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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (MSc/PgDip/PgCert)

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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Education

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    MSc: 1 year full-time, 2-6 years part-time, PgDip: 9 months full-time, 1-4 years part-time, PgCert: 4 months full-time or 1-2 years part-time

  • Course Type

    MSc, PgDip, PgCert

  • Course Fees

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

  • Last Updated

    02 October 2019

Programme description

Suitable for both experienced teachers and newcomers to the field, this Master's degree is designed for students who plan to teach English as a second, foreign or additional language (EFL, ESL, TESOL) in the UK or internationally, as well as students who plan to work or do research in the contexts of teacher education, teacher training, management, course design, materials development, policy design, language analysis and/or assessment.

This programme combines theory and practice to equip you with the essential language teaching skills you need to teach English to speakers of other languages. It allows you to upgrade your knowledge of language, methodology and curriculum design and shows you how to focus on the needs of the learner.

You will learn to design, implement and evaluate substantial research or development tasks, and adapt your planning and teaching approaches to changing contexts and circumstances.

You will graduate with greater professional knowledge and enhanced confidence in your ability to teach the English language to any student.

Programme structure

For the Masters (MSc) you will complete five compulsory courses and two option courses, plus a dissertation. The Diploma (PgDip) and Certificate (PgCert) comprise similar combinations of compulsory and optional courses.

Compulsory courses

  • Language and the Learner
  • Second Language Teaching Curriculum
  • TESOL Methodology
  • Sources of Knowledge: Understanding and analysing research literature
  • Conceptualising Research: Foundations, Assumptions and Praxis

Option courses may include

  • Corpus Linguistics and Language Teaching
  • Critical literacies and critical pedagogies in L1 and L2 contexts
  • Evaluation and Design of TESOL Materials
  • Global Englishes for Language Teaching
  • Investigating Individual Learner Differences
  • Language and Culture Pedagogy
  • Language Awareness for Second Language Teachers
  • Language Testing
  • Online Language Learning
  • Second Language Teacher Education
  • Teaching Languages to Young Learners
  • Teaching Text Across Borders
  • Text, Discourse and Language Teaching
  • Theory and Practice of Second Language Learning

(Not all options run every year.)

Career opportunities

With a strong foundation in teaching and research, our students are employed worldwide in all areas of the English language teaching profession. Examples roles include:

  • training other TESOL teachers
  • management of TESOL education
  • teaching English at primary, secondary or tertiary level
  • teaching English in specialised fields (e.g. business English)
  • designing TESOL curricula, materials and policies

Representatives from international teacher recruitment agencies visit our campus every year to talk to our students and conduct on-campus recruitment interviews with shortlisted candidates for TESOL-related posts.

The MSc is a good introduction to an advanced research degree. You will also develop a range of highly transferable communication and professional skills which can be applied to roles in any field.


Visit the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (MSc/PgDip/PgCert) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

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