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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

    29 October 2018

Course content

Programme description

Whether you are a new or experienced teacher, this dynamic programme's challenging combination of theory and practice will provide you with the essential language teaching skills you need to teach English to speakers of other languages.

Designed primarily for EFL, ESL and TESOL teachers, teacher trainers, head teachers and materials/curriculum/policy designers, 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 three 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:

  • TESOL Methodology
  • Language and the Learner
  • Second Language Teaching Curriculum
  • Research Methods (Part 1) Sources of Knowledge
  • Research Methods (Part 2) Conceptualising Research: Foundations, Assumptions and Praxis

Option courses may include:

  • Evaluation and Design of TESOL Materials
  • Language Testing
  • Online Language Learning
  • Teaching Text Across Borders
  • Theory and Practice of Second Language Learning
  • Language Awareness for Second Language Teachers
  • Investigating Individual Learner Differences
  • Language and Culture Pedagogy

(NB. Not all options run every year.)

Career opportunities

This qualification can lead to a variety of roles in the TESOL field such as:

  • 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)

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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