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Education Studies and TESOL

Course Description


The MSc in Education Studies and TESOL combines a broad exploration of educational issues, practical experience of observing local schools, and training in TESOL theory, practice and research. On the TESOL side, the degree will provide you with a solid grounding in the principles of language learning and teaching and an understanding of research methods in TESOL, as well as giving you the opportunity to pursue an interest in teaching young learners, computer-assisted and online language learning, or English grammar and discourse analysis. In education studies, you will join a programme of visits to local schools and learn about the wider pastoral role of being an educator in a professional context. You will engage in discussions around the issues of difference and diversity and consider critically some of the wider theoretical and policy-based contexts for professional practice. You will also explore different approaches to educational research and their underlying assumptions.

Who is this course for?

This degree is particularly appropriate for teachers (with at least one year’s experience) who want to study for a post-graduate degree with a strong education element as well as a focus on TESOL. You may be attracted by a broader qualification than the MSc TESOL, or you may want to extend your teaching experience with knowledge about TESOL. You may be planning to teach in a state school or in an international school, and you may teach other subjects as well as English. The degree will also be relevant to you if you wish to go on to study for a PhD or to work in teacher education or school management.

Top reasons to study with us

1) You will gain a Master’s level TESOL qualification in teaching from an Education centre for excellence that is ranked 9th in the UK, The Times Good University Guide, 2016.
2) The qualification combines a focus on TESOL with a broader understanding of educational theory and practice.
3) It involves visits to local schools, which will give you a first-hand experience of the pastoral role of teachers in schools.
4) You will have the opportunity to work with home and international students from a wide range of backgrounds.
5) You will be taught by TESOL professionals who have combined experience of living and teaching in all continents of the world


Delivery and assessment

The taught modules delivered on a face-to-face and blended basis. The delivery types (e.g. lectures, workshops and student presentations) are carefully selected to suit the module content and your needs.

Summative assessment for the taught modules will vary depending on their respective learning outcomes (e.g. presentation, annotated bibliography, essay, research proposal). For each 20-credit module, you will be asked to produce a piece of work which is equivalent to a 3,000-word essay.

Study abroad opportunities

As one of our TESOL students, you will be able to avail of fantastic opportunities to gain valuable work experience in teaching English to speakers of other languages in 33 European countries through the Erasmus+ traineeships, or through our partnership with the São Paulo State University (UNESP) in Brazil. These traineeship/placement opportunities also provide you with a chance to network with colleagues in other institutions and/or to collect data for your study.

Please check the overseas placements page for additional information. http://www.stir.ac.uk/education/tesol-overseas-placements/


The University of Stirling is committed to enhancing your employability. Once you register for the MSc Education Studies and TESOL, you will have access to the first-class range of services offered by the Career Development Centre, which you can avail of even after your graduation. Within TESOL, we additionally provide you with a tailored workshop series entitled “My career in TESOL” aimed at developing your awareness of continuous professional development, your knowledge of job market requirements and your confidence in applying for jobs.

Industry connections

The programme is taught by experienced researchers who have extensive connections in the field of TESOL, including publishers and governmental organizations such as the British Council. You will have a chance to network with a range of other key players in the field who are invited to deliver workshops and seminars in our ELTR (English Language Teaching and Research) event series.

Visit the Education Studies and TESOL page on the University of Stirling website for more details!

Student Profiles

TESOL Quarter Scholarships - 4 Awards

We are offering four “Quarter Scholarships” to overseas applicants our full-time TESOL degree for the academic year 2016-17. These are 25% tuition fee reductions – a saving of almost £3,500! All students paying overseas tuition fees and not in receipt of other funding are eligible.Other information about this scholarship:Recipients of this scholarship cannot be in receipt of any other external funding but may be in the process of applying for this
Financial need cannot be taken into consideration.
The Scholarship is only available to international students who will be in full-time study.
The Scholarship does not apply to our online TESOL programme

Value of Scholarship(s)

25% tuition fee reductions – a saving of almost £3,500!


All applicants who have made firm acceptances of our offer (conditional or unconditional) will be automatically considered. Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academic merit and the demonstration of a personal commitment to teaching shown in the applicant’s personal statement. Valid for academic year 2016-17.

Application Procedure

All applicants who have made firm acceptances of our offer (conditional or unconditional) before April 29, 2016 will be automatically considered. Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academic merit and the demonstration of a personal commitment to teaching shown in the applicant’s personal statement. A selection committee will meet in July 2016 and successful candidates will be notified by mid-July, 2016.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Normally, a minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. IELTS: 6.5 (6.0 in speaking and listening; 6.5 in reading and writing)

Course Fees

2016/17: Overseas £13,950, Home/EU £6,100

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