MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Year of entry


Study in the historic city of Canterbury, just 60 miles from London and with easy access to the continent.


As the generally accepted highest academic degree in the field, an MA TESOL demonstrates knowledge and understagnding of English language teaching, a familiarity with a range of relevant literature and an ability to research and to present ideas on related subjects.

20% Alumni discount

UK and EU Christ Church alumni are eligible for a 20% discount on self-funded Postgraduate Taught Masters and Masters by Research.

Participating in the programme means becoming part of an established professional community, reflecting on and sharing your experience and developing expertise.

You will:

develop your teaching expertise and an understanding of many approaches to teaching English as a foreign, second or other language

  • develop your teaching expertise and an understanding of many approaches to teaching English as a foreign, second or other language
  • develop an ability to present an argument in an academic context
  • learn how to carry out research related to many aspects of TESOL
  • exchange views and experience with international colleagues

The course offers:

  • a taught first stage
  • a second dissertation stage with an individual tutor
  • a substantial core of modules and a variety of elective modules
  • the chance to obtain TEFL Q or TEFL I status, according to British Council criteria, through a Teaching Practice module
  • as an alternative to Teaching Practice, a Practical Project module, providing an opportunity to develop an original product with practical application in a field of TESOL

The MA in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is a professional development qualification designed both for practising teachers of English as a foreign or second language (the Professional route) and for graduates who wish to begin a career in English language teaching (the Fundamentals route).

It allows both practising teachers and graduates who are relatively new to the field to develop and to further their professional competence alongside an understanding of the theoretical implications of the practice of ELT.

The programme also includes a Teaching Practice element, leading to professionally valuable TEFL Q or TEFL I status, according to British Council criteria - or an alternative Practical Project module, for students who prefer not to take Teaching Practice.

In Stage 1, the core components are

  • Exploring English Language Teaching: Past, Present & Future
  • Language Systems & Appropriate Pedagogy
  • Second Language Learning
  • Teaching Practice or Practical Project
  • Research Methods in TESOL
  • Contemporary Topics in TESOL

Content for this component responds to student demand for:

  • Cultural Issues
  • Drama in ELT
  • Course Design
  • Assessment
  • Using Technology
  • Young Learners
  • Materials & Task Design
  • Teaching Refugees
  • Special Educational Needs in TESOL

In Stage 2, with the support and guidance of an individual Supervisor, you write a Dissertation on a topic of your choice in the field of TESOL.

As you would expect of an academic programme at this level, Canterbury Christ Church University boasts experienced teaching staff, a reputation for academic excellence, and a balance of theory and practice – plus a keen interest in applications in the real world of ELT. 

We also pride ourselves on a warm, welcoming atmosphere, a strong international community spirit, and commitment to involving students in the development of the programme.

Thanks to input from students, we offer a programme with routes designed both for students with and for students without previous teaching experience, and a course of supervised Teaching Practice for all students who want it.  With this  included in your programme,  you will graduate as TEFL- qualified or TEFL- initiated, according to British Council criteria, further enhancing your value to future employers.

Alternatively, you can take the Practical Project module, an opportunity to create and develop an original product (for example, a sequence of teaching materials, an IT-based learning resource, or reference material for teachers …) with practical, real-world application in a field of TESOL.

If you are already TEFL-Qualified (with a Cambridge DELTA or equivalent), you may apply for exemptions from 3 modules.  Typically, this allows you a ‘fast-track’ programme, beginning your studies in November instead of Sersptember.

From observation of experienced teachers in the classroom to programme-specific research training, you will be given the support you need, including the university’s free, dedicated Student Support Service to develop your academic English.


2019/20 tuition fees for this course

Fee per stageUK/EUOverseas
Full MA £7,700 (full time)  £12,420 (full time)
PG Diploma £3,425 (part time) N/A
MA, continuation from PG Diploma £4,275 (part time) N/A

Alumni of Canterbury Christ Church University are eligible for a 20% discount on this course, subject to terms and conditions.

Tuition fees for all courses which last more than one academic year are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

There will be an annual inflationary increase in tuition fees for this course where the course lasts more than one academic year. For further information read the 2019/20 Tuition fee statements and continuing fee information.

Government loans of up to £10,906 are available for some postgraduate Master’s courses for students starting their course from 1 August 2018. Loans are subject to both personal and course eligibility criteria.

The rules around course eligibility mean that in some cases it may depend on how you are studying (full-time or part-time) as to whether you can apply for a postgraduate loan. To check whether your course is eligible, you can  email the Student Fees Team or call 01227 923 948.

Read more about  postgraduate masters student loans.

Students may self-fund their course or a sponsor may fund or part-fund. Bursaries, scholarships and fee discounts may also be available.

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any library fees and fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

With an MA TESOL, your career prospects are enhanced, with paths into

  • primary, secondary or tertiary school management abroad
  • senior, advisory, management and leadership positions, e.g. as Directors of Studies or Academic Directors in local and national English language schools
  • work with Departments of Ministries of Education, such as curriculum and syllabus design, materials writing and assessment
  • ELT publishing
  • teacher training
  • testing and writing for examination boards
  • academic research

Teaching is delivered through lectures, seminars, groupwork, practical work related to teaching, and guided independent study. Input sessions are generally organised to make the most of the variety of backgrounds and learning and teaching contexts that students bring to the programme, and all are encouraged to share experience and insights.

Teaching staff are all widely experienced professionals in the world of ELT, with backgrounds in teaching, teacher training, course design, assessment and ELT management, and a variety of published work and specialist areas of research and interest.

Applications for this course can be completed online.

For further information, please read our guidance on how to apply online.

Or contact the School of Language Studies and Applied Linguistics on:

Tel: +44 (0)1227 782585

Email: language.studies@canterbury.ac.uk

"I got good support anytime I asked it.  Coming from Mexico, it was really important for me to adapt and the teachers’ support made this a lot easier for me. 

"Studying on this MA has also opened doors which have enabled me to work in the UK and experience different styles of teaching English."


"I enjoyed the course very much. It was well-designed and well-organised. Every teacher was very caring. Although it was not easy for me to write essays, I managed to finish the course with their support and guidance. I was happy having lovely class mates: they were also teachers of English from all over the world. Studying with them was a good stimulus."


"The teaching staff are very enthusiastic about their subject and were very supportive especially when it came to writing the MA. The assignment deadlines were also realistic for part-time students. I found being on the course increased my sense of identity as a professional and allowed me to communicate on many theoretical issues with other practitioners."


"I have met such wonderful professors and classmates in this course. I got a lot of inspiration, and this course will surely enrich my future study and career as a teacher. Thank you very much for your great support throughout the year!"


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UCAS institution code

  • C10


  • 12 months

    2 years part-time

Entry requirements

  • Applicants are expected to have a relevant Bachelor's degree at 2:2 or above.

    In addition, for the Fundamentals route you will need proven language learning ability; for the Professional route you will need at least one year's classroom teaching experience.

    For both routes, if your mother tongue is not English we require IELTS 6.5 or equivalent, with 6.0 minimum in each paper ā€“ or, if your English is not quite at this level, our Pre-sessional programme is available to bring your English up to the level you need.



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