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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) MA

Course Description

This programme is intended for those interested in a career in English language teaching and for teachers of English who wish to upgrade their professional standing. On the programme, we explore different approaches to the teaching and learning of English and study the close relationship between language teaching theory and practice.

Course content

You will study four core modules:

- Introduction to Language
- Syllabus and Materials Design
- Second Language Teaching and Learning
- Research Methods in Applied Linguistics

You will also choose three optional modules from a range which may include the following:

- Business English
- Computer Assisted Language Learning
- Cognitive Linguistics and Language Learning
- Corpus Linguistics
- English as a Global Language
- English for Specific/Academic Purposes
- Genre Analysis
- Intercultural Communication
- Language and Literature
- Language and New Media
- Language and Politics
- Management of Innovation
- Media Literacy
- Teacher Training
- Teaching Young Learners

You will also complete a 15,000-word dissertation.

You will do a total of six assessed pieces of coursework over the year. For assessment purposes, one of the modules you take during the spring term will be ‘linked’ with the Research Methods module – that is, you will produce a piece of work in the field covered by that module, but with a particular focus on research methods.


This programme can be studied full-time over one year (finishing in September 2016), or part-time over 15 months (finishing in December 2016). The full-time mode requires attendance at classes during the autumn and spring semesters, with six months to complete your dissertation. The part-time mode also requires full-time attendance at classes during the autumn and spring semesters (amounting to approximately 14 hours a week) and you will then have nine months to complete your dissertation on a flexible part-time basis.


The University of Birmingham has been ranked 8th in the UK and 60th in the world for post-qualification employability in the latest global survey of universities commissioned by the International Herald Tribune.

Over the last five years, over 95% of English postgraduates have been in work and/or further study six months after graduation using the transferable skills gained in their postgraduate degree.

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open day (Friday 4 March 2016). Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

Visit the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) MA page on the University of Birmingham website for more details!

Entry Requirements

2:1 Honours degree in English or a relevant subject

Course Fees

£7,200 FT only (UK/EU); £15,540 FT only (overseas)

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