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Course content

The MSc in TESOL is a professionally-oriented higher degree aimed at graduates (native and non-native speakers) who intend to follow a career in English Language Teaching (ELT) and teachers who wish to extend and develop their knowledge of teaching English Language learners. The aim of this programme is to enable participants to gain the necessary knowledge and skills to devise and teach effective English Language courses, in addition to equipping students with the essential research and analytical skills to keep up with the rapid developments in the field.

There is a strong emphasis on learning through interaction; much of the course is organised around class-based data as a means of fostering awareness of issues which are rooted in the classroom.

Why Choose TESOL at Queen's?

◦As a prestigious Russell Group University, Queen’s is ranked 8th within the UK in relation to research intensity;
◦Education at Queen’s has been ranked 4th within the UK in relation to research intensity with 87% of the research undertaken within the School assessed as ‘internationally excellent or world leading’ (REF, 2014);
◦We provide high quality teaching delivered through face-to-face communication;
◦We limit the number of students on the course to facilitate learning through interaction with tutors and other students;
◦There is a mix of local students and international students on the course;
◦Supportive academic tutors and staff;
◦Graduates have found the programme very beneficial in gaining employment;
◦If you don’t want or need to study for the research dissertation, flexible exit qualifications (PG Diploma, PG Certificate) are available and individual course modules can also be taken as short courses.

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The MSc in TESOL is awarded to students who have successfully completed 180 CATS points (including 60 CATS points from a Master's dissertation).

Exit qualifications are available. Students may exit with a Postgraduate Diploma by successfully completing 120 CATS points from taught modules or a Postgraduate Certificate by successfully completing 60 CATS points from taught modules.

Short Courses

We've made it easy to study for a Masters module as a short course. If you would like to study for one of the modules in the MSc in TESOL as a short course, please contact the Education Secretary (tel: 028 9097 5923/ 5032, ) for advice.

Modules (all 20 CATS points)

Issues in Language Assessment for TESOL*
◦An Introduction to Research Methods: Children, Young People and Education (compulsory, online)
◦Language Awareness for TESOL
◦Language Learning for TESOL
◦Materials Development for TESOL
◦TESOL: Principles and Practices

Students must take 4x 20 CATS TESOL modules from the above list, together with the compulsory Perspectives in Educational Research. An additional 20 CATS module may be chosen from above or from the range of modules offered within the School’s modular Master’s degree programmes.

*students cannot take Assessment Issues in Teaching & Learning in Classrooms if taking this module.


There are no written examinations. Modules are assessed through written assignments, including case studies, language analysis and coursebook evaluations.

Visit the MSc (TESOL) Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages page on the Queen’s University Belfast website for more details!






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