This course is designed for professionals who wish to develop their critical understanding of recent developments in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL). You will cover theory and practice, reflect on your own teaching, and conduct independent research into teaching and learning.

If you are a teacher of English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) or working in a related profession, this course can help you build on your existing knowledge and experience, improve your career prospects, take up a more senior position within your institution. It will also prepare you for researching your own teaching or applying for a research degree (MPhil/ PhD/EdD).

Our TESOL programme offers a range of modules which provide you with considerable freedom in selecting course components to suit your individual needs and interests. We also encourage you to develop your own areas of interest through your dissertation research.

Course structure

For the MA in TESOL you will need to successfully complete 180 credits. Core and elective modules, including written work, will make up 120 credits. In addition, you will need to submit a dissertation worth 60 credits in a subject related to one of the modules and approved by your tutor.

Modules are taught within a block of three days over extended weekends. At the end of each face-to-face teaching period,you are provided opportunities for tutorials individually, in groups and/or using other means of communication such as email, telephone or video conference.

You can study for an postgraduate diploma or postgraduate certificate. 


Typical core modules:

  • Applied Linguistics for TESOL
  • Developments in Language Teaching Methodology
  • The Language Learner and Language Learning

Typical optional modules:

  • Current Issues in TESOL
  • English for Specific Purposes
  • Learning to Train
  • Materials Evaluation and Design
  • Technology Enhanced Language Learning
  • The Management of Language Teaching Organisations 

Up to four electives will be offered each year, depending on recruitment. Up to 30 credits' worth of electives may be chosen by negotiation from electives offered by the School of Education. 


Modules are assessed by a 3,500-4,000 word assignment or equivalent. The dissertation is an original piece of work and should be approximately 12,000-15,000 words on an approved topic.

Entry requirements

A relevant second class honours degree (or international equivalent). Relevant experience may be required for some of the modules.

Mature applicants without any standard entry requirements but have substantial and relevant experience may be considered for an entry at the Postgraduate Certificate level and the acceptance is at the discretion of the School of Education.

Applicants must have graduated from an approved university. Other equivalent qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in each element)
  • TOEFL (iBT): 87 (minimum 20 in Speaking and 19 in all other elements)
  • PTE (Academic): 62 (with no less than 55 in each element)

IELTS and TOEFL test results must be less than 2 years old and all IELTS must be the academic version of the test.