Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) at University of St Andrews - UCAS

University of St Andrews

Degree level: Postgraduate

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (Taught)

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Course summary

These courses provide the opportunity to integrate the theory and practice of teaching English to speakers of other languages. They are designed to be useful to both experienced teachers and those considering a career in English language teaching. Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) programmes are run by the International Education Institute. Highlights

  • Integrate theory and practice – discuss theoretical concepts and frameworks in small groups and in online written forums and apply these through practical assessments.
  • Interact with a global cohort of students, studying both in St Andrews and by distance learning around the world, through module learning activities.
  • Access an optional and supplementary resource bank of material in parallel with your PGT programme to support both your learning and the development of your professional identity.
  • Join experienced practitioners and scholars in the English language teaching community, with opportunities to be involved in ongoing professional development events and the annual English for Academic Purposes (EAP) conference.
In each module, you interact online in a weekly written discussion forum (or similar activity) with TESOL students in St Andrews and around the world, providing the opportunity to learn from peers living and working in a wide variety of contexts. While the programme does not include a teaching placement or practicum, it supports students in exploring how theory can be applied to real-word situations, through:
  • practical learning and assessment tasks
  • materials development activities.


The MSc requires you to take eight modules and complete a 15,000-word dissertation. The modules in this programme have varying methods of delivery and assessment. Those on the MSc and PGDip will take five compulsory modules plus three optional modules. Further information is available via the "Course contact details" section at the bottom of this webpage.

Assessment method

In these modules, you will integrate theory and practice by discussing and critiquing theoretical concepts and frameworks, and then applying them through a range of practical assessments. Assessments include:

  • a variety of different types of written assignments
  • presentations
- development of teaching plans

Entry requirements

Typically, you should have one of the following: - A 2.1 Honours degree or 3.3/4.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) is in any discipline. Applications are welcomed from all education systems. If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements. - Significant professional or other relevant experience alongside evidence of prior alternative learning (such as professional qualifications or certifications). If you require further information about our academic entrance requirements in relation to the education system you studied in, please contact [email protected]. **Recognition of prior learning** Some students may be eligible for recognition of prior learning (RPL) based on their previous studies, such as DELTA. The International Education Institute considers applications for RPL on a case-by-case basis in line with the University's recognition of prior learning policy. To confirm the exact amount of credit you could be awarded, please forward your relevant transcript to [email protected].

English language requirements

For the current English Language requirements please visit the English language requirements for postgraduate students on the University of St Andrews website.

English language requirements for postgraduate students


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

For the most current information on course fees please visit https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/study/fees-and-funding/postgraduate/taught/.

Sponsorship information

Recent Graduate Discount: The University of St Andrews offers a 10 percent reduction in postgraduate tuition fees for students who have graduated during the last three years and are now starting a postgraduate programme. Further details on awards are available from our Fees and Funding webpages: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/study/pg/fees-and-funding/scholarships/taught/

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) at University of St Andrews - UCAS