Develop the skills and experience you need to springboard yourself to a successful career in English teaching.
1 year (full-time) or 2 years (part-time)
Number of credits:
PG Cert 60 credits
PG Dip 120 credits
MA 180 credits
You will gain in-depth knowledge of the structure of language at different levels of analysis and the relationship between language and use.
There is a strong emphasis on the application of linguistic knowledge in the classroom.
A flexible choice of modules allows you to specialise in areas that interest you.
Course and Module Details
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 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.
You will gain in-depth knowledge of the structure of language at different levels of analysis and the relationship between language and use. You will develop a critical understanding how English is learnt, taught and tested so that you can make informed decisions with regard to policy and practice in your TESOL career.
You will explore also the theories of learning a second language and look critically at the nature of discourse as the central feature of human interaction. You will also gain a solid foundation in approaches such as conversation analysis and pragmatics; narrative analysis; critical discourse analysis and genre analysis.
We offer pathways for students with various levels of experience and qualification:
- If you are quite new to TESOL, you will take Practice in TESOL, which focuses on key-teaching skills and carefully guided peer-teaching practice.
- If you have CELTA or equivalent and a relevant teaching position or voluntary placement, you can take the Portfolio in TESOL module, which supports the development of teaching practice in your professional context.
- If you have DELTA or equivalent, you will be exempted from 60 credits, allowing you to strengthen your knowledge of learning, teaching and testing while completing the MA in one year of part-time study.
You will also be trained in a wide range of research methods and undertake a dissertation in an area that is of particular interest to you and helps you to further your career goals. This element of the course also provides you with a strong foundation for further doctoral level study. You will become a member of Centre for Research in English Language and Linguistics (CRELL), a thriving forum for researchers with a wide range of interests in linguistics, applied linguistics and sociolinguistics.
These modules are those we currently offer and may be subject to change each year.
Students on this course are normally in Tuesdays and Wednesdays (day).
Contact us for further information.
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.
How to apply
You can apply now for any programme starting in April or September 2022.
All postgraduate taught applications can be made via our online application form.
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Postgraduate application process FAQs
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If you are a prospective postgraduate student who has home fee status, then you can apply close to the start of the course of study. However, if you have international fee status and require a Tier 4 Visa, then you will normally need to apply much earlier. Please see our application deadlines for postgraduate study.
We encourage all students to apply as early as possible, as some programmes have limited numbers.
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We offer scholarships, provide hardship funding and help you find advice on managing your finances while you study.
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