This is a Masters course that can take you into employment anywhere in the world. If you are enthusiastic about teaching English to speakers of other languages, then our course offers you vocationally-relevant, research-led training of the highest quality, taught by academics known for their teaching excellence. You explore teaching methods and the description of English used in the investigation of language learning and teaching, and study additional topics according to your needs. These might include: 

  • How second language learners acquire the four skills as well as language systems 
  • How the four skills, vocabulary and grammar can be taught 
  • How language learning can be assessed and tested 
  • How different aspects of the psychology of language learners and teachers influence learning and classroom practice 
  • How language lessons are planned, how materials are evaluated and designed, and how language classrooms can be managed 

You also gain hands-on teaching experience through our Teaching Practice I and Teaching Practice II modules. 

Whether you have no prior teaching experience or are already an English language teacher, this course can be adapted to suit you. If you have little or no previous teaching experience, you receive ‘hands on’ teaching practice throughout our teaching practice modules, while if you already have more than two year’s full-time teaching experience, you can undertake specialist study through our reflective practitioner options instead. 

You’ll be part of our Centre for Research in Language Development throughout the Lifespan (LaDeLi), a unique research centre specialising in all aspects of language learning and development. 

We are a leading UK university for language and linguistics research, a place where talented students become part of an academic community in which the majority of research is rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (REF 2014). We’re also ranked 13th in the UK for Linguistics in the QS World University Rankings by Subject (2020). 

Why we’re great. 

  • Perfect the skills to take on a TESOL role anywhere in the world 
  • Study in our world-renowned language and linguistics department 
  • Enjoy the flexibility of a course which adapts to suit your needs and builds on your experience 

Study Details:

MA 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Student Destinations

Takers of our MA TESOL come with the specific intention of entering the ELT/TESOL profession, which they duly go on to do.

Experiences English language teachers also join us to update their expertise and return to the classroom with a career enhancement.

The specialist knowledge you gain enables you to take senior or specialist roles, not necessarily only in the classroom but also in educational advice and management, programme evaluation, syllabus design and teacher education.


For fees and funding options including scholarships available please visit website to find out more

Entry Requirements

A 2.2 degree (or international equivalent) in the following disciplines: English Language Studies, English Language and Literature, Teaching(English), Linguistics, Modern Languages.

We will also consider applicants with a degree in an unrelated area but which contains a substantial element of English language, language education, linguistics, language studies or language teaching, or who can demonstrate a personal or professional interest or expertise in English and/or English language teaching.

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