• Application Deadline
  • 12 months
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.


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 ELT MA includes specialist modules in Applied Linguistics, ELT Methodology English for Specific Purposes and Course Design, and the Teaching of Receptive and Productive Skills. You can also choose two of the following optional modules: Phonetics and Phonology, Using New Technologies to Teaching ELT, and Teaching Practice. This programme is relevant to the practical and theoretical considerations of ELT today. It is designed primarily to develop your future career prospects in ELT and enhance further postgraduate ELT research.

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:

  • Trends and Issues in ELT Classroom
  • Teaching of Receptive and Productive Skills
  • Teaching Phonetics and Phonology
  • English for Specific Purposes and Course Design
  • Using New Technologies in ELT
  • Socio and Psycho-Linguistics

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description

      Not available to international students. 

  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Lower Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

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

    13600 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13600 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    5300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5300 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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  • EU/EEA - £422 per 15 credits (part-time) per year.

Living costs for Leicester

  • 751 - 1430 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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