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MA TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)

Course Description

Our postgraduate TESOL course helps you take advantage of the worldwide opportunities for top-quality teachers of English as a second or foreign language.


We have combined our practical, intercultural, applied approach to language teaching with our expertise in linguistics to create a TESOL masters programme that will help you to realise your full potential as an English Language teacher.

Visit the website http://www.surrey.ac.uk/postgraduate/tesol-teaching-english-speakers-other-languages

Programme overview

This masters degree is for those who have a 2.1 honours degree and are planning to embark on a career in English Language Teaching.

Whether you are from the UK or overseas, studying for your TESOL masters at our beautiful campus close to London is the key to unlocking international career opportunities in a sector that is enjoying impressive sustained growth.

This postgraduate programme will develop your knowledge and understanding of the main theories relating to language learning, as well as enhancing your knowledge of the structure and use of the English language. We will help you to master the principles of language learning so that you can apply them with confidence and imagination in your own teaching practice.

With opportunities to develop as a tutor and become an active member of the international academic and professional ELT community, this course is a great complement to a teaching qualification.


Full-time students will take six compulsory modules (three in each semester), two optional modules (one in each semester), and also complete a small research project and dissertation.

Part-time students will be expected to study two modules per semester over four semesters (two years) and then complete the dissertation over one further year.

N.B. Part-time students may submit the dissertation early, if appropriate, and providing they have passed all the taught elements of the programme.

Compulsory modules:

• English Grammar for Teachers
• Second Language Learning Principles
• Phonetics and Phonology for Teachers
• Language Teaching Methodology
• Curriculum Design
• Research Methods in ELT
• Dissertation

You will complete a dissertation of not more than 15,000 words based on your own original empirical research.

Optional modules:

• Teaching English for Specific Purposes
• Testing & Assessment in ELT
• Text & Discourse Analysis for ELT
• ELT Materials: Design and Evaluation
• Management in ELT
• Computer Assisted Language Learning
• Teaching Intercultural Communication
• Teaching Young Learners

Please note that modules and module content are subject to change.

Teaching Methods

A variety of teaching methods will be used. In addition to formal lectures, you will participate in workshops and seminars. You will have full access to University and departmental facilities and resources, including state-of-the-art language-teaching facilities. There will also be opportunities for 'microteaching'.


A variety of assessment methods may be used, including essays, presentations, assessed microteaching, coursework and exams.

Career Opportunities

There is almost no limit to where our MA TESOL could take you. English is one of the world's most widely used languages, and there is a demand for English Language teachers all over the world. A postgraduate year spent studying for an MA TESOL at Surrey will combine effectively with a teaching qualification as a perfect springboard for your career. If you are from overseas, gaining your masters here in the UK will give you extra prestige as you build your career.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.surrey.ac.uk/apply/postgraduate

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

Student Profiles

TECHNE (AHRC) Studentships - No. of awards TBC

As a member of the TECHNE Doctoral Training Partnership, University of Surrey students are eligible to apply for Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) studentships (stipend and fee waiver). TECHNE is a consortium of seven universities in London and the South East offering a rich and diverse training programme for doctoral students with a focus on interdisciplinarity and developing career potential both in and beyond higher education. Studentships are awarded by TECHNE to the best students put forward by its member universities. The TECHNE training programme is enhanced by input and placement opportunities provided by TECHNE’s 13 partner organisations (including the Barbican, Natural History Museum, Museum of London, BFI and Science Museum) in the cultural sector. Please visit TECHNE to find out more about the aims and opportunities of TECHNE.TECHNE – the Consortium is named in reference to the Greek term for craft – will create a new model for collaborative research skills training for PGR students across seven higher education institutions (Royal Holloway, Brighton University, Kingston University, Roehampton University, Royal College of Art, University of Surrey, University of the Arts London). TECHNE’s vision is to produce scholars who are highly motivated and prepared for academic, public or professional life. Students will benefit from a diversity of training opportunities and be able to draw on supervisory expertise from across the Consortium.It is not possible to apply directly to TECHNE for a studentship; applications for students wishing to be based at Surrey must be made via the University of Surrey. Your TECHNE application will therefore go through a two-stage process, being considered firstly by either the School of Arts or the School of English and Languages, to go forward to TECHNE and, if successful, secondly by a panel of subject specialists from TECHNE members.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Fee and Maintenance


Open to Home and EU candidates; please see guidance on residency requirements outlined in the RCUK’s Conditions of Research Council Training Grants
Studentships will be awarded on the basis of the academic excellence of both the candidate and the research proposal. This is an extremely competitive process and only very high calibre candidates will be successful

Application Procedure

The first step for all Candidates is to approach their prospective academic school and supervisor.
More Information is available at: http://www.surrey.ac.uk/fass/research/studentships/ahrc/index.htm

Further Information



Faculty Studentship Competition - No. of awards TBC

Faculty Studentships are available in the following areasSchool of Arts:Cultural Production, Creative Practices, Dance, Digital Arts, Film, Interdisciplinary Arts, Music, Performance, Sound Recording, Theatre.School of English and Languages:English Literature, Creative Writing, Translation Studies, Modern Languages, Theoretic Linguistics (Morphology) and Applied Linguistics (Intercultural Communication).School of Social Sciences:Criminology and Criminal Justice; Developments in Methodology; Identities, Diversities, and the Life Course; Media, Culture and Communication; Science, Environment and Technologies; European politics; International politics; Social politics and methodology

Value of Scholarship(s)



Under the FASS Studentship Scheme Home / EU and International Students are eligible to apply for 2016 entry. Successful International students will be awarded a fees at the Home / EU Rate and a stipend. Please note that full international fees are not covered: candidates should ensure that they are in a position to cover the outstanding costs.Studentships will be awarded on the basis of the academic excellence of both the candidate and the research proposal. This is an extremely competitive process and only very high calibre candidates will be successful.

Application Procedure

The first step for all Candidates is to approach their prospective academic school and supervisor.More information is available at: http://www.surrey.ac.uk/fass/research/studentships/faculty/index.htm

Further Information



Discounts for Surrey graduates - No. of awards TBC

If you are a self-funded UK, EU or international student who has studied for an undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey campus in Guildford, you could be eligible for a ten per cent discount on our taught postgraduate Masters programme fees. This scheme is for applicable to Postgraduate Taught entry students only and is reviewed annually.Students who graduated in 2013 are eligible, as well as alumni from previous years, on receipt of evidence of the award from Surrey and where we can identify that you actually studied in Guildford. Students from SII-DUFE are eligible for this scheme.Associated Institution students are not eligible. Not available to modular self-pacing students.

Value of Scholarship(s)

10% tuition fee discount


If you are a self-funded UK, EU or international student who has studied for an undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey campus in Guildford

Application Procedure

If you have any enquiries regarding this matter please contact the Student Fees and Funding Office on [email protected]

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Native English speakers: a minimum of a UK 2.1 honours degree – or equivalent – in a relevant language, translation or other relevant subject. Speakers of other languages: a minimum of a UK 2.1 honours degree in English or another relevant subject. In exceptional cases, alternative qualifications and professional experience may be considered. English language requirements: IELTS minimum overall: 7.0; IELTS minimum by component: Reading: 6.5, Writing: 7.0, Speaking: 6.5, Listening: 6.5

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