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Course content

This programme will develop your love of language and its teaching, giving you the knowledge and professional skills you need to enter this challenging area, 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 class observation.

You will benefit from unrivalled joint resources and expertise offered by the department of Linguistics & English Language, the Institute for Applied Language Studies and the Moray House School of Education: all leading centres for the studies of language and teaching.

Programme structure

For the MSc you will complete six compulsory courses and two optional courses, plus a dissertation. The 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
  • Research Methods (Part 3) Planning Research

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

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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