University of Nottingham

Degree level: Postgraduate

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

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Course summary

The development of globalisation has brought with it a greater need to be able to speak proficient English. This has resulted in more career prospects for English language teachers and exciting opportunities to work across the globe. The course is ideal for those who are currently involved in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and wish to build upon their existing knowledge and experience. It has been designed to develop and encourage your critical understanding of the latest developments in TESOL theory and practice. It will enable you to reflect on your own teaching practice/context and help improve your career prospects, whilst preparing you to conduct independent research into teaching and learning. Our tutors are experts in their academic context and actively research leading concepts. Their vast knowledge influences the topics covered on the course and optional modules allow you to explore specific aspects of language education that interest you. With an advanced education degree from the University of Nottingham, you will graduate with all the knowledge, practical skills and confidence to pursue your career goals. You may have the opportunity to take part in a community-based project to provide language teaching to refugees who need general and functional English language to survive and adapt to life in the UK, adding invaluable experience to your professional portfolio. If you wish to take a more blended approach to studying, you can choose to study this course on one of our ‘global routes’. These routes provide you with the flexibility to combine studying face-to-face, online and across our international campuses. Please visit our course webpage for full details.


We offer a range of support including interactive, collaborative teaching methods, individual tutorials, opportunities to pursue your professional and research interests, access to extensive study materials and free support for developing proficiency in academic English. The taught element of this course is made up of four 30-credit modules, plus a 60-credit dissertation. It can be completed over one year full-time, or two years part-time plus an eight-month dissertation period. There are PGDip and PGCert exit points, and it is also available at the University's Malaysia Campus, or via online study.

Assessment method

Each 30-credit module is assessed by a 6,000-word written assignment or equivalent. To complete the masters, you must achieve a pass of 50% on each assignment. The 15,000-word dissertation is an original piece of work and should be related to one of the selected modules on an approved topic.

Entry requirements

2:2 level (or international equivalent). A minimum of two years full-time classroom English language teaching experience (or equivalent part-time hours). If an applicant has a first degree that includes a significant focus (approximately one third) on language, teaching or linguistics theory and methodology OR has successfully completed a substantial, approved TESOL methodology course, the experience required can be reduced to a minimum of one years full-time classroom English teaching experience (or equivalent hours part-time experience). The teaching experience calculation should NOT include a teaching practicum taken as part of a course. Applicants should show how hours for part-time English teaching experience have been calculated. Applicants who have online teaching experience will need to show how their hours have been calculated, and provide written evidence from employers (to be submitted at the time of application). A personal statement is required that demonstrates both a clear understanding of the course and relevant motivation for pursuing studies in TESOL plus, if possible, details of any relevant professional or work experience in an educational setting. IELTS: 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element).

Fees and funding

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