This flexible MSc has been developed for teachers and other TESOL professionals - such as educational administrators, inspectors, materials or curriculum developers, assessment specialists, and policymakers - as well as those planning to undertake doctoral study in TESOL or applied linguistics.

The programme particularly values the professional experiences that participants bring. It provides a learning context in which you can reflect on your professional practice, the policies and diverse contextual factors that frame it, the theoretical frameworks that inform it, and the research that exists or could be conducted to substantiate or refute intuitive judgments.

Eligible students will have the opportunity to gain an internationally recognised professional certificate (Cambridge English CELTA) in addition to MSc TESOL. The Cambridge CELTA course is delivered by an external provider and attracts an additional fee. Entry criteria apply.

Programme structure

Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our MSc in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) in English Language, TESOL or Applied Linguistics. Applicants must also demonstrate six months' classroom teaching experience or other TESOL-industry relevant experience. Applicants who hold an upper second class honours degree (or international equivalent) in a non-language related subject will also be considered, but need to demonstrate a minimum of one year's full-time (or part time equivalent) classroom teaching or other TESOL-industry relevant experience. Examples of the types of roles we consider relevant are:

  • Language curriculum developer
  • Language testers
  • ELT materials designers
  • Language teaching assistants
  • Researchers in a field relevant to TESOL.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

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If English is not your first language, you will need to reach the requirements outlined in our profile level B.

Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Fees and funding

UK: full-time
£11,900 per year
UK: part-time (two years)
£5,950 per year
Overseas: full-time
£27,200 per year

Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to an 8% increase in fees each year.

More about tuition fees, living costs and financial support.

Alumni discount

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a 25% reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni discount.

Funding for 2024/25

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

Career prospects

We offer academic and personal development opportunities to equip you for the intellectual, social and personal challenges you will encounter during your career. Our overarching goal is to enable our you to display the following characteristics:

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