.

Fees for 2016/17

Full time fees


Part time fees


Fees quoted are per annum and subject to annual increase.

Funding for 2016/17

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Programme structure

Core units:

  • Analysing Language for TESOL
  • Pedagogy and Curriculum in TESOL
  • Research Methods for TESOL
  • Second Language Learning

Optional units include:

  • Globalisation and the Politics of English
  • Intercultural Pragmatics and Communication
  • Language Testing and Assessment
  • Teaching and Assessing Fluency and Pronunciation


You will also complete a 15,000-word dissertation.

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent); a minimum of one year's classroom teaching, or other relevant and related experience; and a commitment to postgraduate learning in TESOL/Applied Linguistics.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Application method Online application form
English language requirements
For applicants whose first language is not English we require proof of English proficiency, such as an overall IELTS 7 with all sub-tests of 6 or above or equivalent. Further details of our requirements can be found at

Further information about English language requirements
Admissions statement Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.


We aim to offer our students the academic and personal development opportunities that will equip them to respond to the intellectual, social and personal challenges that they will encounter throughout their lives and careers.

Our overarching goal is to enable our graduates to display the following characteristics:

  • equipped to demonstrate impact, excellence and distinctiveness in their chosen field;
  • visionary, imaginative, innovative, reflective and creative;
  • high ideals and values, including a strong sense of social justice;
  • highly employable with companies across the world;
  • adaptable with the potential to be leaders in work and in the community.

Read more about the journeys of some of our graduates.

How to apply
Application deadline:

Not fixed but early application is advised.

International students

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