About this course
Study the theory and practice of English Language Teaching (ELT) with our MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) master’s degree.
You can apply for this course if you have recently graduated and are starting your career in teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL).
This UK-based MA ELT TESOL is ideal for graduates who want to teach English as a second or additional language, or work in the teaching education sector.
Our English language teaching master's degree will help you develop specialist knowledge and skills in TESOL and related linguistic areas.
On MA TESOL you’ll study the most recent approaches to the curriculum, assessment and pedagogy (interactions between teachers, students, and the learning environment and tasks) and have the opportunity to pursue your interests. Optional modules you can study include subjects like:
- learner autonomy
- English as an international language
On this TESOL studies course you’ll explore the theory and practice of English language teaching. You’ll be prepared to challenge current practices and take an innovative approach to your future career as a leader in the field.
Our graduates are employed across the world in all areas of the English language teaching profession.
If you’re already teaching English through TESOL and want to advance your career, take a look at our MA English Language Teaching TESOL course.
If you prefer, you can apply to study this course as:
- a part-time master's - study the same course content over 2 or more years
Your modules and fees may vary if you choose a different study option.
Your course leader, Dr Sarah Rule, has research interests in language acquisition and processing.
This course is based at Avenue.
This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.
Download the programme specification
The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.
You’ll need a 2:1 honours degree in a language or relevant subject.
Find the equivalent international qualifications for your country.
If you are over 21 and feel you would benefit from degree-level studies, we can be more flexible with our entry requirements. We’ll expect you to demonstrate your commitment by means of some recent serious study, such as:
- at least 1 A Level pass
- completion of an Open University foundation course
- completion of an appropriate Access course
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You'll study this master’s course full-time over one year. Each semester is made up of key modules you must study and gives you the choice to select what modules you want to learn.
Guest speakers will deliver seminars and you’ll have other extension activities as part of your TESOL learning.
You’ll complete your research dissertation project over the final 18 weeks of the course.
You can also choose to study this part time, the taught part will take place over 4 semesters, followed by the dissertation.
Want more detail? See all the modules in the course.
For entry in Academic Year 2020-21
You must study the following modules in year 1:
You must also choose from the following modules in year 1:
Learning and assessment
The learning activities for this course include the following:
- research projects
- independent study
Your contact hours will vary depending on your module choices.
We’ll assess you through:
You’ll also receive ongoing assessment and feedback through lecture and seminar activities.
You’ll complete your dissertation during the final 18 weeks of this full-time course. On this project, you’ll need to conduct research in an area related to the teaching of English.
We’ll assign you a personal tutor, and you’ll have access to a senior tutor.
You’ll be prepared to start your career as a English language teacher in state and private schools across the world.
You can also work in Education Ministries or in the publishing industry.
Careers services at Southampton
We're a top 20 UK university for employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2019). Our Careers and Employability Service will support you throughout your time as a student and for up to 5 years after graduation. This support includes:
- work experience schemes
- CV/resume and interview skills workshops
- networking events
- careers fairs attended by top employers
- a wealth of volunteering opportunities
- study abroad and summer school opportunities
We have a vibrant entrepreneurship culture. You'll be able to take advantage of:
Fees, costs and funding
Fees for a year's study:
- UK/EU students pay £9,250.
- International students pay £18,812.
What your fees pay for
Your tuition fee covers the full cost of tuition and all examinations.
10% alumni discount
If you’re a graduate of the University of Southampton you get a 10% discount on your postgraduate tuition fees.
Postgraduate Master’s Loans (UK and EU nationals only)
This can help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate master's course. Find out if you're eligible.
Funding your postgraduate studies
A variety of additional scholarships, grants and bursaries may be available to help you fund your master’s study, both from the University and from other organisations.
How to apply
You can apply directly through our online form by using the apply button on this page.
Applications must be received no later than 4 weeks before the start of the course. You must supply all supporting documentation at least two weeks before starting your course.
We recommend you apply at least 6 weeks before the start of the course to ensure you're able to meet our requirements and apply for a visa in time.
We cannot guarantee students who do not meet these deadlines will be able to begin their course.
When you apply you’ll need to submit a personal statement explaining why you want to take the course.
You’ll need to include information about:
- your knowledge of the subject area
- why you want to study a postgraduate qualification in this course
- how you intend to use your qualification
You'll also need to send 2 academic references.
Please include the required paperwork showing your first degree and your IELTS English language test score (if you are a non-native English speaker) with your application. Without these, your application may be delayed.
You may also be asked to provide:
- a degree transcript
- a reference
- an English language qualification
- a personal statement
Learn more about how to apply with our postgraduate application guide.
What happens after you apply
You'll be able to track your application through our online Applicant Record System.
We will assess your application on the strength of your:
- academic achievements
- relevant professional experience
- personal statement
- academic references
We'll get back to you within 6 weeks with a decision about your application.
We may invite you to an interview, which will take place by phone if you live abroad. You'll get an email from the admissions tutor if we'd like to talk to you before offering you a place.
Equality and diversity
We treat and select everyone in line with our Equality and Diversity Statement.
Got a question?
Please contact us if you're not sure you have the right experience or qualifications to get onto this course.
Tel: +44(0)23 8059 5000