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

This masters degree will:

  • enhance your understanding of key concepts and ideas dealt with in the professional and academic literature relevant to second/foreign language education and within the field of applied linguistics
  • give you insight into a wider range of perspectives on the theory, policy and practice of TESOL, second/foreign language education and applied linguistics
  • enable you to analyse, synthesise and evaluate primary and secondary sources
  • help you to plan and implement small-scale research projects
  • develop your aptitude for sustained and independent argument
  • increase your capacity for critical self-reflection.


This masters degree provides the opportunity to:

  • discuss and debate issues related to English language education, teaching second/foreign languages and applied linguistics with MA students and staff in the LinE group
  • explore the interface between theory and practice
  • discuss your ongoing work with module tutors and writing specialists from the Academic Writing Centre
  • reflect on your own professional work in the light of current theory and research in TESOL and applied linguistics.

Who is this programme for?

Practising teachers of English as a second or foreign language (ESL, EFL, ESOL) throughout the world. We accept teachers of other languages on the understanding that most of the examples used during the programme will be drawn from English language teaching.

Recent graduates who have not yet gained experience as English language teachers should see our TESOL (pre-service) MA

Entry requirements

Normally, a good first degree in a relevant field (e.g. English language, literature, modern foreign languages, linguistics, education) plus a minimum of two years' full time (or equivalent part-time) language teaching experience post first degree.

Candidates with less professional experience post first degree will be considered if they have an outstanding academic record in a relevant field and can demonstrate insight into language learning and teaching. Alternatively these candidates can apply for the TESOL (pre-service) MA

Candidates without a degree in a relevant field will need a teaching qualification plus a minimum of five years' full-time language teaching experience post first degree

If you have successfully completed the Cambridge ESOL Diploma in English Language Teaching (DELTA) or the Trinity Diploma in TESOL within the past six years, you are eligible for exemption from one 30-credit optional module.

Core topics

  • Language teaching and methodology
  • Sociolinguistic and sociocultural perspectives on language teaching
  • Describing and analysing language systems.

How are you assessed?

By coursework assignments of up to 5,000 words and a dissertation portfolio of up to 17,500 words.


Face-to-face daytime and/or evening sessions.

Where do our students go?

Graduates of this masters degree are currently working as:

  • English language teachers from the early years to HE
  • senior managers and directors of study in the private sector and in state schools
  • textbook and materials writers, editors and publishers
  • education journalists
  • NGO and development officers
  • education consultants, policy advisers and researchers
  • PhD students.

Visa Information

This programme is suitable for international students on a Tier 4 visa - study must be full-time, face-to-face, starting October or January

For more information about visas please see our guide to visas for study (pdf, 0.32mb). You can also contact (by email) the international support team for advice.


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