Our Applied Linguistics and TESOL MA will improve or update your knowledge and understanding of teaching English as a foreign or second language.
It has a strong emphasis on:
- language learning
- interaction in second language classrooms and wider settings
- teacher development
- engagement in learning and with technology
The course is available to:
- those with teaching experience (in-service)
- those without teaching experience (pre-service)
- lecturers at higher education institutions
You'll be taught by expert staff with experience of teaching English around the world. Our range of optional modules allow you to build your own course matching your individual interests
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What you'll learn
By the end of the Applied Linguistics and TESOL MA you'll be familiar with current developments in applied linguistics and TESOL. In particular, you'll develop your knowledge of:
- language learning
- features of communication in a range of settings
- teaching methodology
Most modules last one semester.
The course consists of three main parts:
- compulsory modules (60 credits)
- optional modules (60 credits)
- research project (60 credits)
Optional modules include a wide range of modules in TESOL and applied linguistics, as well as linguistics and education. You can build the course to match your individual interests and/or future career needs.
You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.
Module information is intended to provide an example of what you will study.
Our teaching is informed by research. Course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.
Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.
Optional modules availability
Some course have optional modules. Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.
To find out more please see our terms and conditions.
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You'll take at least two further compulsory modules from the following list:
- English Language Teaching Methods
- Language Awareness
- Language Learning
How you'll learn
We deliver modules through a mix of:
- online lecture videos and activities
- online interactive lessons
- in-person small group teaching
- in-person small group workshops
We use a variety of teaching methods to:
- support your learning experience
- develop your learning potential
- prepare you for real-world challenges
Interactive sessions encourage you to apply new knowledge, concepts and skills to your practice. Weekly independent study tasks allow you to engage with and contribute to sessions and seminars.
If you choose to study part time you will take up to 80 credits during your first year. During second year you will complete the remaining credits and conduct your research project.
Depending on your modules, you'll be assessed through a combination of:
- Computer assessment
- Professional skills assessments
- Reflective log
- Research proposal
- Written exercise
Your teaching and learning is also supported by Canvas. Canvas is a Virtual Learning Environment. You'll use Canvas to submit your assignments and access your:
Throughout your studies, you’ll have access to support from:
- our University Student Services Team
You'll also be assigned an academic member of staff. They will be your personal tutor throughout your time with us. They can help with academic and personal issues.
As part of the course you'll carry out a research project. This encourages you to explore teaching and learning issues through collecting and analysing data. Our research methods module will provide you with a range of research tools and training.
To ensure a positive learning experience, a variety of support is available, focusing on:
- critical thinking
- academic writing
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Fees and funding
Tuition fees for 2022 entry (per year)
If your studies last longer than one year, your tuition fee may increase in line with inflation.
Depending on your residency history, if you’re a student from the EU, other EEA or a Swiss national, with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, you’ll normally pay the ‘Home’ tuition fee rate and may be eligible for Student Finance England support.
EU students without settled or pre-settled status will normally be charged fees at the ‘International’ rate and will not be eligible for Student Finance England support.
If you are unsure of your fee status, check out the latest guidance here.
We support our EU and international students by providing a generous range of Vice-Chancellor's automatic and merit-based scholarships. See our searchable postgraduate funding page for more information.
What you're paying for
Tuition fees include the costs of:
- tuition (or supervision)
- library access
Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.
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- additional costs
- living costs
- tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts
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The entrance requirements below apply to 2022 entry.
Qualifications from outside the UK
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