MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MA TESOL)

Qualifications and durations

  • Full-time MA (90 credits - 1 year)



Noel Kwan

If you’re looking for a programme that allows you to develop your own perspective on language teaching then the MA TESOL is perfect for you. The timely support and advice you are given here will help you develop both individually and professionally.

Noel Kwan
MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

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The MA TESOL is a specialist degree for aspiring professionals who wish to enhance their career prospects in the field of teaching of English as a second, foreign or additional language.

It will provide you with the tools and resources you need in order to develop your teaching skills, reflect upon your professional practice and conduct your own research.

Our programme team all have doctorates in TESOL related areas and extensive international experience.

We place particular emphasis on helping you to develop appropriate methods and materials to suit your social and cultural context.

Upon graduating you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the latest practice, theory and policy of international language education.
  • Apply your knowledge to the teaching of English in a variety of contexts around the globe.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of current issues in the English language teaching profession.
  • Critically analyse the role of English as the world’s major international language.
  • Use research to inform your daily practice and decision making as a language educator.
  • Contribute professionally and academically to the rapidly changing world of international English language education.

Programme features

  • A highly competitive programme that integrates the latest developments in TESOL research and practice.
  • Suitable for pre- and post-experience participants.
  • Opportunity to share experience with educators from a range of backgrounds and to establish an international network of professional contacts.
  • Specialised academic writing and study skills courses for MA TESOL students.
  • Credits equivalent to two MA units offered to students who already hold either a Cambridge ESOL Delta or a Trinity College London Diploma in TESOL (DipTESOL).

Programme structure

Study commences in September, and lasts for one year.

Semester one

  • Research Methods for Second Language Education 1
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Language Awareness

Semester two

  • Research Methods for Second Language Education 2
  • Language Teaching Methodology and Curriculum
  • Teaching and Assessing English as an International Language

You will also complete a 15,000-word Dissertation for the MA TESOL (you can choose your dissertation topic of research in semester two).

View Programme & Unit Catalogue for further information.

Learning and teaching

Our programmes are modular, consisting of self-contained units, taught and assessed on a semester basis. As you progress through each semester and successfully pass the examinations, you will receive credit for the units, thus providing you with a clear indication of your academic progress.

Teaching takes the form of lectures, classes and seminars. Lectures are quite formal, whereas classes and seminars involve interaction between the lecturer and a small number of students for study skills and discussion.

Core teaching staff

Methods of assessment

Assessment will be by written assignments. These will include language analysis, learner needs analysis, textbook and test design, and case studies of language learners in institutional settings.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

If you have studied, but not completed or received an award, for postgraduate units from another institution, you may be eligible to transfer credit for this prior learning.

If you already hold either a Cambridge ESOL Delta or a Trinity College London Diploma in TESOL (DipTESOL) you can receive credits equivalent to two units of study of the MA TESOL programme. This credit must have been obtained within the previous five years.

To apply, complete the Application for Accreditation of Prior Learning or contact us.


Upon graduating, you will be able to contribute academically and professionally to the rapidly changing world of international English language education.

You will be able to apply your knowledge of the latest theory, policy, and practice of international English language education to a variety of global professions, such as:

  • English language teacher / lecturer / instructor
  • Lecturer in English for Academic Purposes
  • Director of Studies / Assistant Director of Studies of a language school or department
  • Language teacher trainer
  • Trainer in intercultural communication and business communication skills

Entry requirements

Academic requirements

  • A good undergraduate degree (first or 2:1 Honours degree, or equivalent) in an appropriate subject, from a recognised university.

English Language requirements

Certificates must be dated to within two years of the start of the programme of study.

  • IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 6 in each component)
  • PTE Academic of 62 with no less than 59 in any component

If you wish to improve your English proficiency before commencing your studies, pre-sessional language training can be arranged through the Academic Skills Centre.

You may be eligible for a combined offer to include both pre-sessional English 5 (PS5) and the Master's degree programme. The advantage of this offer is that overseas students can apply for a Visa for the full duration of the programme rather than re-applying for a Visa at the end of the pre-sessional course.


  •  One academic reference is required.

How to apply

You can must apply to study through the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences Graduate School.

Financial information


Potential sources of funding


  • Deadline for Home/EU students: 31 August 2016
  • Deadline for overseas applications: 30 June 2016
  • Funding deadlines for Studentships and Scholarships


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Tel: +44 (0)1225 38 6180

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