About this course
Develop a deeper understanding of the theory and practice of English Language Teaching (ELT) with this master’s degree.
You can apply for this course if you have experience in teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL) and want to gain skills for leadership roles in ELT.
If you don’t have experience as an EFL teacher and want to begin your career as one, you can apply for our MA English Language Teaching TESOL Studies course.
Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) give people all over the world the ability to communicate fluently in English. This MA degree will give you the tools you need to teach English effectively. Throughout the programme you'll study topics such as:
- how to analyse language for ELT
- current issues in language teaching methodology
- critical appraisal of language teaching
This master’s degree in English Language Teaching is offered by our Centre for Applied Language Research.
Staff contributing to the programme are involved in:
- direct teaching of EFL and other languages
- research and development work in applied linguistics and language learning
- sociolinguistics and cultural studies
This blend of theoretical expertise and ongoing practical experience is one of the distinguishing features of our programme.
On completion of the course, you’ll be ready for a rewarding career as a language teacher, language teaching educator, or applied linguistics researcher.
The part-time study option for this course will not be running for the 2020/21 academic year.
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 degree in one of the following subjects:
- Modern Languages
You’ll also need a minimum of two years’ professional experience related to English language teaching.
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You'll study this full-time master's degree over 12 months.
In the first 9 months (semesters 1 and 2) you’ll study the taught part of your course.
This is made up of modules that everyone on the course takes, and modules we’ll ask you to choose from a list of options. We’ll also prepare you for your independent project and dissertation.
For the last 3 months, over the summer, you’ll work independently to research and write your dissertation. You’ll have one-to-one meetings with your supervisor during this time to discuss your progress.
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:
- tutor and student-led seminars
- tutorials and workshops
- individual and group projects
We’ll assess you through a combination of:
- annotated bibliography
- critical research review
- reports on design and trialling of research instruments
- reports on workshop tasks
- records of oral presentations
- data analysis tasks
At the end of the programme, you will submit a 15,000-word dissertation demonstrating your ability to carry out an extended piece of independent research in English language teaching.
You’ll have access to:
- a personal academic tutor for general support
- a research supervisor to offer guidance throughout your dissertation
Our graduates move on to advanced and leadership positions in:
- language teaching
- language teacher education
These roles are based either in state and private schools, or education ministries and educational bodies at regional and state level.
A master’s degree will help you develop the skills employers look for, such as:
- time, deadline and project management
- problem solving, critical thinking and research analysis
- working independently
- teamwork, relationship-building and cultural awareness
- using your initiative
Above all, you will learn to communicate your ideas and enthusiasm to a wide range of audiences.
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.
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