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If you're a teacher of English to speakers of other languages (TESOL, ELT, EFL, EAP), or looking to begin a TESOL career, this two-year MA Applied Linguistics and TESOL (with Professional Experience) degree will enable you to enhance your skills and employability with real workplace experience.  

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During your first year, you'll be taught by our linguistics experts at the University, learning to apply the latest TESOL theory to classroom situations and critically evaluate your own approaches to teaching in a global context. You'll also work on lesson and course planning and design, and learn how to conduct and analyse research into teaching techniques.

If you've completed initial ELT, TESOL or TEFL teacher training but you don't yet have a minimum of three months full-time teaching experience, you'll also do an extra module to build up your practical teaching skills.

In Year 2, you'll apply your learning on a 12-month work placement or professional experience programme tailored to your career goals.

You'll graduate with the communication and intercultural skills and expertise to work as a more effective and well-rounded TESOL practitioner, in the UK or overseas. You could also go on to roles in areas such as educational management or leadership, curriculum development, editing, publishing or advertising.

Course highlights

  • Gain first-hand experience on a 12-month professional experience module or work placement related to your chosen career, such as in an English language school, allowing you to apply theory to practice and build a solid professional network
  • Enhance your abilities to teach English to speakers of other languages in the UK and around the world
  • Expand your knowledge of the theories and methods used in linguistics, and conduct and analyse research into teaching techniques
  • Reflect on your classroom practice in order to improve the way you teach
  • Learn to plan and design lessons and courses that create an effective and engaging learning experience for students

Careers and opportunities

English is a global language. It's taught and learned all around the world – so much so that people who have learned it as a second language now outnumber native English speakers (ThoughtCo).

Those who teach English to speakers of other languages need expert training in the field, both theoretical and in the classroom, in order to provide the highest standards of teaching.

This Master's course will give you an internationally recognised qualification, a year of professional experience, and the linguistics and teaching theory to gain a competitive advantage and deliver the best possible TESOL training.

Graduates of this course have gone onto areas such as:

  • teaching English as a second/foreign language
  • teaching ESOL in the UK
  • teaching other languages, applying skills learning on this course
  • educational management and/or leadership
  • teacher training
  • materials writing
  • curriculum development
  • editing
  • publishing
  • advertising

Graduates of this course have gone onto roles such as:

  • Director of Studies (DoS)
  • Senior Teacher
  • Senior Lecturer of English as a Foreign Language

Programme Structure

Core modules

  • Second Language Acquisition – 30 credits
  • Theory and Practice of TESOL – 30 credits
  • Dissertation – 60 credits

Optional modules

  • Using Technology and Corpora in Learning, Teaching and Research – 30 credits
  • World Englishes – 30 credits
  • Analysing, Evaluating and Writing Material – 30 credits
  • Analysing Discourse – 30 credits
  • Professional Portfolio – 30 credits

Key information

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Janurary, September


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On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

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Student insurance

Make sure to cover your health, travel, and stay while studying abroad. Even global coverages can miss important items, so make sure your student insurance ticks all the following:

  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A second-class honours degree or equivalent, plus initial teacher training and a minimum of three months full-time, relevant, teaching experience. If you do not have relevant teaching experience, you can still apply for our campus programme, and you will study an additional non-credit bearing module The Classroom Practice of TESOL at no additional cost.

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Living costs for Portsmouth

710 - 1099 GBP /month
Living costs

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


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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