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MA TESOL and Applied Linguistics Programme

The MA in TESOL and Applied Linguistics programme offers excellent opportunities for those starting out in the field, and both inexperienced and experienced language teachers to develop careers in English language teaching.

The course is designed for anyone with an interest in the wider aspects of teaching English as a foreign language, combining innovative classroom practices with an understanding of issues such as language structure and research methodology.

Find out more about this course and apply


Course Structure

The course offers a core of English language teaching and English language focused modules, focusing on both theoretical and practical aspects of the English language and classroom practice. You will then have the opportunity to broaden your knowledge base by taking a optional modules covering a wide range of areas relevant to English language teaching. The MA is completed by a 15,000-word dissertation.

Core Modules

  • Classroom Methods 
  • Language for Teaching
  • Fundamentals of English Language Teaching
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation

Optional Modules

You can choose 4 optional modules, a wide range of which are offered. Optional modules are divided into two pathways, one more TESOL focused, and one more Applied Linguistics focused. You can choose modules from different streams where the timetable allows this.

Click on the pathways below to learn more.

N.B. Optional module availability is driven by factors including staff availability and student interest.  Not all optional modules will run in a given year, and we will not normally run a module if fewer than 10 students register for it.

MA Pathways

TESOL Pathway

More information about the TESOL Pathway.

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Applied Linguistics Pathway

More information about Applied Linguistics Pathway.

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MA courses are delivered via lectures, seminars, practical sessions and micro-teaching sessions, giving you a solid grounding in both the theoretical and practical aspects of the field. In many cases, contact hours will be a mixture of these approaches (rather than, say, a session consisting solely of a two-hour lecture). The balance will depend on the particular module, with some more suited to a lecture/seminar approach, others being of a more practical nature.

A key focus throughout the courses is on independent learning and student engagement. You are expected to participate in presentations, micro-teaching and the like. The average weekly number of contact hours over the first two terms is 12, you will fill the remaining time with reading, class preparation and assignments.

In addition, starting in the first term, you will attend a series of dissertation sessions (typically 2 hours per fortnight) culminating in a poster conference in the third term. You are assigned a dissertation supervisor, and can expect three or four meetings during the third term and the summer.

You will have an academic tutor, with whom you will meet on average once a term and all staff have office hours.

Entry Requirements

A good first degree (normally a UK 2.1 or equivalent)


English Language Requirements

Click here to read more on English language requirements for this course.


Fees and funding

The tuition fees for the 2022/23 academic year have not yet been finalised. They will be displayed here once available.

The tuition fees shown are for one complete academic year of full-time study, are set according to the academic year of entry, and remain the same throughout the duration of the programme for that cohort (unless otherwise stated).

Please also check costs for colleges and accommodation.