Study a subject with global relevance at a Department known as a centre of excellence in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and applied linguistics worldwide.
We are ranked in the top 150 universities in the world for English Language & Literature, and Linguistics, in the QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2022.
With 1,500 graduates in more than 40 countries pursuing careers in education, governmental and industry-related fields at all levels, the University’s long-established MA TESOL is dedicated to building expertise in the field.
Our postgraduate programmes promote intellectual rigour, imaginative insight and critical awareness, and develop professionals who are thoughtful practitioners. They are flexibly delivered to suit individual needs, and all modules are carefully designed to connect theory to practice.
Specialist tracks are available for those with and without teaching experience. You can choose either a dissertation or pre-service teaching experience track, and pick from an exceptionally wide range of core and optional modules. Those who already have teaching experience can take the MA TESOL dissertation track. Those who do not have teaching experience, can take our pre-service teaching experience MA TESOL with a portfolio of teaching-related assignments.
Both independence and interactional competence are promoted through our mix of lectures, small-class seminars and blended online support. Our Department supplements University student support services with individual academic tutor support and academic study skills training.
Located on one of the most beautiful campuses in the UK, our specialist facilities include outstanding library collections in TESOL/applied linguistics, a self-access language learning centre, and access to corpus facilities.
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