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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Education

    Languages, Literature & Culture

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    MSc 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time; PgDip 9 months full-time or 21 months part-time

  • Course Type

    MSc, PgDip

  • Course Fees

    Tuition fees vary between degree programmes. Find the specific fees for your chosen programme on our website.

  • Last Updated

    29 October 2018

This programme will develop your love of language and its teaching, giving you the knowledge and professional skills you need to enter the challenging field of language education or to extend your current career.

Whether you are a newly qualified or experienced teacher, or you are involved in a related area of language teaching, such as curriculum development, you will benefit from the blend of educational and linguistic foundations on offer.

You will learn through a combination of fundamental theory and practice, including classroom observation.

You will benefit from unrivalled joint resources and expertise offered by the Department of Linguistics & English Language, English Language Education at the Centre for Open Learning, and the Moray House School of Education: all leading centres for the studies of language and teaching.

NB. Please note this programme was formerly called MSc Language Teaching. Courses and structure will remain the same.

Programme structure

For the Masters (MSc) you will complete five compulsory courses and two optional courses, plus a dissertation. The Diploma (PgDip) comprises a similar combination of compulsory and optional courses.

Compulsory courses:

  • Language and the Learner
  • Language, Education and Society
  • Professional Practice
  • Research Methods (Part 1) Sources of Knowledge
  • Research Methods (Part 2) Conceptualising Research: Foundations, Assumptions and Praxis

Option courses may include:

  • Language Testing
  • Evaluation and Design of TESOL Materials
  • Online Language Learning
  • Text and Discourse in Language Teaching
  • Second Language Teacher Education
  • Language Awareness for Second Language Teachers
  • Investigating Individual Learner Differences
  • Corpus Linguistics and Language Teaching
  • Global Englishes and Language Teaching
  • Language and Culture Pedagogy
  • Applied Linguistics and Language Teaching
  • Teaching Languages to Young Learners

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this programme you will be able to:

  • Show understanding of seminal as well as recent concepts and theories in the field of language education.
  • Critically review and engage with key principles underlying the field of language education.
  • Plan and execute a significant piece of research of your choice relevant to the field of language education.
  • Creatively apply theory to practice in a context sensitive manner.

Career opportunities

This qualification will allow you to pursue opportunities in foreign or second language teaching, either as a newly qualified teacher looking to enter the profession, an experienced practitioner seeking to diversify or reinforce your current career, or a non-qualified teacher with an interest in foreign language tuition.

You will also gain a host of valuable transferable skills that you can carry into any career situation.


Visit the Language Teaching (MSc/PgDip) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

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