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


Course 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 MSc you will complete three compulsory courses and two option courses, plus a dissertation. The PgDip and 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
  • Research Methods (Part 3) Planning Research

Option courses may include (note: not all options run every year):

  • 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

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 skills, such as 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 page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a relevant discipline. Previous teaching experience is not required.

Alternatively, you may be considered on the basis of employment or relevant experience; please contact us to check.

If you are studying at a Chinese 211 institution, you must have a minimum overall average of 80% for courses and at least 80% on the dissertation. For non-211 institutions, you must have an average of 85% for courses and 80% on the dissertation.

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