Extend your knowledge of the processes that underpin and facilitate language learning

You’ll learn about new developments in applied linguistics research and will be able to reflect on these in light of your own practical expertise.

This course is designed for applicants from the UK or overseas who wish to pursue a career in teaching English as a foreign language. You should have an equivalent of at least 12 months of classroom experience of teaching English on a full-time basis.You’ll study the processes of language learning, with specific reference to learning English as a foreign language.

Study Details:

1 year full-time

Module Details:

Core modules
Language for Education (20 credits)
Teaching and Learning Language (20 credits)
Research Methods in Education: (20 credits)
Planning and Communicating Research (20 credits)

Option modules
You will choose two option modules, including at least one from the following list:

Teaching English for Academic Purposes (20 credits)
Teaching World Englishes (20 credits)
Testing and Assessment in English Language Teaching (20 credits)

and up to one from the following list:

Bilingualism (20 credits)
Cross-linguistic Influences in Second Language Acquisition (20 credits)
Discourse Analysis and Language Teaching (20 credits)
Language Curriculum Design and Evaluation (20 credits)
Psychology of Language and Language Learning (20 credits)
Technology Enhanced Learning and Teaching (20 credits)
Topics in Second Language Acquisition (20 credits)

Student Destinations

This course is an ideal grounding for postgraduate students looking to go on to further study such as PhD or for a career in the education sector.

Many of our graduates become English language teachers all around the world, in private language schools, state schools, universities and other organisations requiring English language instruction. Others find employment opportunities in areas of course and syllabus design, and materials writing in large and small scale publishing houses.

Our postgraduate courses can be used to complement teacher training/development programmes and voluntary or paid roles which focus on the more practical elements of teaching. However, other than our PGCE, our courses are not teacher training programmes in themselves.

Career opportunities

  • Teaching and academia
  • Publishing
  • Media
  • Local government
  • Education policy
  • Information management
  • Human resources


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Entry Requirements

2:1 or equivalent in a relevant discipline such as English Language, Linguistics or Education with a substantial English component

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