• Applied Linguistics and TESOL

Why study at Roehampton

  • There is a strong emphasis on the application of linguistic knowledge in the classroom.
  • A flexible choice of modules allows students to specialise in areas of interest.
  • A focus on research skills in learning and teaching in students’ own contexts.
  • Roehampton is ranked best modern university in London (Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015) and the most research-intensive modern university in the UK (Research Excellence Framework 2015).

There is a demand throughout the world for graduates with qualifications and expertise in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL). Our MA in TESOL is designed for students with an undergraduate degree in English, linguistics and related fields who are intending to have a career in English teaching. It will also be of interest to those who are already teachers of English and would like to increase their professional expertise by advancing their analytical knowledge of English and up-to-date teaching methods.

More details

To complete the MA degree, you will need to pass in six modules over two terms, after which you will undertake a research project with the guidance of a supervisor and write a thesis. Students who complete only the six modules, and do not write a research thesis, can graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma. Those who wish to do so can complete a Postgraduate Certificate by passing three modules.

MA and Postgraduate Diploma

You will complete the six modules during the programmes. We offer a compulsory year-long module on Research Methods. In the first term you will take one compulsory module (recent examples have included Syntax and Morphology for Language Teaching) and one or two optional modules. In the second term you will take two compulsory modules (recent examples have included Theories of Second Language Learning; Discourse Analysis and Language Teaching) and may also take one optional module.

Example modules

  • Syntax and Morphology for Language Teaching
  • Theories of Second Language Learning
  • Discourse Analysis and Language Teaching

Career options

There are excellent opportunities around the world for teachers with an MA in TESOL. Related career possibilities include policy adviser, trainer of trainers, and designer of teaching materials. Applied linguistics is a very useful basis for a range of careers in publishing, editing and communication.





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1 year (full-time); 2 years (part-time)

Programme start


Tuition fees

£7,200 (2016; full-time UK/EU)
£400 per ten credits (2016; part-time UK/EU)

£13,000 (2016; full-time International)
£725 per ten credits (2016; part-time International)

For further fee information see our UK/EU or International finance pages

Programme outline

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Further information

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