The teaching staff are very enthusiastic and supportive. Being on the course increased my sense of identity as a professional and allowed me to explore theoretical issues in depth with other practitioners.


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    English teachers are in high demand across the globe. Our MA TESOL is a great choice whether you are a practising professional keen to take your English teaching to a higher level or a graduate looking to begin an exciting career that opens a world of possibilities.  

    Studying an MA at university makes you part of an academic community from day one. The support services and facilities you'll have access to as a university student are excellent. 

    We also offer one of the few MA TESOL courses in the UK that includes teaching practice. 

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

      Entry requirements

      Applicants are expected to have a relevant Honours degree at 2:2 or above.

      For the Professional route you will need at least one year's full-time classroom teaching experience.

      If English is not your first language you require a minimum of IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in writing and no less than 5.5 in all other bands or equivalent – 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. There are some exceptions and if the IELTS requirement differs it will be specified on the course page.

      Honours Degree

      Module information

      Core/optional modules

      *Modules subject to validation

      How you’ll learn

      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.

      We run this course on a full-time basis (one academic year) and a part-time basis (over two academic years). The part-time Professional route takes place on a Wednesday afternoon.

      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 is revised annually and for 2020-21 will consist of sessions selected from the following:

      • Assessment
      • Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL)
      • Course Design
      • Cultural Issues
      • Drama in ELT
      • Materials & Task Design
      • Teaching Refugees
      • Teacher Training
      • Using Technology
      • Young Learners

      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.

      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.

      How you’ll be assessed

      Assessment is by coursework: essays, reports, portfolios, oral presentations, supervised teaching practice and the final 15,000-word Dissertation.

      Coursework and dissertation


      Your future career

      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

      The MA TESOL will strengthen your English language teaching CV. It will boost your pedagogical skills and enhance paths into senior, management & leadership and teacher-training positions.

      Diana FreemanCourse Director


      Government loans of up to £11,222 are available for some postgraduate Master’s courses for students starting their course from 1 August 2020. 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.

      2022/23 tuition fees for this course

        UK Overseas
      Full-time £8,250 £14,500
      Part-time £4,125 N/A

      20% Alumni Discount

      We offer alumni discounts on CCCU Postgraduate Taught, PGCE Primary and Secondary, and Masters by Research courses for eligible students.

      Find out if you're eligible for the discount.


      Important Information on Tuition Fees

      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 2022/23 Tuition fee statements and continuing fee information.

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