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The MA English Language Teaching (ELT) at De Montfort University explores contemporary research issues and a variety of teaching methodologies in English Language Teaching (ELT). You will broaden your understanding of the theoretical and practical issues faced by ELT teachers and learners in the classroom.

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Reasons to study the MA English Language Teaching (ELT) at  De Montfort University :

  • The Centre for English Language Learning (CELL) is accredited by the British Council
  • Those working and studying part-time can choose between a final dissertation or a work-based project
  • Every member of the English language department is highly qualified, experienced and brings a truly international dimension to their teaching. Most have been guest speakers at conferences throughout the world and have lived and taught extensively abroad
  • CELL is also an institutional member of British Association for Lecturers of Academic English (BALEAP) and the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL)
  • This course will assure prospective employers not only of your theoretical awareness of ELT-related issues and trends but also of your ability and acumen as a teacher of ELT at the highest level
  • Many of our alumni have gone on to successful careers as tutors, Heads of Study and university lecturers both in the UK and overseas
  • The programme regularly receives excellent reports from external moderators and examiners
  • CELL has strong relationships with overseas English language providers, which often enhance students’ employment prospects
  • Students who demonstrate a high degree of teaching competence are often employed part-time by CELL for summer schools

You will take part in teaching practice sessions where appropriate, and examine current research trends and issues. Taught by experts in our British Council accredited CELL, the MA in ELT is aimed at language specialists worldwide, which is why we welcome applications from both native and non-native English speakers and do not always require experience in ELT.  

The MA ELT includes core modules such as Trends and Issues in Communicative Classroom, Teaching of Receptive and Productive Skills, and Research Methods. You can also choose two of the following optional modules: English for Specific Purposes and Course Design, Assessing Language, and Psycholinguistics. The main characteristic of this programme is that it highlights the application of theoretical knowledge to classroom teaching situations. It is designed primarily to develop your future career prospects in ELT; and also lead to further postgraduate research in the areas of English language teaching and learning.

Graduate careers

There has never been a better time to enhance your career prospects as an ELT expert. This course can provide a gateway to prestigious careers as a teacher at internationally-recognised English language institutions. In addition this is the type of qualification that most universities or other tertiary organisations now require for lecturers of English for academic purposes. 

This qualification will assure prospective employers not only of your theoretical awareness of ELT-related issues and trends but also of your ability and acumen as a teacher of ELT at the highest level.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Teaching of Receptive and Productive Skills
  • Trends and Issues in Communicative Classroom
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation or Work-based Project
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Assessing English Language: Context and Construct
  • English for Specific Purposes and Course Design

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Lower Second Class (required)
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6.5 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You should have the equivalent of a UK bachelor’s degree (2:2 minimum) in a relevant subject such as English or Education. 
  • We welcome applications from a wide sector and all non-standard applications will be carefully considered. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14100 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    8100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8100 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • UK/EU - £4,050 (part-time) per year


At DMU, we are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study.

  • Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship
Up to 50 per cent of tuition fees offered to Home/EU DMU alumni for students who wish to continue their studies at DMU by enrolling on a Postgraduate taught course.
  • Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship
Apply for the Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship, worth up to £6,000.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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